Looks good! I like how the industrial parts are a bit more concentrated. More room for negative space, such as scenery. 👍
Damn, it sticks out like a sorer thumb now!I think you meant to type "all sides are accessible..." 🤓
I did think about this Jeff. I was trying to create the passing siding on the same side as the yard, to the right of the mainline.Although... it may look visually more appealing if that passing siding was a bit longer, so it doesn't look like another "piece of the yard" but on the other side of the main line. Perhaps use curved turnouts and tie the passing siding into the apex of the curves rather than the same place the yard area starts?
SideTrack Hobo;What would you suggest is a good switcher engine for yard work, declassification and classification of trains?
All the curves on the main line have minumum radius of 18". Some of the curves are as much as 24".
In the yards, there is a minimum radius of 12", with some being 14".
Every turnout on the mainline and in both yards are Peco code 80 stream line electrofrog large radius turnouts.
The Wye is a Peco electrofrog medium radius.
Thank you Traction Fan,
I think that your right! The more that I look at it the more I want to modify it 😉I think it's fine on the outside, but would look a lot better if it was longer. As it is, it looks like the mainline cuts through a yard, which isn't visually appealing, at least not to me. But it's your railroad, your rules!
Not to sound redundant or even superficial, but thank you for your kind words Jeff! 🙂I really like the way this has evolved, and I have to give you kudos for being receptive to, and actually thankful for, the advice people have given. You'd be surprised at the number of people who are either reluctant, or just don't care.
Thank you so much TractionFan.For a diesel switcher, a Kato RS -3 (or the earlier RS-1 or RS-2) Lifelike(of all people?! ) make an excellent slow crawling SW-something switcher. A Kato GP- 7 or GP-9 would be good too. All have excellent slow-speed performance, which is vital for a switcher.
For a steam switcher, you would have to look at current production Bachmann, (NOT old Bachmann JUNK )or maybe BLI? Sadly, Kato makes very few US steam locomotives and the few they have are road locomotives, and sorta too big for switchers. A 2-8-2 Mikado maybe? A 4-8-4 Northern! are you kidding? that's huge! and that is the entire Kato steam offering. ￼￼
SideTrack Hobo;Well, here is the layout plan including the newly redeveloped main yard on the left side. I redesigned the main yard which is now the East Yard.
I also moved some of the industries around and now there is plenty of room for an industrial park on the lower left side.
There is also plenty more room now for open green spaces for scenery. I think this will separate the towns more with hills and forest in-between them.
I really do like the flow of this draft much better and it was made possible with the help of all of you who have made great suggestions.
Your knowledge has been a tremendous help to me.
Let me know what you fine folks think.
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SideTrack Hobo;Thank you so much TractionFan.
I will definitely look into the Kato RS engines and the GP 7 or 9!
I really like the fact that these are slower switching engines.
By the way, how do you like the newest draft of my layout?
I've certainly regained a lot of negative space for towns and scenery as @All-Scale Railfan mentioned in his post 😉
Please let me know, I'm interested to see what you think!
Thank you again TractionFan!SideTrack Hobo;
Yes, I like your latest plan. Now its time to rob a few banks to raise the necessary funding, and start building your N-scale empire! 😄
SideTrack Hobo;Thank you again TractionFan!
You are a wealth of knowledge.
I will be modifying the passing siding this evening.
I am glad that you like the latest plan. You and others here (they know to whom I speak of lol)
are just as much a part of my N scale empire as I am.
Through all the experience, knowledge and help, not to mention all the kind words. 😉 You all have helped me tremendously in my journey thus far!
As far as the bank robbing, there is no need! The funding has already been obtained.
Between a hefty bonus I received upon retirement and selling my motorcycle, I already have the nessasary funds to build my empire 😁.
Thanks again and take care!
PS - As I proceed through this journey, I am not done with asking questions just yet! 😉
I just saw your edited post TractionFan.By the way, I have some more candidates for diesel switchers.
First that Lifelike "SW-something" I mentioned before is a SW-9/1200 (This same basic prototype switcher locomotive was upgraded many times and the designations changed when a new prime mover was installed or other major improvements were made. So it can be used for any loco in the long series between an SW-9 and an SW-1200) This little model really crawls.
Lifelike is an odd brand. All their early stuff, and some of their new stuff too, is pretty bad. However, they have made some really good running and good looking locomotives too. The really good ones rival Kato, in both looks and performance. You just have to be very careful and know exactly what you're looking for.
If you're into models of Fairbanks Morse locomotives, Kato makes an H-16-44 which was a 4-axle, medium sized, road switcher. Its a Kato, so it runs smooth as silk, of course.
Last, but certainly not least is an Atlas SD-24. SD units have six axles, but this is a short locomotive that can handle your generous curves easily. The big advantage is that this little puppy comes with DCC factory installed! It uses an NCE decoder for motor & headlight only, no sound.
Ok, Nomination accepted! lolIf I may make a suggestion that requires no changes... I'd like to nominate a name for that town in the lower right of the plan. Bauldeville. Because of all the fun switching puzzles you'll have there.
You gave me a good chuckle! lolOh, I... didn't see "town of willow" but I do see the need for new glasses. Lol
It's a play on words. Bauldeville. Lots of head scratchin goin on there.
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