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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 05:45 am
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Tom,

I know it's kinda late in the game but it would be neat if you could add a little more to the Silverton area.  Besides the D&RGW serving Silverton there were three other narrow gauge lines, so at one time there was quite a bit of action going on.  You might to be able to hint at least to some other lines and provide for some interchange traffic.  There was the Silverton Railroad, the Silverton Northern, and the Silverton, Gladstone & Northern.  You could at least add a few cars from these other roads.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 06:51 am
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Michael - That's an excellent idea!  At the lower end of the yard on the left side (by the door) is a drop down that when lifted up in place allows full loop operation.  I could roll a cart up here with some interchange tracks that would connect to the bottom of the yard.  That would provide just what you're suggesting.  It would allow me to bring in supplies and materials from other areas and add a new dimension to the operations.  Thanks mucho for the suggestion.
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Tom,

I think that's your solution to the problem area around the door.  Take that pair of tracks which form a "yard" and convert them into interchange tracks that represent all points beyond the layout.  This roll up cart concept you just explained could simply be a flat-top cart with shelves for cassettes.  If the cart is at the right height, you could use it's surface to attach and detach cassettes.  I have a personal preference for those devices because you can remove and add cars quickly to the layout.  It's the last piece of the puzzle missing for complete operations on your railroad.

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I have a three shelf serving cart that'll work great for this.  Measures 19" X 36" if I take off the handle.  Has four wheel steering so it'll be easy to maneuver into the space by the door.  Perfect!
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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 06:19 pm
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Disguise the top level as a ferry, then you can put ANYTHING on it and have a valid reason for inbound traffic.
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True Jose, but this is Colorado.

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jtrain wrote: True Jose, but this is Colorado.
I had the same suggestions, plenty of times, as I was designing my own On30 layout. I live in an area where ferries were very common, so that's people's answer to everything.
I kept having to point out there wasn't even a navigable river anywhere in the region my layout takes place!



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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 09:50 pm
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Jose - I like the idea of a river barge but would have a hard time tying that into my mining theme, even though this is freelanced.  I had a thought in the back of my mind for a while on how to have a water scene.  I'll give it more thought.  My cart is 19" X 36".  Maybe a three track barge with a tug beside it.  With 36" length I could fit 4 boxcars on each track.  Looks like it would be pretty easy to do.  Might be a way to also tie that in with James idea of using cassettes.  These are both good ideas.  Thanks for the suggestions.
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OK, back on track.  I'm making progress with the benchwork and am beginning to see that my AnyRail design is gonna work.  Among other things I had concerns about the aisle ways being too restrictive.  I now have benchwork completed for the main yard on the left and the area around the smelter.  With plywood laid out I can see that the aisle ways will be just fine.
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I penciled in the track for the yard on the plywood to verify things would fit as designed.  The basic track layout seems fine but I ran into a snag with the turntable.  I found that there was a four degree offset between the track coming in from the ashpit and the stall tracks for the roundhouse.  Shifting the roundhouse to correct for that would bring one corner very close to the edge of the layout.  I redrew the roundhouse on a piece of foam board and switched out the custom built doors for some narrower Grandt Line doors.  This narrowed the footprint of the building enough that I could rotate it to correct for the four degrees.  Now stall #3 is 90 degrees from the ashpit track and everything else fell in place like magic.  At the edge of the turntable each track is one inch apart exactly (c-c) and this allows for 40 possible track positions.  I'm planning to use eleven for running engines to; two outgoing tracks to the mainline, one incoming from the ash pit, four stall tracks into the roundhouse, one to the car shop and three outside storage tracks.  There will be several others for storing materials but they'll be too short for engines or cars.
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