Walthers Mountain Lumber Sawmill

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by coachC, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. coachC

    coachC Member

    I was messing around with Atlas Right track last night (what a pain) and I noticed that it would take almost a 4x8 layout just to model the Mountain Lumber company complex with all off its outbuildings with track and the unloading crane. I was hoping to use it, but I'm going to find another industry to model, preferably one that can use different types of freight. I haven't come up with anything yet. I was going to do a modern logging line (freelanced of course), but sawmills and lumber yards take up too much space.
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Any kind of food processing plant would have raw materials coming in (grains, packaging materials, etc) and finished products coming out. A small brewerey or cereal plant may fit what you are looking for.

  3. NIevo

    NIevo Member

    You can rearrange it to take up less space. I am using it on my 30"x9' layout and it only takes up about 2/3 of the layout including the track. You can check it out here: http://forum.zealot.com/t155890/ You can shorten some things and depending on the era can leave some stuff, like the burner, out. The powerhouse and the woodchip truck loader is going in the middle toward the wall.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    You might also consider turning some of the structures into flats or shallow versions of themselves to use against a backdrop.

  5. coachC

    coachC Member

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Food processing sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to think about that. In the mean time Nievo has given me hope. Thanks. I like your set-up.

    I thought about that. I don't know how good I would be at modeling flats. I'm new at this stuff and if I don't go by the kit, I might mess it up. We'll see. I'm thinking about a 2' x 3 1/2' extension on the backside of the 4x8. I should have room for it.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    You could always build the kit as per the instructions, and then find a bandsaw...! ;)

    Seriously, if you want to experiment with changing the kit, take the major components (walls, floors, roof, etc) and photocopy them each several times. GLue the copies to cereal box cardboard ("cerealboard") and then go to town with scissors and tape. Once you get something you are happy with, you have a mockup on which to base your cuts to the real parts, so you are not "flying blind" so to speak.


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