Originally Posted by eddiem
Here's the thinking on the plan we developed...
1) we probably don't need a siding that's more than 12' long.
2) with the current plan, the reach to set up a train on either loop siding is about 2'. We just have to watch out for trains passing by on the outer loop. If we put the passing siding on the inside of the inside loop, we need a club member with 5' long arms to put a train on the siding.
Or, we would have to walk across the layout being careful not to step on or hit the trains on the other 3 tracks that we would need to step over.
Here's a better look at the plan:
At this point, nothing (except the wall, literally) is cast in stone!
That would be a Gorilla! Maybe.
You know I completely forgot how big the layout is.
I see your point.
I like large passing sidings, but I guess 12' is kind of long.
But as the G scale trains are large, that is not really that long of a train in G scale.
Considering that the average G scale car is 16", long minus the locomotive and tender (what?Around 20"?), that works out to a 7 or 8 car train in the 12' area?
Unless I calculated wrong.
12' = 144"
144" minus 20"(loco&tender) = 124" left.
124" divided by 16" (rolling stock) = 7.75 cars so say an 8 car train.
How long of a train are you going to run?
As far as walking on the layout aren't you planning some kind of path to walk through? You are going to be placing structures around it right? And taking them in.
You also may need a designated path for future accidents if they occur?
But in the end it is your guys (and gals?) RR, to do as you see fit to do.
I just throw my thoughts out while I am thinking them.
I am not one to hold on to my thoughts.
I do love the stone work, looking good.