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 Posted: Wed Jan 13th, 2016 10:46 pm
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Sean W

 

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Hey guys!

I have been chewing on the idea of building an HO scale 4x8 logging/coal mining layout for a good 6 months. I don't do anything without doing countless hours of research. That research has lead me to the Iain Rice's " Lilliput Logger Layout ". It has everything I was wanting in a layout, a logging area, a coal mine, steep grades, a small town, big bridges, saw mill, a continuous loop, lots of switching and it even has a port/dock! I was thinking the era would be post WWII 40's in the Pacific North West.

Here are my thoughts, open to any input!

Benchwork:
Id like for this to be portable and maybe even take it to shows one day. So I was thinking four 2x4 legs with a 1x2 frame.

Roadbed:
I was going to build up layers of Polystyrene Foam Board Insulation to make the entire layout about 8" thick, maybe 10" to get the height I want out of the trestle on the top right corner.

Track bed:
Cork on top of sound absorbing material, unless I get lazy and ill just use cork.

Track:
Id like to use Code 55 track, but it seems like the selection of pre-fab code 55 HO track is very limited... and expensive. I don't want to hand lay. To keep costs down and have access to a variety of track, ill use code 83 with peco #4 turnouts with live frogs. All the turnouts will be manual throws. To get the 4% grade I want, I'd use Woodland sceneics pre fabbed foam grades.

Backdrop:
Joey Ricards beautiful backdrops

Power:
DCC with power leads here and there. Going to keep this relatively simple.

Locos:
Largest would be a 3 truck shay/climax. Also some critters/railtrucks ( the reason for the live frogs) 2 truck shays... etc. This is important because the ends of the passing sidings would need to fit a 3 truck shay, I'm a little worried about this.

rolling stock:
Skeleton log cars, 30'(?) flats/box/gondola, bobber caboose etc

Please leave any feedback and thoughts!

Here is the track plan:



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