Winter Project - West Mary Yard - 1st attempt at a layout

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Post by Mike_R » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:31 pm

Oops I didn't notice you were using O gauge.
Have you tried the late Carl Arent's site? http://www.carendt.com/index.html The layouts are mostly smaller than you are planning, but a small one can be expanded. Ian Rice is another source of small layouts.

XtrackCAD runs on Windows, OSX and Linux. I'm running it in OSX. It isn't being developed at the moment, but still works well after a bit of learning how it works. It is worth spending a few hours trying out all the functions and options, the help is quite good. http://www.xtrkcad.org/Wikka/HomePage
There doesn't appear to be O scale track libraries, but you could do a 6' x 1' HO layout. Or you can make up your own turnouts, if you have some to measure you can enter the sizes into the turnout designer and it will make them as new turnouts.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by BrianMoore » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:26 pm

switcher1 wrote:I've decided to watch 'Tree Point' being constructed for now, I will return to this when I have a better idea of what to do next.
Just remember that Tree Point doesn't have a run-around loop! Koos' other module, Wolter Springs, would perhaps be more appropriate for a stand-alone layout served by a small extension.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by Mike_R » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:59 pm

Do you have space to put a thin fiddle yard off one end? It can just a plain bit of timber no scenery, even curved around to fit in the room. That would give more operation and help with a longer run around loop. If a couple of tracks would fit, even better.
If I did a small layout it would probably be an urban/industrial setting with tracks between and through buildings, such as Lance Mindheim and others. A couple of SW1500 or similar, fully sound fitted for power. Putting the loop diagonally would give a bit more length and make it easier take a small fiddle yard off a front corner.
Tall buildings look better in small areas than open countryside as they act as a view block and give a excuse for "busy" trackwork.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by torikoos » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:44 am

yes they do, as a matter of fact, I'm modeling one on my home layout, it's the facility around Napa Jct, CA, owned by the California Northern.

Have a look here: http://binged.it/1aIN9cZ , just a simple on track shed and some tracks adjacent.

And this is my version: viewtopic.php?f=45&t=121

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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by Mike_R » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:41 pm

switcher1 wrote:Unfortunately, no extra space, unless you regard 20" as usable. It just fits down one side of my bedroom, on top of furniture, which is 14ftx8ft, giving the curtains 4"
Can you go down an 8' side a couple of feet, even if it is a removable 6" wide board. I'll see if I can do a drawing to show what I mean.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by Mike_R » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:36 pm

I've tried to do an O scale plan. Note it is in HO at half size to make it O scale.

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I've come to the conclusion that with that space I would stay with HO. I have small locos such as SW1500, MP15, GP15 and GP38-2 that run really well and sound great. With a layout at about chest height it would look good and 12' would make a good switching layout.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by BrianMoore » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:16 am

Yup. I'd agree with Mike. If the biggest issue is space, and you want a decent track plan to switch some cars on and maintain interest, I'd bite the bullet and change to HO. By hanging onto the O scale notion, it's completely compromising what you want to achieve. A couple of sound-equipped locos, twenty or so cars and five or six industries, using the same plan as above, but in HO and stretched out, would be great fun.
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Re: Winter Project - West Mary Yard - Postponed!

Post by PeterLJ » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:17 am

switcher1 wrote:The (run round) loop is where I tend to hit the lack of space problem, but want more than just an 'inglenook', I will need something operationally interesting. I'm still looking around at other ideas/options.
Hi Keith

You do not mention the size of your locos, if they are small switchers 14' should be OK for O (Many HO shunting layouts are only 7'). You are correct when you say the run round is the problem, but if you replace the turnout and headshunt at one end with a hidden Sector Plate (long enough to take the switcher and one car) something can be fitted in.

I think it also depends on what you want. The classic Time Saver would fit in if you wish to develop scenary and then play with you locos.

have you looked at http://www.carendt.com/microplans/index.html

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