Monday, September 24, 2012

Yard Design

As I stated in my last post, I'm reworking the design for a single level heavily influenced by David Popp's Naugutck Valley layout. I've actually got a branch line design and its junction area with the mainline completed. The one thing I'm struggling with right now is the yard design. I had come up with one design but I just don't know if it'll work okay or not. I don't think I have enough classification area. The design I've come up with has 245 inches of classification tracks assuming, 4" per car on average, that's 61 cars on the classification tracks.

The layout itself will operate very similarly to how the South Jersey Conrail operations were, with a few twists here and there like some commuter and Amtrak service. Essentially, Conrail had a few manifests that terminated in the major yard, Pavonia in Camden. From there, about 5or 6 locals were dispatched to the various lines across South Jersey. The design above is almost a 1 to 1 adaptation of the yard found on David's layout with a small intermodal facility instead of a freight house and a single A/D track that is double ended. One concern I have is the A/D track is double-ended going into staging. Some other thoughts I've had. Since this is a terminating yard, does the A/D track really need to be double-ended? Also, maybe I can use the siding leaving the Yard as the yard leave or the A/D track for a yard based on the right hand side. I'll play with it some more but if any of my dozen readers have any thought, please don't hesitate to share them.


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