Missabe layout progress

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Kevinkrey, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    Here is the trackplan for my layout. It is based on the Iron Range division of the DMIR ( Two Harbors to Iron Junction).

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  2. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    Sorry for the bad quality, I scanned the image, but here are some pictures that might help.

    • Between the taconitr plant and the scalehouse, depicted in the lower right of the trackplan
    • Bridge modeled after the Cloquet River (not part of the Iron Range Division). Upper center of trackplan.
    • Site of the taconite plant, large portion to the right.
    • Two Harbors yard, left side of the trackplan (I have dismantled the first try at an ore dock, or at least the benchwork), notice the small portion of my tacoite car fleet.
    • The lower left of the trackplan and a possible future guage railroad locomotive.:mrgreen:

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  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Looks like you're well on the way Kevin! The Iron Range seems like a great theme to model. I've always enjoyed my visits to Two Harbors and those ore decks. I look forward to your updates. Are you basing the taconite plant on the one in Silver Bay by any chance? Good idea to make the large structure a pop up access.
  4. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    I am not really modeling the taconite plant after a particular one. They are all very similar though, big metal buildings. I will try to get close to either the Minntac or Minorca plants though. DMIR runs pellets from both through Two Harbors. I might make a roof for the taconite plant for in pictures. My only disapointment is that there is not a whole hack of alot of mainline. And there is not much room for expansion because I share the basement with my other hobby, woodworking.
  5. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Looks real good Kevin. My mainline is like that too, so I make three runs around to rack up some miles before I start switching. Kind of extends the fun some more.

  6. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    Just a thought - if you really want a longer mainline, you could make an oval-shaped helix where the taconite plant is in your plan, and then go up to a second level and have an ore/taconite loading area there. Of course as an iron ore modeller myself, I know long ore trains and grades don't work too well together, but with a 2-3 diesels on the train it could work.
  7. jesso

    jesso Member

    Looks like fun! Where do you "duck-under" to get inside the main loop of your layout? I can't wait to see you bridge and river scene!
  8. GN.2-6-8-0

    GN.2-6-8-0 Member

    How wide did you say your curves were????

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  9. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    How could I forget!!!!! Curves large enough to fit a Yellowstone. My previous layout had 24 radius curves and could not keep loco and ore cars connected so I laid some flex track on this layout. Big enough for my locos but not a Yellowstone.:cry: But I can dream.:rolleyes:

    I have thought about a heliex or a ramp but I have no means of creating that benchwork. I could put shelves on the wall but no way to attach to the concrete walls.
  10. wpyr

    wpyr Member

    Its going to be a great layout!:thumb:
  11. zachary

    zachary Member

    nice layout kevin how many turnouts are you useing on this layout
  12. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    If all works out (I am questioning if I left enough room for the ladder tracks in the yard) there will be 6 left hands, 3 right hands, and two wyes. Any suggestions about size? My biggest loco is an sd45t-2 and I have many taconite cars. I was planning on #6, but that might take up more space than I had planned for, think #5's would work?
  13. zachary

    zachary Member

    yeah i think number fives would work i wouldnt go no lower than that cause it will be to tight of an angle for your locos
  14. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    DM&IR steam is just plain awesome...so many nice locomotives.
  15. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    The duck under is supposed to be the straight section (located inthe bottom right of the last picture) and the top right of the trackplan. But right now you can go through at a number of places. On the trackplan there is a wall running along the top, bottom, and left. I become more jealous every time I see that darned Yellowstone. To me the models alost look a little to green.
  16. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member


    Needs a little paint...[​IMG]
  17. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    I dont want to make a new thread, unless I weather many more cars so here is jusy one. My DM&IR covered hopper used to haul materials used to make taconite pellets. And then some pics of a train ( it traveled into another world where there is no track and the ground is pink):p

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  18. PWRR-2207

    PWRR-2207 Rogue Islander

    OK, enough guessing as to how long the sides of the layout are based on the drawing's 3' legend because that line of cars behind the engine is loooong - So, Kevinkrey, exactly how long are the sides?
  19. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    The camera was in macro, making the train look LOOOOOOONG in the second pic. The long way, the layout is about 20' or 21', the other way is about 9', untill I add an ore dock.
  20. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    20ft by 9ft is a pretty darn big layout man! with a 21ft run,you couldput a 2% grade up the taconite plant side and have a mine in the upper right hand corner with a tunnel over your main very easily.and by the way those engines and cars lookk GREAT :thumb:--josh

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