Name that Layout

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by COMBAT, Dec 31, 2006.


    COMBAT Member

    :wave: Hi, I have tried to figure out what to name my layout. I thought I would look here for suggestions since this comunity is so helpful anyways.

    The time Era is present, the location is the Northwest U.S. The trains are Santa Fe and BNSF with a little BN thrown in later.

    Here is a drawing of the track plan.


    Thanks for the suggestions! :D
  2. Illus

    Illus Member

    Do you want a layout name or a town name?
  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    **EDIT** Town Name
  4. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Sometimes I've wondered "Why does a layout need a name?" But it's common pracice, so...

    Typical patterns in this case would be "BNSF _______ Division", "BNSF _______ Line", "BNSF ______ District", "BNSF ________ Branch". Then there's naming a layout after the region...

    COMBAT Member

    I am looking for the town name. There is a granite mine here, the shipping container yard, some small amount of log cutting going on and a town. I guess I should have explained it a little better. Sorry. :)
  6. Midnight

    Midnight Member

    Town: Retsum, AZ or any Northwest state
    Railroad: Retsum City Railroad and Granite Mining

    Like it?


    COMBAT Member

    Retsum, different. I was leaning towards Island Rock. The reason is, if you look at the diagram, all of the inner area where we will be standing is supposed to be a bay, harbor if you will. Well that makes the container yard kinda on a pennisula and there is a mountain at the end of it. That makes it an island, kinda, sorta. LOL
    The rock part is the granite company and mountain in one. I dont know, anyone care to run with that idea? :)
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    I HIGHLY suggest you find a locale you're modeling (E.G. Norther California, western AZ, upper kansas, ect.) find names of towns from your region, find a name that fits. Island Rock isn't the best because the postmaster general way back when would not let you found a town with a name too similar to another in the state. (e.g. Confsuion with Rock Island, Ill. )
  9. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Names of regions and towns....

    -Mt. Rainer
    -Wenatchee mountain range
    -Olympia Valley
    -Snake River
    -Oak Harbor
    -Hood Canal
    -Gray's Harbor


    The complete list of towns in WA.

    Also I highly reccomend that if you are going to caputre the flavor of a region as distinct as the Pacific Northwest, you should know about the region a bit!
  10. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    I am modeling the North West, thats my local. I want to keep it vague so I am not copying a real place.I dont want to use a real name of some where else so I am trying to come up with my own. Good point reguarding the postmaster thing, I have to keep that in mind. :)
    Here are some pics of the construction under way. Don't mind the mess it will get better! sign1




  11. jcoop1

    jcoop1 Member

    Granite Flats?

    Looks like a good start
  12. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    Not bad, not bad at all. I like it, anyone else? :)
  13. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I like it, that is a cool name, Granite Flats.

    That benchwork looks great!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    How about some of these other ideas?
    Cascade Pass
    Quarry Heights
    Granite Cove
    Woods Canyon
  15. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    OOO, Quarry Heights sounds cool.
  16. spyder62

    spyder62 New Member

    You can go with Rooster Rock Rail Road branch
    The only clothing op state pack in Oregon and the BNSF runs right by it on the Columbia river with that other road running on the other side. Plus down your way it would be your joke.
  17. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    Another interesting name. I know whats gonna happen, someone is going to suggest a winner! :) I like'em, keep'em coming! :)
  18. holdenburg

    holdenburg Member


    Peninsula, Island?, MMmmm Rocks?.... Sounds like FEC Coral Rock train that goes north everyday at 5pm! The mountain could be the LandFill, the only mountains we have in Florida! Could it be in Florida?? sign1
  19. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    Well, that sure is a different idea. I will give you that :)
  20. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    The mining town of Rocklin is home to the large quarry which provides ballast for the BNSF and the local shortline (or your own creation) which connects Rocklin with the industrial center at Montgomery. The BNSF serves the large container transloading operation at Keyport, which has many suburbs (Cloverdale, Winthrop, and Hamilton) that the BNSF main line rolls through on it's way Northeast.

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