New guy here with a new layout.
Ho scale doing the Southern Pacific in the fifties, Southern California, San Fernando Valley to be exact.
I'm 2 years into this thing and am just now getting all my trains to run in circles, I've made every mistake in the book. The biggest one being a double crossover on the main line. (Northwest corner) Nothing I did would work for all trains so I took it out and used 4 #6 trunouts, this is working so far but necessitated redoing most all of my grades on that side of the layout.
The second bad idea I had was when I saw the Southern Pacific Daylight on E Bay and had to have it. More relaying track but I did get it to run on 18" curves. Actually the 18s weren't the problem but my bad track laying skills, had to relay almost everything. The Daylight is pulled by MTH PA and PB. Freights are pulled by Athearn Genesis GP-9 A and B units. I'll look into steam a little later on.
No way in the world this thing is prototypical, I've taken liberties all over the place.
I'm into running trains and yard operations and not so much scenery and the like.
I've seen the work some of you do here and there is no way I have the time (72 years old) or the patience.
I had a layout back in the '80s and keep all the rolling stock, all Athearn blue Box
and have added some more from E Bay. All the track and turnouts are new code 83 DCC.
Lots o' money.
I'll post a track plan, oh wait I have no plan.
just winging it.
Well I had a plan but it didn't last a week.
Here's what she looks like so far. The Magic Railroad.
North wall looking West. All the scenery is just temporary just to get ideas. The track is hopefully done. There is no ballast or ground cover, just paint, I hate the look of pink foam. The buildings are more or less what I want.
North wall 2 Where the little barn is sitting is where the double crossover was, the hardest place to get to, about drove me nuts.
West wall looking South. Putting in a passing track for yard operations. The pink foam is covering up the Tortoise turnout motors, had to lay them on their side off center because of the bench work braces. I've got 5 of them like this. Not good planning. The long bridge to the left will be replaced with a wood trestle.
West wall 2 Start of the passing track.
Yard head. Again the Micky Mouse bridge is just temp till I can come up with something better, Plan What plan?
Main yard looking East
Yard looking South. might redo some of this, don't know yet.
Center Island. Trying to figure out what to do with the meat packing plant, it's a little big. Already cut off the fourth floor. I certainly don't like the way Walthers has it laid out. All the rest of the track is just an idea, plan what plan? I put things in and take them out on a regular basis.
It's not very realistic but it's my party and I'll cry if I want to.