Freerails Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > Track Planning > How To Place The Station ?

Freerails IS ACCEPTING new Members ... To join Freerails ... See how to Register as a Member in the 'Joining Freerails' Forum

How To Place The Station ?
 Moderated by: Herb Kephart
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
 Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Tue Oct 9th, 2018 04:05 am
  PMQuoteReply
1st Post
Helmut F
Registered


Joined: Sun Aug 7th, 2016
Location: Santee, California USA
Posts: 297
Status: 
Offline
Hey all, it has been a while and I do hope everyone is well!

I am working on my outdoor layout, but this question should be applicable to any scale.


How do most of you place your stations/depots/stops?  

Perpendicular to the viewer?  

At an angle?  

Do you expose the trackside to the viewer so that a train stopping has the train between the viewer and the station?  

Does anyone see a need to expose the town or parking lot side to the viewer?

Do you have a reason for how you place your stations?  Or did they just end up that way? 


I am guessing most layouts (like mine) are viewable only from one side; 

in this case the other side of my layout is a fence (layout against the fence) or a steep hill.


Thx!





____________________
Helmut
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Oct 9th, 2018 05:36 am
  PMQuoteReply
2nd Post
Kitbash0n30
Registered


Joined: Mon Dec 10th, 2012
Location: Boonville, Missouri USA
Posts: 687
Status: 
Offline
Though having a number of G scale trains I have no layout for them. 
The current layouts are HO scale; modules at club, and a shelf section at home, with a station on each.
The station on layout at club is track side to viewer; at home it is street side to viewer.
As for the whys ... uhhh ...

Layout at home is inspired by a plan in Kalmbach's old book 101 Track Plans, plan 53, the Belfast & Mooshead Lake, 
and that's where the station is on it, right at front edge between viewer and track. 
Watch that first step off the streetside porch, it's a doozy.

Station at club had track side toward viewers because I wanted the people on platform to be seen.

Station on layout at home is small, only about the size of two 40ft boxcars side by side,
so being right on front edge of layout it is easy to see over and around.

I suppose operating variables in this equation include:
the available real estate
the station size and configuration
the scenic theme
the story you want to tell, if any, with the scene
the items you wish to model and dispaly, figures, baggage, et cetera




____________________
See y'all later, Forrest.
Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Oct 9th, 2018 05:51 am
  PMQuoteReply
3rd Post
Kitbash0n30
Registered


Joined: Mon Dec 10th, 2012
Location: Boonville, Missouri USA
Posts: 687
Status: 
Offline
Hmm, what thoughts do I have on this placement and viewing angle?  L:






Okay,

Platform activity is mostly 'theatre of the mind' and requires few details, just enough to be seen around the corners and suggest more.
Static figures do not limit employment of that theatre of the mind.
Flip side of the above is that now the street side comings and goings are pretty much in your face.

Train cars are mostly visible, for what interest they hold.
And that's about as many deep thoughts and ponderings as I'm good for at 10 till midnight on a Monday night.





____________________
See y'all later, Forrest.
Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere
Back To Top

 Posted: Tue Oct 9th, 2018 06:00 am
  PMQuoteReply
4th Post
Helmut F
Registered


Joined: Sun Aug 7th, 2016
Location: Santee, California USA
Posts: 297
Status: 
Offline
Kitbash,

Thx for your late night musings!


Maybe I should rephrase my questions a bit and will do so in the original post.




____________________
Helmut
Back To Top


 Current time is 01:00 pm

Freerails > Model Railroad Forums > Track Planning > How To Place The Station ?
Top



UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2016 Data 1 Systems