Thanks. Just north of you in Belton. I need to drive to Taylor to look at your layout soon, or come on up to see my version. I didn't know my layout was a plan. My cousin found the original plans from an Atlas design book dated 1958. It has been fun to find the history of the layout. The only issues I'm having are the grades and the wiring needs updating. My grade are north of 2.5% Any loco struggles with a load up the hill. I bought an old MRC DCC system and it works great. Half is DCC while the other half can be either DC/DCC. I have some Blue BoxLocos that I still like to run. Just need to convert them over to DCC. I can order decoders but trying to support local shops so I'm waiting until I can get to Houston or Dallas to buy. Still trying to settle on which decoders. Do you have a favorite? Love to pick some up used.)Tejas, looks great, where are you located? I am in Taylor, built a modified GG&N that is 5X10. I built it so it can be split in half for moving and have done it a couple times. Using DCC, set up with JMRI on a laptop for the turnouts.
Jerry, I’m looking to build a JRMI program track. Basically, all I need is a computer, JRMI program, an interphase like a PR4 and a short bit of track. Am I missing anything?Same family but I think in a different location. They have been in business a lot longer than since 2013.
I love those old Atlas track plans, when I was a teen I always wanted to build the Central Midland, even started buying Atlas track and components for the project, but never did it, I actually still have a bunch of Atlas controllers and such still in the packages from back then, I’ve even considered updating that plan and building it now, you got a beautiful looking setup thereThis will be my first model railroad. I did put an HO oval on a piece of 4x8 once when my children were young that the Christmas tree centered in, but I considered that a toy train. My, how things have changed in the last 30 + years.
When I was a child, my father started but never completed the Central Midland. I wanted the GG&N. He won the discussion. I made up my mind 47 years ago that I would build one someday. That day has come. It is probably too much for a first timer, but this what I want. We will see.
I spent the first 2 months reading all I could while redesigning the original Atlas plan. This includes 22 minimum radius, less than 3% grades, semi-portable, reduced busy look, DCC, and completely automated computer contol.
I am not into operations, so the design is to display and let 'em run. Ultimately, I hope to have 2 trains, running in opposite directions, on each mainline and a local freight interspersing between both mainlines. With the mountain area covering half the mainlines, it should be quite fascinating to watch. With three passing tracks and computer control I think it can be possible.
I started construction 2 months ago. Please look at the pictures and give your experienced opinions. I may have gone too far already to correct any serious problems. The track is not tested and no scenery is done yet. This is my last chance to fix a poor plan.