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    La Mirada, CA Industrial Switching Layout Progress

    Hi guys, this will be the thread where I post my progress of building the small HO Scale switching layout i have been planning. It consists of 6 modules (each numbered in the attached trackplan), which their dimensions are as follows:

    Module #1 is 78" L x 24" W
    Module #2 is 45" L x 24" W and is at a 45 degree angle
    Module #3 is 96" L x 24" W
    Module #4 is 96" L x 24" W
    Module #5 is 96" L x 24" W and is at a 45 degree angle
    Module #6 is 82" L x 24" W

    All track is Central Valley Tie Strips with Micro Engineering Code 70 Rail. Turnouts are Walthers Code 83 #6, #4 WYE's, #6 3-Way Turnout, #6 Double-Slip & Atlas Code 83 12.5 Degree Crossing. Minimum Radius is 24" throughout the plan

    **The top Orange rectangles that cross the Blue Rectangle on Module #3 are bridges. The Blue Rectangle is the Drainage Ditch. The Top Orange Rectangle will be one of the BLMA Concrete Segmental Bridges, the bottom Orange Rectangle a Plate Girder Bridge.
    **All other Orange boxes are Buildings (each building has the company that occupies the building in or next to it)
    **Red Lines are the BNSF Mainline. There are 2 Mainlines that run through, I have only included one. The mainline will be Concrete Ties.
    **Yellow Tracks are La Mirada Yard Tracks. The real yard has 8 tracks, mine has 5
    **White Tracks are Run-Around's
    **Blue Tracks are Yard Leads or other Leads for Switching
    **Purple Tracks are the loco/caboose track


    Industries

    Ill start explaining the industries from far left to right.

    Majestic Management is a company that does not see Rail Traffic. The siding next to the building will be used to store loaded hoppers for Spartech Plastics
    Spartech Plastics is a company with 2 unload tracks. Each track will hold one hopper. This industry will have to be switched often pulling empties out then pushing loaded hoppers from the storage track in.
    Complete Environmental Products is an industry that no longer receives rail traffic. The switch is partially torn out, which will make for a fantastic detail i think!
    US Gypsum receives boxcar loads and has a large concrete loading dock. 2 Boxcars at a time can be spotted here.
    Pactiv Advanced Packaging Solutions is another Plastics company. There are several boarded up cargo doors along the back of the building, and I believe they only receive hopper cars down at the other end of the building, which will not be modeled. The 3 storage tanks will be built but again, they are no longer used. Exterior Piping and boarded cargo doors will be modeled on this one.
    Airgas is a company that spots tank cars. 3 Cars can be spotted here at a time.
    Latex International does not receive any rail traffic
    The Small Square Building next to the end of the Purple Tracks is the yard office
    Rohm & Haas Co. is the long skinny rectangle next to Weber Distribution. The long skinny rectangle is a tank car unloading platform.
    Weber Distribution can spot several boxcars cars at a time
    Tropical Asphalt can spot several shorty 2-bay Covered Hoppers at a time.
    Montebello Container Corporation can spot 4-5 boxcars at a time. The second Montebello building which is located directly across from Georgia Pacific can spot 3-4 boxcars at a time.
    Gesma Enterprises is a industries that spots tank cars. 1-2 tank cars can be spotted here behind the boxcars for Montebello, which is how it is laid out on the prototype.
    Italcal Trading does not receive any rail traffic
    Leader Automotive Inc can spot 2 boxcars at a time
    Georgia Pacific can spot several cars at a time on the track nearest the building. The second track nearest the building is used as a storage track for additional loaded boxcars that are switched in when the needed.
    Estenson Logistic LLC can spot several cars at a time. This industry spots cars rather oddly, and each car much be spotted exactly. There is space between each boxcar spotted, so the cars must be tied down individually, which will make for some interesting details.

    In my next post I will post the start of Module #4, which is the module I have chosen to start with
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    Its not much to show, but you get the idea lol

    I used the all of the remaining Central Valley Tie Strips I had laying around. I will have to order some more of them. But I did have enough to get the right side of the yard laid out. The BNSF Mainline will run along the back, and will be up on roadbed so it will be slightly raised from the rest of the yard. The bottom track in the picture is the siding for Estenson Logistic LLC. The second track from the bottom is the yard lead (which is the blue track on the plan just above Estenson). This track was stopped short, and where it ends the first turnout will be placed.

    Ill be ordering the turnouts as well as some more Central Valley Tie Strips and the Concrete Flextrack for the BNSF Mainline i need for module #4 tomorrow, and they should be in sometime next week.




