Switching plans needed

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by spitfire, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hi folks, I need your help. Does anyone have trackplans of small-space switching layouts?

    I have a space 32" x 7.5' to work with but I do not want to fill it with track. I plan to have 2 major industries, one an appliance manufacturing complex (of 2-3 buildings) along the back wall and a concrete grain elevator complex at the front of the layout. I would like to scatter a few smaller industries if space permits, such as a freight brokerage and perhaps a cement company.

    One final note: there will be no through track as this is at one end of a point-to-point.

    Any help will be hugely appreciated!

    :) Val
  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Val,

    Here's something I did quickly, it's 8' X 2' in HO,

    might not be what you are looking for.


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  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member


    Thanks Shamus. I'll try it!

    :D Val
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Val Have a look at the end to end thread it may give you some idea`s,
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Check out the current issue of MR's track planning annual for 2003. There are a bunch of switching layouts designed for the top of a 3' bookshelf.
  6. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Hey Val! I was just wondering how your layout was coming along..and now I see this post asking for trackplans?? Are you changing it AGAIN?!?! LOL ;)

    So how IS it going? Got any new pics?
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hi aart

    I'm chuckling here reading your post. I guess what's happening is I have too much time to think while I'm waiting for the next stage of construction - which is getting the backdrop up. That will finally happen this Monday with my mom's handyman coming over to put in some electrical outlets (the room "currently" has none) and help me wrestle the masonite into place. There's no way I want to tackle that alone - it's definitely a job for 2 people.

    Anyway, thanks to all who replied. I have now finalized the track plan. Here it is. Hope to have more progress photos very soon, and expect to be laying track this time next week.

    :D Val

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  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That's the ticket! I think you'll be happy with this plan! Can't wait to see it come to life (probably not as much as you though!) :) By the way...did you see the thread about flat car loads? First pic has a load of farm machinery that I think would look great coming out of your M-F plant!
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Ralph, I hadn't seen that thread. Thanks for letting me know. Those first 2 shots are perfect!

    :D Val
  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Val!
    What a great looking plan! It would make a great little layout on its own.
    I especially like the way you've worked in the crossings, & how you've set the tracks leading to the wharf at an angle.
    Very nice!
  11. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    I really like that plan too. Remember to post a lot of pictures as your work progress.

  12. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Looks great Val, like the way you have the dock out in the aisle to give more room for the track! :cool:
  13. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hi Charlie, as a matter of fact it will be a little layout on its own for a while. I plan to build this one section at a time. To my way of thinking, it will be easier and more fun to finish this yard fully before moving on to the next part, which will be the city with trolley line, and then the loop, and finally the staging yard at the other end.

    Thanks Tyson and Jesper for the words of encouragement. I planned the dock as an add-on simply because it's going to be awhile before I get around to scratchbuilding that grain elevator. More room for track was an added bonus.

    :D Val
  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great idea, Val!
    That way, you can have an operational layout up & running, while the next section is under construction.
  15. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Sounds like you're on the right track Val!! hehehe I can relate to the too much time to think......although my problem is thinking too much before doing anything :p :rolleyes:

    Good luck with wrasslin that backdrop into place..can't wait to see it and your first section progress. I'm sure it's all gonna look GREAT!!

    I won't be doing much modeling for the rest of the summer, I'm off to Europe for two weeks on the 9th then ponding, gardening and golfing season starts. I will have to model vicariously thru the Gauge masters until next fall.
  16. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    Nice design, Val. Imaginative. I like it.

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