Monday, October 20, 2008

New Layout Pic

So, here's my first take at a new layout. After building a whole bunch of HO and N gauge (when I was a kid and teenager), I am giving standard gauge a shot. Actually, I have an O gauge prewar layout in my closet upstairs.

I need some feedback on my layout. This software (use the link here) is amazing.

This software really lets you do some great "what if?" scenarios. I've been buying track since I was 10 years old and it was always a hit or miss operation. No more. This software really let's me figure out how much space I need and the exact track bill of materials.

The only thing I am having a little trouble with (and it is more me than the software) is figuring out how to build tunnels. Right next to that big 115 station I am going to plop down a HUGE tunnel. I just can't figure out how to get the darn thing on the layout. I will figure it out and you will see a tunnel!

The other helpful thing is getting an idea of perspective with my accessories. That is hugely helpful with this softare. Two things the software seems to be missing: Leland Detroit Monorails and an easy way to do elevated train lines like 2 7/8. If anyone knows a way.... Please let me know!

Have fun at York!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Layout idea looks pretty good for the small size. You've got a lot of stuff on there.

Two suggestions:
1 - Don't rely on stock track sizes (straight or curve). Track can easily be cut to custom lengths.

2 - Try to make the siding long enough to store a train on. This will add greatly to operation.

On that note I feel the spur into the roundhouse is pretty much useless and would consider removing the roundhouse from the layout. Maybe an annex section via turnout for the roundhouse? A spur going to the freight station makes more sense.

I'm a firm believer in less is more as my floor layout shows.

Good luck.