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Date: 02/26/24 16:43
Panoramas of the layout
Author: santafedan

I have been posting a lot of my layout and how I built it for a blog in England.  There was a request for overall views and a diagram of the layout.  Over the years some of these have been posted here on TO.  Since I compiled them in one group, I thought I would share them again for the TO group.








Date: 02/26/24 16:44
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: santafedan

Continuing around the layout.








Date: 02/26/24 16:45
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: santafedan

Farther along.








Date: 02/26/24 16:47
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: santafedan

This rounds out the set.




Date: 02/26/24 18:50
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: tomstp

Man, that sure is nice looking.



Date: 02/26/24 21:11
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: TrackGuy

Absolutely gorgeous. You have sure captured the feel of the SW. A couple of questions on your track plan:
1. In the upper left, where does B go to? Staging?
2. In the lower left, where does A lead to?
3. What are the overall dimensions of the layout?
4. What is your minimum mainline radius?

TrackGuy

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Date: 02/27/24 03:57
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: SPDRGWfan

TrackGuy Wrote:
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> Absolutely gorgeous. You have sure captured the
> feel of the SW. A couple of questions on your
> track plan:
> 1. In the upper left, where does B go to?
> Staging?
> 2. In the lower left, where does A lead to?
> 3. What are the overall dimensions of the
> layout?
> 4. What is your minimum mainline radius?
>
> TrackGuy

Ditto that.  Need som basic data that goes with track plans.  Minium radius, max grade.  Etc.



Date: 02/27/24 04:39
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: WrongWayMurphy

I've seen this in person and photos, as great as they, are don't do it justice.

It is eye candy and runs with precision.  SF Dan even took me to a friends layout
that he built and it is a real treat too.



Date: 02/27/24 08:11
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: santafedan

It looks as if I have found some new lookers.  Great.  Over the years I have posted all of this info.

The layout is 35 by 15   HO.  The minimum radius on the visible part is 30" code 83 all painted rails.  Unseen tracks going and coming from staging  are 3.5 percent.  This mimics the Raton Pass grades. Thus requiring all powered locos on all trains. The lower level track is code 100.  When built in the 90's code 83 was more expensive. The staging  radii vary as needed .  There are two run thru and 3 staging tracks holding 6 trains.  Train lengths run about 25 to 35 cars and full length passenger trains.

On the scenic-ed part of the layout, there is a concealed 4 percent grade and a sharp roughly 20 inch curve hidden in a tunnel.  This prevents me from running large locos.  The reason for this is that at Douglas Junction there is a branch line that runs to Burnt Lake.  This was the old mainline  The double track is the newer relocated mainline with gentler curves and grades. The maximum grade on the sceniced part is 1.5 percent.  The old line is still in service because of the Chromed mine and the resort at Burnt Lake.  There are no roads to Burnt Lake and can be reached by train only.

Where the letters connect.  The "BS" connect from Almost to the upper left "B".  Where it says Burnt Lake there is a hard to see "A". The meets the other "A" near the bottom of the schematic as it returns from the staging area.  There is also a "D" and it goes to another staging area under Almost.  This represents a connection with the Rio Grand which shows up at Bovine.

The rocks are all ceiling tile.



Date: 02/27/24 09:40
Re: Panoramas of the layout
Author: SPDRGWfan

Thanks for the info.  Interestly, my layout space is almost exactly the same, 15x36,  but the room is oddly shapped and not a straight rectagle so I had to adapt to fit the space.



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