After going to a small local, train/hobby show today, the fever for moving forward with my layout has intensified.
I tried to create a few different plans on Atlas RTS 8.0, but none to my satisfaction. Actually, I had trouble trying to create a loop and some switching on it without it looking too crowded. Maybe it is just me. So I tried a point-to-point with some yards and switching.
Here are my "givens and druthers":
Era: Transition (late 50's to late 60's)
Locale: Small fiction shortline off the Pennsylvania Raliroad mainline.
Purpose: Passenger service between the two towns I intend to have on the layout.
Geography: There will be some inclines, hills and cliffs. Plus a small river/large stream can make for some intersting modelling.
- Coal. I do not have to necesarily HAVE a coal mine on the layout. I can always have a line that goes into the mountains that delivers the full hoppers and take the empty hoppers to and from the mine. But it would be nice to model!
- One or two local manufacturers that rely on the shortline. One will make furniture (this manufacturer makes the most demanded name in furniture) and the other will make widgets. Both are a nice excuse to have box cars of all different roadnames on the line at different times. Eventually, this manufacturer will have its own box cars!
- Beer manufacturer. Come on, what better way to sit there and switch around some tankers and beer reefers than to sit back and enjoy a frosty cold one at the same time?
- "Expert" Loco Repair Facility. Different locos from neighboring lines will be coming here for repair. (Thanks to Glenn Woodle for this idea! )
Layout dimensions: L-Shaped layout. 66" x 90" x 32". (The 32" depth is what I am shooting for right now.)
Without further adieu, here is my plan. Please critique and suggest away! (One layout has the height markings on it, the other doesn't so it is easier to look at.)