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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2020 04:53 pm
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Wes Stewart
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I wanted to see a concept model for my new layout.

So I emptied the shredder, mixed up some goop,
cut some cardboard and here's the result.

This will likely be 1:24 on 45mm track.


Attributes I was after:
  • generally flat
  • ability to just 'run' a train
  • a bit of dramatic scenery
  • tunnel (may be more as the left side is developed)
  • stilted building opportunity
  • water feature
  • some operations (a wye in the middle will figure into that)
  • trestles
  • steps to allow work in any area
Always open to comments and suggestions.

-WES





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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2020 05:51 pm
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This is more or less the...

"I'm running trains and sitting on the porch with a G&T"  view.

I can almost hear the water...





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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2020 11:15 pm
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Michael M
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Wes,

Looks like a good start. 

What are the dimensions of the new layout?

Any thought of maybe doing narrow gauge?




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 Posted: Sun Sep 27th, 2020 11:23 pm
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Wes Stewart
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12' deep, 24' wide.

Yes, lots of narrow gauge thoughts,

but thinking on 45mm track.

-Wes


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Wes,

I've built "models" of possible layouts,
and it really helps to get general ideas into a visual format.

I would suggest that any layout be built in sections,
that can be changed or moved to a new owner or location.

Sadly, I've had to dismantle too many layouts over the years,
and see them end up in a dumpster.

1/24 on 45mm track will be a lot of fun.

:rah:

Regards, Dave L.


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 Posted: Mon Sep 28th, 2020 03:02 pm
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Gn15, on such a tiny board, would be doable,
but a real challenge.

You will be limited to a radius of just 4.5"
Turnouts must be hand built to that same 4.5" radius.

If you have more space available,
you may want to consider using that extra space, to enlarge your planed layout.

Larry Gant


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 Posted: Mon Sep 28th, 2020 03:12 pm
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Wes Stewart
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Larry,

Gn15?  Hmmm?

Well the board I showed was a model.
Just a visual for planning purposes and never intended for anything else.

The actual layout is, or will be, in the back yard,
and 12 feet deep, by 24 feet long.

Rapid City?
I'll be there next week!

Wes


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Dave,

My grand scheme actually calls for the layout to be built in stages.


Stage one - is just the outside loop, set on concrete blocks.
Stage two - add the water feature and start filling in the gaps under the track, add some ballast.
Stage three - add turnouts, more fill rock, trestles.

Stage five - develop the building a station area on the north side.
Stage six - add more height to the south side, new tunnel, new trestle and wherever it takes me from there.


The key is to keep the loads of rock reasonable and attainable.
Keep the labor steady, with milestones.

Regards, Wes


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 Posted: Tue Sep 29th, 2020 03:14 pm
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My mistake.
Thought you were working in Gn15.


From my past garden railroad experience:

Provide good access to the interior of any tunnels you may build.

Also, provide ways to reach all areas of the layout for maintenance and rerailing trains.


I no longer have a garden railroad.
Moved inside and model in Gn15.

See: 'Appetite Mine', in the 'Large Scale' Forum on Freerails..

Larry Gant


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Wes Stewart
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Larry,

I may yet throw in the outdoor towel in favor of a Gn15 indoor scheme.

Although I did hear of an outdoor Gn15,

and would love to see an overview of the layout.

-Wes


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