Friday, February 19, 2016

Marion it is!

So I did a little more consulting with friends and family the last few days. Ultimately, my heart is still in N scale and I've invested a lot. However, that doesn't mean I'm not going to be liquidating a bunch of my collection. Haphazardly buying rolling stock over the years has lead me to have collected a number of items that really have no place on any of the areas I've looked at modeling (NJ Transit F40 anyone?). Also, I purchased a bunch of locos pre-DCC days so they aren't ever going to see the layout, I can jettison them as well. As for the kids, a family member suggested get my layout up and if the kids want something, build something below the layout. This would be very doable for me since along the walls I'm using slotted shelf brackets for along the walls with a depth of 18". Either some flat plywood or a HCD along the walls would give them something to put their HO sets run around on at a height more appropriate for their size. If I built an HO one, it would be at a good operating height for me, not them, so having this option available is going to be better anyways.

So I'm going to go with the Marion branch as I really like the simplicity but uniqueness of it and the casual operations it can provide.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

50/50 and Walls Going Up

So I'm inching ever closer to make the jump full on to HO. The more I look at my inventory, the more it looks like the following:

  • 20% Locomotives
  • 20% Coal Hoppers
  • 20% Intermodal
  • 10% Passenger
  • 30% Rest of types covered hoppers or box cars or other freight
In reality, as I begin to liquidate the unneeded locomotives, Intermodal, and coal hoppers, I'm going to be left with making a rather large investment in more covered hoppers and auto parts boxcars. As such, I emailed back and for to a few friends an idea for a HO switching oriented but still got my continuous loop for mainline running track plan. Here is what we came up with:
Possible HO layout
As you can see, there's a small yard and two branches. A lift out or gate in the bottom left allows entrance into the layout area. Each branch has one large, very much spot oriented industry and a few other smaller ones. There's also a switching area along the wall on the opposite side of the yard and a small engine terminal in the yard. My thoughts would be mainline trains run the loop, drop off and pick up blocks of cars and the yard originates 4 or 5 locals for switching the various areas. The runarounds on each branch aren't long enough that if every car needed to be picked up that one local could do it, it would probably take two.

As of right now, I'd say I'm 50/50 between this and the Marion Branch plan. On another front, I've put up solid hardboard sheets and still only have the 3 sections to do off of another one to give me some walls:

Once I get those other sections up, it'll be tape/mud/prime/paint and then it'll start to look like a room for a layout, just have to figure out which one.


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