My Track Plan

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Doc Holliday, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks to some help from Will Annand, I finally got a respectable track plan to post. The scan of my original pencil scribble just didn't cut it. Feel free to comment, although be kind as I've already got all the track laid. Overall size is about 8'x11', but it is on wheels so I can get to all sides. Yes, the reach to the upper left corner is way too long, I'll be installing a pop-up under the mountain.

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  2. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Looks good Doc. I see one of your turnouts is over the lake. Better make sure it works properly or some of your rolling stock could be taking a bath. :D :D
    Also, do your wheels roll smoothly? A bump could derail a lot of train. :cry:
  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Here's a pic of the plate girder bridge I scratch built to carry the the switch over the water. I figured that the plate girders would be adequate to prevent my locos from taking a bath.
    As to the wheel bumps, I'm sure I've got some. I need to finish placing the bridge and two trestles in order to run trains to work out the glitches.
  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Nice work Doc. :thumb:

    Clark, it is the Wild West, they only take baths on Saturday night. :D

    Doc, I like that 4-4-0 I have one just like it. One day I will dismantle mine to repaint it for the CVR.
  5. sams

    sams Member

    looks good,
    i see you only have one connection between the two loops.
    how about another one so you wouldn't have to go in reverse to get back?
  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    The 4-4-0 is a great little engine. I plan (hope) to someday redecorate it as the "Wanderer" from the 1960's Wild, Wild, West TV show.

    I originally had two totally separate mainlines, without any connections at all. After I installing the trackwork, I worked in the single connection so I wouldn't have to play the hand of God to switch tracks. Although the track plan doesn't show it, the two tracks are at substantially different elevations. The connection I added is the only one that will work grade-wise.
  7. besides, most old west trains weren't too long, a 'reverse' move would actually be pretty typical for the time. (but then, so was the dreaded 'Cornfield Meet'
  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    My view is that any old time layout requires a turntable, but that is just me.
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thats a good layout for running two trains at a time with room for industries and such. If you can't put in a turntable as Will suggests a turning wye may help.
  10. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Can't tell from the pic, where's the hole in the wall for the gang?
  11. sams

    sams Member

    hey, butch...
    think we used enough dynamite?:D :D :D
  12. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    If you decide to add a turntable..As you may already know the turntable will be a "Armstrong" type where the crew turned the engine by pushing the turntable by hand. :eek:
  13. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Doc, I know you are an Old West fan, have you heard about Elmer McCurdy?

    I have just started a book "Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and After Live Of An American Outlaw" by Mark Svenvold.

    Born 1880. Shot dead 1911. Buried 1977. Reality is sometimes more bizarre than fiction.
  14. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    That is just too wierd Will
    What some folks wont do to make a nickle ;)

    Nice layout for simple running and fun.
    Of course back in them days you dont really have to have an operations plan.1 train per day,send it east till it gets robbed.Continue east and wait 5 hours for the buffalo to finish crossing the tracks.Back up 6 miles while indians chase you away from thier Buffalo.Have a Corn field meet with the 1 train heading west. Order 2 new 4-4-0's and hire 2 new crews to replace the expired ones.
    do the same thing again Next week :D
    Easiest operation plan i ever wrote ;)
  15. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Old Elmer sounds like just the kind of guy that would call Defiance home. I may just have to name a saloon after him, or better yet, make him the town undertaker.

    I've got outlaws, buffalo, and indians, but no corn field. What's a corn field meet?
  16. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Now, Doc, you really should make it realistic. :wave:

    Elmer was a loser as an outlaw, his crime spree lasted 6 months, they (Elmer and three friends) hit 2 trains and 2 banks... his share from all four was less than $200.00

    His claim to fame was that after he was shot, his body was not claimed for years.
    His body was taken to the Johnson Funeral Home and Joseph Johnson put him on display as the Oklahoma Outlaw.

    So you need a Johnson Funeral Home with a casket and corpse on display in the front window. How much more "bad western" can you get? :thumb: :D
  17. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Not a bad idea Will, I'll have to give it some thought. I'd already planned on displaying the three losers at the OK Corral.

    Back to my question, what's a corn field meet?
  18. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Doc, you got me, "cornfeild meet" is a term I have not heard before.

    Screwy, what is a "cornfield meet"?
  19. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I'm sorry Will, I need to pay more attention. I thought you were the one commenting on it. It was Screwy and Tileguy.
  20. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Cornfield Meet- 2 trains on a single track mainline,one going east,the other going west,both start at the same time and end up meeting in Iowa in some cornfield
    Crash %^&$%^%$ I had the right of way you &^%#$^$&
    I have T&TO authority you *&^^%$&^%*(
    I'm a hot freight and have priority over T&TO you litlle *&^%$^&* back it up BOZO!!!

    I think you get the picture :D :D

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