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    I always enjoy seeing new threads started at the beginning stages.I am look forward to following you on this.I am curious as to why you chose modular?Will you be connecting these to other modules in your area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbone View Post
    I always enjoy seeing new threads started at the beginning stages.I am look forward to following you on this.I am curious as to why you chose modular?Will you be connecting these to other modules in your area?
    Thanks Thomas! :D

    The only reason I went with modules was because I am still living at home and dont have room for a layout. Ive tried doing layouts in my room before, but its just too hard living in the same room, not enough room to do what I want LOL

    With modules, I can hang them on the wall when not working on them or when not using them. Ive got 3 other modules that are on my wall right now including my Photo Diorama, CAT Equipment Rental Module, and Ford Auto-Assembly Plant Module. Ive got them all on Heavy Duty Shelf Brackets, but im going to take them down and replace them with the track standards with the brackets to save space and get the modules stacked better.

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    Thumbs up

    Just by looking at the picture of the module you're working on, it looks like you have a layer of foam over plywood. You've also mentioned shelf brackets, so I wonder what the basic construction of the benchwork is.

    I like the concept and plan- it looks like it can keep you quite busy performing switchint duties. If you could ever get the room, I envision a staging track off the right side for BNSF to go on and off-stage, making their drop-offs and pick-ups. This allows for one person to swap out cars to & from a storage shelf and run the BNSF interchange local, while another operator does switching.

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    Thanks for the reply Bob! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by friscobob View Post
    Just by looking at the picture of the module you're working on, it looks like you have a layer of foam over plywood. You've also mentioned shelf brackets, so I wonder what the basic construction of the benchwork is.
    The module construction is very simpe, its 1x3's ripped out of 2x4's. I made 1x3's out of the 2x4's so that i could get nice and straight lumber. The 2x4's were squared off on 2 sides to form a square side, then they were pushed through the table saw and the end result was a square 1x3. Its a simple box frame with cross supports at 2-1/2' from the ends (4 supports evenly spaced down the 8'). Each support is both glued and nailed with a nail gun for extra stability. There is no plywood top to the module, just the box frame to keep it supper light. A layer of 1" blue foam was glued to the top for added support and to form the module base. Its a pretty strong lightweight module and its how I will be building the others as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by friscobob View Post
    I like the concept and plan- it looks like it can keep you quite busy performing switchint duties. If you could ever get the room, I envision a staging track off the right side for BNSF to go on and off-stage, making their drop-offs and pick-ups. This allows for one person to swap out cars to & from a storage shelf and run the BNSF interchange local, while another operator does switching.
    Thanks for the comments on the plan, I do think this will be enough to keep me busy and allow for some different switching rather then switching the same 2 or 3 structures over and over like most small switching layouts lol. The prototype has 2 BNSF Mainline tracks that run past the yard, with 8 yard tracks, one of them being the track that the train from the mainline pulls into for drop-offs/pick-ups. If I do end up using these as part of a larger layout, I will definitely re-work it to have a pick-up/drop-off track off the mainline

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    Looks like a good plan to me Josh, and it's giving me ideas for the remainder of my layout :thumbs_up: Looking forward to watching this one develop.

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    Thanks Mike :D

    Got some more work done on Module #4 of this project today. i laid the rest of the Central Valley Tie Strips and placed the Walthers #6 Turnouts and Atlas 12.5 degree crossing. The last turnout to go on this module will be a Walthers #5 WYE, but it is not in stock and backordered till August, so I wont have it for a while...

    The mainline was laid out down the length of the module. Its Atlas Code 83 Flex with Concrete Ties laid on Woodland Scenics Foam Roadbed. This will be the only elevated track, and it is only slightly elevated.

    Im waiting for Micro Engineering Code 70 Rail to come in, so as soon as that comes in ill be able to lay the rest of the track and complete the yard. After that, ground throws will be installed, and then it will be ballasted.

    Here are some quick pictures that show the recent track laid with some Cushion Coil Cars and 53' Thrall Gondolas on the track to give you an idea of how many cars this yard will be able to hold.





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    Attached below is a picture of the section im working on right now
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    I put the legs on the module today, there folding legs on hinges. This module is 8' long, and well it is pretty hard to handle, and while it was pretty light before, its now pretty heavy with the addition of the legs and leg hardware. Im going to live with it, but I have reduced the size of all the other modules down from 8' to 5'. Here is a new look at the trackplan showing the smaller module sizes. Ive also re-done a bit of the trackwork (some had to be re-worked when the modules were made smaller so turnouts were not on module joints) and ive also added a new structure to the extreme left of the layout. While not prototypical whatsoever, A Rolling Mill was added in next to Spartech Plastics. Reason being, I have a bunch of coil cars and gondolas that I want to be able to run and use, and well they need a place to go LOL.

    New module dimensions:

    Module #1: 24" W x 60" L
    Module #2: 24" W x 60" L
    Module #3: 24" W x 72" L
    Module #4: 24" W x 63" L
    Module #5: 24" W x 96" L
    Module #6: 24" W x 60" L
    Module #7: 24" W x 60" L
    Module #8: 24" W x 60" L
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