Finally some layout photos

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by toopoor, May 20, 2003.

  1. toopoor

    toopoor New Member

  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge! Nice looking layout you have going there!
  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    HI toopoor.

    Welcome to the Gauge. That is a great layout you have. I really like the explanations you gave. Thanks loads
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member have a basement. Actually, we do have basements in Florida only we call them garages. :D Great work.
  5. toopoor

    toopoor New Member


    Thanks fellas, I hope to be expanding it soon. The runs just are not quite long enough :cool: :cool:

  6. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    I was just thinking that we have not had any H O scale post for quite a while and when I check it today there you are.
    So welcome HO scaler:D :D :D :D
    That`s a very busy track plan, You have got a lot packed in there;)
    I noticed you are using the Atlas switch and motors(throws), How do you find them ?? We used them on our modual with under floor motors, they can be a bit weak at times.
    Anyway Looking forward to your posts on the J Y Burlington Northern R/W
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Re: Thanks

    Uh oh...he's been bit. There goes the laundry room, the water heater and the furnace. No kidding---the late, great model railroader John Allen sheepishly admitted to knocking out columns in his basement to make room only to realize his living room was dangerously close to calapsing on his railroad. Timber!!!!:D :p
  8. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Hi toopoor,

    I guess you made your track plan with the help of 3rdPlanIt, right? :cool:

    You got interesting possibilities for train operations with this layout. Keep us posted with your progress - and perhaps you could add a few 3D previews, too! (I like that textured background with the wooded hill! :) )

  9. toopoor

    toopoor New Member

    Oh I have been bit. Badly I was bit when I was 5 and my dad wouldn't let me anywhere near his trains. Since then I have waited and waited, finally I have my own house, my own money, and once again my own peace of mind.

    Actually I built the layout first using the Atlas book. (no need for a plan). Then when I was thinking about expansion, I decided to design it well first then lay it down. I wanted to connect it to the open side of the layout by the engine facility so I need to get the current layout in the 3rdplan it. Well that was a task in itself. I knew it didn't need to be perfect since it was already built, but I wanted to be able to acurately expand. Thats about as close as its gonna get.

    I hope to have some plan of the xpansion I have been planning, but want to wait until it closer to the final. And I decided to add a helix stagging yard, which is gonna be a bear to put into the CAD.

    The Atlas motors are ok. I have not had any problems with them. I am planning on replacing some with tort machines, I just don't like the snap of the atlas machine, plus I will be adding them to my DCC via DS54 and BDL162 . I also found they have to be mounted perfectely or they dont snap. In a couple of places I had to reverse the switch since there was no room.
    All and all I am satisfied, but thinking more of torts with peco turnouts for the xpansion.

    Thanks for all your nice comments.

  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I just joined a club that has a helix in it's layout. It is one beautiful piece of carpentry. In the space of about 4'x8', it rises 28" in 6 spirals. My doodlebug goes in a around 25 scale mph and takes almost 6 minutes to complete. It enters and exits at 4 different track levels. When I get pics I'll post them. The most comforting part about it is that, with a layout full of Tortoise switch machines, all 8 machines within the helix are them ol' reliable Atlas "snap dragons".

    Please keep us posted on yours. I wasn't a fan of helixs until the club's. The time factor and the sense of distance added to operations is just great

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