This plan was done by Rob Chant thru an offer to do it for free On Rail Line Forums. He did it in 3rdplanit using my hand drawn plan which had alot of "impossible" trackwork. LOL The LAJ is just an industrial switching RR so no pax service much less any long distance rums The real LAJ consists of 65 miles of track literally compressed into a 2 mi. x 5 mi. area about 3 mi. SE of Los Angeles CA. While it was located in LA in the beginning it's now all in the cities of Commerce, Maywood & Vernon on both sides of the Los Angeles River. It consists of 22 Switch Leads coming out of 3 yards.
My version has only 7 leads (4 stacked) & 1 yard "compressed" in to 10' x 14' room. all on the west side of the river Also will have the ATSF Malabar Yard (for staging) & their Vernon Team as it does alot of "shapes" (metal products) using boxcars, coil cars, flat cars, & gondolas. As can be seen on the plan t's right next to the LAJ Fruitland Team. Those two teams are located in one city block. It can be seen in Bing or Google aerials using "2598 Fruitland Ave 90058". As can be seen operations will be point to point - yard to switch lead & back to yard. So NO roundy round! Should be enough switching o keep 3-4 operators very busy!
Charlie Slater gave all the LAJ switch Maps which were very helpful in designing this plan. He was a conductor there 1970-1984. After that he went to Santa Fe & retired from BNSF. He is also an excellent HO modeler! Would add more maps but it seems this site will only let me attach one item at a time. Have all the Switch Maps in Picasa so can send them to anyone who wants to see some. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if ou'd like to ee any of the ones on this plan. Also have the two team tracks on one switch map.
Well Folks on 8/1/15 Moved to Santa Fe Springs CA so my layout room went from 10' x 14' to 11'/7' wide to 19' long.So have to come up w/ a new track plan. Also going to use 2" Styrofoam on PVC legs on casters. Have also decided to use Dead Rail so no more layout wiring!
Will start out building one module at a time. Once the trackwork bugs are worked out & some scenery/structures down, will start another one.Be a whole lot simpler than building a big layout then laying track,etc, etc, etc.
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