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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2014 05:48 pm
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Just a couple more comments. I might consider lengthening your passing sidings on the top and bottom (north and south?).

I know you are only planning on running one train at a time, but don't box yourself in. Those sidings could be lengthened without encroaching on your scenery ideas.

Good looking plan.

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Thanks, Reg. Extending the top siding will be easy. I have been frustrated trying to get the bottom area to look good. Think I will try switching the town (on the left) with the ethanol plant. I think it will give me more room to make it look like I want. I have also considered making a peninsula off the bottomand put the grain mill in there instead.

Back to the drawing board. . . . or SCARM as the case may be. I appreciate the suggestion.

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A peninsula can add some interest. I plan to put my engine terminal and shops on a peninsula. It was sort of forced on me by the shape of my space.

That is the only track that hasn't been laid yet. Town names have changed a bit, too. As well as the location for the sawmill.

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It's a great looking layout Steve. One thing I found out in working with large scale is the less you have, the more fun it becomes. Your layout embodies that idea of simplicity.

One thing I would change, but I only offer this as a suggestion, is that you might want to think about making the curves as large as possible. This will give you a very good 'midwest' feeling on the layout.

My reasoning for the suggestion is that you can't avoid curves, so if you make them really large, you have the capacity to make very realistic curves.

So if you have a room that is 12 by 13 feet, and still want to have straight sections of track, having a 30 inch radius might be appropriate.

I also suggest removing those 'S' curves in the lower right and upper left where the turnouts are right next to the curves.

As others have said, this is entirely up to you.

Either way, I look forward to seeing progress.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 05:45 pm
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Thanks, Reg and James. I have been working a lot with SCARM trying to get some little things worked out now. I will have to post the layout again later this evening.

I was looking at some sizes of buildings and areas I want to model, and realized some of my spacing was not quite realistic. So I have made afew alterations. I extended the upper siding so there is enough room to "park" something there if wanted. I am still pretty much limited to running two engines and three cars to fit on some of the storage areas around the grain elevator and the ethanol plant.

I have played with the idea of a peninsula, but everytime I try, I just don't like what I can do.

I have actually started the benchwork. So I will need to get a thread going in the HO area sometime this week. I did the upper section first and might have the right section done this evening. the lower and left sections may wait a bit longer while I keep tweeking the track plan.

I appreciate the suggestions. I have incorrporated some and have found ideas from others.

James, I would love to go with a slightly bigger radius for turns, but if I do, then I lose the space to accomplish what I hope to do with the town and the ethanol plant. Also, my biggest track is 22". And I just happen to have exactly enough to do what I am aiming for.

I did just find a hobby shop in Ames, IA (about 20 min away) that I will hopefully have more opportunities to visit. I am limited to using track and equipment that I have alrady. Some of it is 30 years old. . . .but still works. Thus, the reason for DC and older equipment.

Maybe after retirement in a about 7-10 years (and a few more kids out of the house), I can justify buying all new. And maybe taking over the whole basement. :cool:

Thanks, more this evening.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 08:13 pm
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As I said, it's only a suggestion. 22" can be worked out. here's an old photo of my old HO layout:



Want to take a guess on that radius? 15"! Just make the land rise and fall a bit around the curves and it will hide any curve that's too sharp. That is if you find you don't like the curve. If 22" is big enough for you, then there's no problem. Your layout, your rules.

By the way, if you want to do a peninsula, how about instead of having the mainline on the peninsula, just have the peninsula act as a short branch line. These little branches are all over Iowa and the Dakotas, so you've got a reasonable excuse.

The peninsula would only need to be about 16 inches wide and with it you could have the town in the center, and focus on either a small town or wide open spaces around the perimeter.

I'll post again in a few minutes...

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Here's my idea:



doesn't have to be fancy, one or two turnouts, and it would save you space along the left side of the layout, because you wouldn't have to have an elevator there and would thus give you more room for the town. I'd say 16 inches wide and about 6-8 feet long. you could have a decent sized elevator with supporting tracks on the peninsula.

For benchwork, you can add it to what you have now and if you don't like it, the peninsula can be removed. You could even make it a bolted section that can be removed when necessary and put back up in a matte of minutes.

I've seen this on prototype railroads all the time, having a short branch that leads to one or two industries.

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Here is an update of the plan. I labeled some things for better clarity.

James, thanks for the peninsula idea. I have been trying to put the peninsula coming up from the west (lower) side. I may add something later. For now, I think I will keep the open space in the middle for room to get around.

Thanks,
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