Help with a layout design

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by CAS, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. CAS

    CAS Member

    got it work now, can be clicked on.
    here it is again, i marked which side is which.
    I thought it would give my mainline a little more distance.
    that track will be ground level. Does that mean my little elevated town up on top would have enough room for my grade?
    This is why i had asked for help with a design on the forums. Creativity is not a good point for me.

    baldwinjl, i really do appreciate all you are doing for, and with me. And no need to worry, i won't ask you to come help build it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: sign1.

  2. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    Here is kind of the shape I was thinking, and a way the mainline could get around. The pic is oriented like your original, open right and down.

    I'd put a double ended staging area at the far right, a bit below the track in front of it. The main would be hidden there, and just run straight through.

    It might be possible (in fact I'm sure it is, with a little time) to have the mainline run twice around. The downside would be passing through each 'scene' four times, but I think you could hide a lot of that. It would give a long main that way, but it might be more complexity than you are after right now.



    I may try to add a bit over the weekend, but like I said, mine is calling me!
  3. CAS

    CAS Member

    Jeff, i understand that you have your own work to do. I really appreciate it. I really like the design you came up with.
    Here is a design someone designed for me a while back. i did really like it. I had built the benchwork for it. Then i ran into some problems.
    1st, at the top where i placed the box over the crossing. I didn't know if that was a grade or a crossing. I always thought it was a grade. But was not able to figure ho to get it to work.
    2nd. where i also put a box at a reverse section. I didn't understand on how reverse track worked. As to wiring them. but since then i have read up about the dcc module they have for a reverse.
    The benchwork is no longer here. i dismantled it some time ago.
    Well here is a picture of it.

    Jeff, thanks again for your help

  4. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    I enjoy doing this, I wouldn't do it if I didn't want to! It's just a balancing act between all things I want to do, and the ones I have to do!

    There is a lot to like in that setup. I think it has to be a grade crossing, which is too bad, because I'd want to get the two scenes at the bottom to different levels. In fact I'd probably lose the track that's connecting them, which also gets rid of a doubleslip. That way there would be a distinct yard, and a distinct industrial area. I think I'd leave the reversing capability, but I might hide it a bit. I'd have to think about that.

    On the one I did last night, I was thinking that since you have access from the right, I might leave that part wide all the way down. I'll see what I can think of, sometime after turkey, and perhaps turkey recovery!

  5. CAS

    CAS Member

    Enjoy your turkey :thumb:. I am about to leave and enjoy my turkey also.

    I just went back to the original plan. It does not indicate a crossing up at the top. It shows taht they are each straight tracks.

    i could always remove that reverse by the yard at the bottom. Which it would eleminate the crossover. And maybe add a divider????

  6. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    If we are talking about the same place, yes! Let it stew a bit. Some of the most interseting ideas seem to come when I am not thinking about it!
  7. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Cas, There are two reversing tracks in that yard. Look at the one I marked.


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  8. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    The one Nomad marked is the one I would get rid of for sure. I'm not sure I'm thrilled with the other one either.

  9. CAS

    CAS Member

    Thanks Nomad.
    Thats the 1 i was thinking about, too. I had removed it on the design, and was trying to think about changing the crossover on the top of the design.

    I can always get rid of that 1 too.

  10. CAS

    CAS Member

    Here it is with no reverse's, and the top changed.


    Maybe add a river on the left side, not to leave that area empty.

  11. CAS

    CAS Member

    I'm gonna add a small engine service facilty that would extend out from the bottom left hand corner. And be about 1' or 1.5' wide x 2' to 3' long.

    I had ordered these items for it.
    Walthers Model Railroad Mall -- product information page for 683-1211 ,
    Walthers Model Railroad Mall -- product information page for 683-1103 ,
    and Walthers Model Railroad Mall -- product information page for 683-1105.
    I have this 2 stall loco maintenance building already built, by Bachmann

    And also purchased a roll of cork for this area.
    Probably will start this section in a few days after i receive my order. Then start the rest off the layout after the holidays.

  12. CAS

    CAS Member

    I was thinking about constructing the top right corner of the layout first. I will be building them in 5' sections. Then something about wiring crossed my mind, and has me a little confused now.

    My layout will be DCC. I have the DigiTrak Zephyr. I will also be buying additional throttles. I was thinking about have my DigiTrak Zephyr hooked up at the lower part, where the staging track is at. But i would i wire the layout if i start at the top right hand corner. Will i be able to use terminal strips, to connect the bus wires to each 5' sections?
    Or should i start on my lower left hand corner first? Because the Zephyr will be hooked up there. And if i am able to use the terminal strips, it will be easier to wire. I am not sure :confused:, so i am asking for some help.

    I want to be able to test run trains on the section after the track and roadbed is laid, before i start to build my next section.

  13. Thanks for the book recommendation, it's great. I'm reading it now and it's a great help in the way I'm thinking about my layout.

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