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Old 11-29-2019, 03:31 PM   #1
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santa fe in the illinois valley

I decided that since im in the beginning phases of my layout that I should start a thread on this. my layout is set in Illinois a few hours southwest of Chicago and all industry is loosely based off different industries that are around my area some served by rail some not. at this point im still debating on if this is the track plan I will stay with but that's why im posting this. please excuse my crude Microsoft paint version of this. all mainline curves are roughly 30" radius turns smallest turnout is #6 for different spurs otherwise #8. in the future I will add another small yard and an engine service facility but this is currently what I have going. no scenery done still blue foam. benchwork is 2x4s with 1/4" plywood and 1" extruded polystyrene insulation board. the river is not cut out yet and wont be till I start up more of the scenery work and certain on my track plan.
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Old 11-29-2019, 06:40 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2019, 06:47 PM   #3
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Where the blue with the writing is, will this be cut out?
I guess so rereading the inside.

Why not make the other side 3 or 4 foot too instead of the 21 inch?
You can get more train things on the table.
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:24 PM   #4
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it is cut out and the reason its only 21 in is that's the way that the room was built. the doorway is 21 inches off the wall and for simplicity sake I just stuck with that measurement and for accessability
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:17 AM   #5
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Two loops need to be connected together with crossovers.
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Old 11-30-2019, 09:25 PM   #6
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I forgot to add those. here is an updated picture
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:24 PM   #7
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I found some old track plans for the yard in my town from the transition era when the santa fe roundhouse was still up. both pictures are of the same plan but one shows more of the west side and one shows more of east side ive been looking for this for a long time and found it yesterday when a local n scale club came to town and displayed their layout
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:37 PM   #8
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West Duck under? Oh no!

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I forgot to add those. here is an updated picture
Jscullans;

You might consider cutting an access aisle through one of the short sides of your layout. It could be bridged by a hinged section. This will be infinitely better for your back and other body parts than ducking under the benchwork every time you need to get into/back-out-of, the center hole. Sooner or later, or most likely, both, you will hit some part of your body on the benchwork as you duck under, and then straighten back up. Ouch! Near the end of the attached file, after sketch#4, you will find a discussion of the merits/problems with various access gap-bridging techniques.

good luck, have fun;

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Old 12-05-2019, 05:33 PM   #9
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I have it set up to where I can do that at some point. its 4 feet off the floor anyway so for now it will work out ok. im also the only one that goes in there other than my 11 year old. but where it crosses the doorway I have it so I can make it a bridge with relative ease. just have to trim the foam and I can pop that section out
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