Santa Fe Engine facility........Help!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by trainsteve2435, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Hello everyone, As you all know, this is tax season, which means..... we all hope to have a little extra cash to spend on that certain something for our layouts that we have drooled over for most of the year.... with that said.. i want to build a Santa Fe engine facility set around the transition period from AT&SF to BNSF. I want to include the newer Walthers indexed turn table as well as the engine facility and anything else that may go with it. This paticular scene is going to be built as a module to add onto in the future as i can afford. I need some help, ideas and suggestions. Anyone who has any knowlege of this type of facility or suggestions or pictures, i would greatly appreciate it. Also, roughly what size would i be looking at as far as a module size in HO scale? Anyone have any ideas as far as a track plan for a service facility? Any and all help is appreciated, and the sooner the better so i can begin ordering the items i will need. Thanks to one and all for your help and ideas!:wave:
  2. ok, heres what im thiing of..... let me know your thoughts and or suggesions please! thanks!

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  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    thats a cool plan. I like the idea of haveing a MASSIVE roundhouse and haveing the dummy stalls against the backdrop :thumb:
  4. Thanks Josh, and the cool ting i tat all of that fits in a 2' x 10' space.:twisted:
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Now there you go :thumb: Not to big but also not to small :mrgreen:
  6. Ayne have any comments on the Walthers indexed turn table, the newer motorized one? Im thinking of buying this one for my loco facility along with 4 of the 3 stall modern round houses.
  7. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Steve, that is a fantastic plan :thumb:. It reminds me of the fire map of the Santa Fe facility in Arkansas City KS. Do you know this map? .

    I can’t tell you anything about the Walthers turntable, but I remember having seen some discussion going on about it on the Atlas forum some time ago. So you might want to search the Atlas forum for it.
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Re: Walthers TT

    My comment is, ummm... it's expensive? Although not quite as much as a Diamond Scale. If you are up for it, there's a fantastic tutorial in The Academy about building your own. MR also had a how-to in the mid-1990s? about building a roundhouse like this i.e. against a backdrop.

    BTW, that whole Walthers series does look fantastic. I don't know enough about it thought to say if you are locking yourself into a specific railroad look (i.e. NKP versus SP or something), but you are definitely making a statement about the period - 1940s to 50s - height of steam power before its demise :(

  9. railohio

    railohio Active Member

  10. Hey, thanks Kurt, i appreciate that comment, and BTW, thanks for posting the link to the SF loco terminal, its great. Thanks to everyone else for your thoughts and comments, they really help. I think im going to make the round house end ofthe module 4' wide instead of 2' wide, that way i can use complete Walthers modern round house with add on stalls. Im thinking of adding around 12 - 15 stalls, do you think that is too many? Anyways, thanks to all of you for your input, i appreciate it.:wave:

    P.S......I have ben working on a new module for the last week or so, and i will post pictures a little later!:thumb:
  11. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Steve, where'd that plan come from? It has an Iain Rice-y look to it?
  12. tually, the plan came from the book:...The Big Book of Model Railroad Track Plans by Robert Schleicher. The book has some really good plans in it to fit pretty much all spaces, so if you think of one, let me know, maybe i have it!:wave:
  13. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    It seems to me that Iain Rice did a modest engine facility in one of his books, either Small, Smart and Practical, or Mid-Sized and Manageable...
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Here's another to consider, although it's a bit more branchline than maybe you were thinking.

    Bob Boudreau's Fundy Northern Railroad

    The interesting thing (I hope) for you is that it is constructed on modules.

    One other thing I would mention is the width you are planning. I would try to keep it to 2x4 feet or maybe 30" x 4 feet. Wider modules are necessarily all that much heavier, but can be difficult to manage in transport and set-up.

    I agree though that it would be a shame to cut into that Walthers roundhouse just to make it fit... Maybe it's time for some scratchbuilding! ;)

  15. Andrew, thanks for the great link, and i agree, it may be time to think about scratchin and bashin...:thumb:
  16. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    You are modeling the ATSF to BNSF transition, which puts your era in the mid 1990's. Do they even have a roundhouse and turntable in use? Steam engines had roundhouses and turntables because the steam engine had a definate front and rear and had to be turned. Diesels are bi-directional, so they can be moved into and out of the service facility without concern with which way the locomotive faces. If they do want to turn a diesel, the modern railroads usually use a wye or balloon track. You may want the roundhouse and turntable because they look neat, which is fine. Just wondering if you are wanting it because it looks neat or because you know of a prototype for it on the BNSF?
  17. puddlejumper

    puddlejumper Member

    I would be willing to bet there is one, somewhere, on the BNSF. I'd be interested to know the answer.

  18. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    There are often turntables and roundhouses left, but they have been taken out of service. The old turntable and roundhouse is still in place at Redondo Junction, but Santa Fe hasn't used it in years and I think it now belongs to Amtrak. Until the need for the property exceeds the cost to tear out the old turntable and roundhouse, the railroads just tend to abandon them and do their locomotive servicing elsewhere on the property.
  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Not just the need for the physical space... Railroads have a nasty habit of knocking down disused (but sometimes historic) facilities in order to avoid liability and associated insurance costs.


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