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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by TrainNut, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Hey! I've got this awkward little section on my layout that I've been staring at for a while and trying to figure out what to do with it. I'm at a loss. It is roughly 7" x 2". It is awkward in that it is an inch taller than anything else around it, right on the railyard and not quite big enough but almost.




    I thought about putting a little dirt parking lot in front of a church and off to the side of the church, I could put a little graveyard scene.


    Or, I've got this little restraunt (yet to be built) that seems to sort of fit there also.


    My other ideas are to -
    drop the elevation by 1/2" to help it step down to the next step a little.
    or, take it down 1" so that it is the same level as that below except the road slopes up in front.
    or, don't put anything there and just slope it down with the road and fill it with scenery.
    Any other ideas? I guess I could add another switch to the yard and put some sort of an engine facilty there as well.
  2. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    maybe a drive in theater? or that resteraunt fits pretty well.there are alot of options.maybe even a yard office,crew buildings,sheds,etc.--josh
  3. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    small truck yard? Riverside Inn? Tourist trap?
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Since you have a station right there, I would go with the eatery. Your people will be hungry when they get off the train.

  5. train1

    train1 Member

    You've already got a head start there. How about a gravel parking lot / a couple trees / picnic tables and some railfans taking pictures.
  6. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    RED NECK BAR. For some reason that little corner of property reminds me of a little hill beside the highway in Paulden, Arizona, that has a little red neck bar on top of it.

  7. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I like your idea for the church/graveyard. And Train1 beat me to the other suggestion I had, make a railfan park
  8. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    I would have to vote against the church, or anything that would be disrupted by the constant clattering of trains. I go completely with Train 1, a picnic/scenic/railfan type of park.

  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Do you have a tower for the yard? The extra elevation would make it a great vantage point.

  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Three things come to mind, an electrical substation, a gas station or possibly a fuel depot. The Interstate Fuel and Oil kit from Walther's would be ideal for that.

    If it were me, I'd probably opt for the gas station or a restaurant/bar as others suggested.
  11. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Hmmmm, a lot of good ideas. I like the railfan park, the restraunt and the gas station is a good one. I do have a tower for the yard, it's at the other end. I agree about not putting the church there. It works as far as space goes but it just doesn't seem to fit aesthetically and functionally. Plus, you've sparked some other ideas I need to look into.
  12. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    so amy options yet so little space! sign1. id put for the resteraunt too.it makes sense feeding your LPP after a long trip.--josh
  13. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    How about a small hot dog/hamburger stand, picnic tables, a small parking lot, with railfans standing next to a chain link fence.
    Just an idea.
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Actually I like the church. It reminds me of that church right by the tracks on the Clinchfield. A railfan park seems like a good idea though. Maybe you could put up some sort of historical marker there or even a small steamer as a display for people to visit?
  15. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I vote yes for this one:mrgreen:
  16. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    There's an idea I've always wanted to find a place for!
  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yeah, I can see it now, "On this spot once stood a church, but it had to be moved because of all the noise from the trains, and we kept losing our stained-glass windows."sign1 sign1

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