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  1. #1
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    N Scale HCD Layout Plan

    Hi, I'm new here, I got a few posts over at the N scale forums, but I figured I might as well post an idea I have for a layout over here.

    Space I have really only allows for an HCD, I did have room for bigger, but I lost it because a twin bed is going to be in that room.

    Here is what I have so far:
    Code 55 atlas track
    min radius is 13.5" max is 15"
    #5 turnouts
    using snap track mostly because I dont really feel like messing with flex, I will if I need to, and also I cant find code 55 flex anywhere
    I have been thinking of a logging theme but with less space some of my grand ideas may not fit so well anymore, so industry wise I have a lone grain elevator to stick somewhere, probably off on the lower right side of the layout

    base is going to be a 36x80 HCD with blue or pink foam on top, probably a 2" piece to let me have room to make a river or something
    I would like to have a nice bridge somewhere, im thinking somewhere on the top side of the layout,

    and overall "region" of my layout is pacific NW

    and for the turnouts I'll use caboose industries ground throws

    future plans I may add a second or third door and get an L or a U shape going.

    I drew the plan out on the Empire Express software

    So yea, thats all I can think of for info let me know of anything else that is important,

    Thanks!


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    I personally would avoid the switchbacks. It will be a cause for frustration. You may want to look through this site for ideas:
    http://www.cke1st.com/m_train2.htm


    If you are trying to keep it simple then I'd suggest, (inside the loop):
    A parallel two track spur off to the right which can be used as an industry but also as open staging.
    A couple of non-parallel tracks to the left for industries.

    Just suggestions.
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    heres a few HCD layouts ive come across that i liked
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails 2010-03-21-P01.jpg   mountainpass.jpg   riverinterchange.jpg   trackplan_mountain.jpg   LNHendersonSub.jpg  


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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk View Post
    heres a few HCD layouts ive come across that i liked
    I actually kinda like the first one and the last one, they have a nice simplicty while still interesting. thanks for the pics, more ideas to add to my list now

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    http://www.thevollmerfamily.com/Pennsy/

    Dave Volmer has a GREAT HCD layout that grew....he wants to rip out the Atlas Code 80 and replace it with Atlas code 55

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    There a couple of HCD plans here

    The White River and Northern Model Railroad: Track Plans

    by David K Smith
    Dwyane Ward | Fairview, TX
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    Texas & Pacific - Bonham Division in N Scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by bremner View Post
    http://www.thevollmerfamily.com/Pennsy/

    Dave Volmer has a GREAT HCD layout that grew....he wants to rip out the Atlas Code 80 and replace it with Atlas code 55
    I really like his layout, after seeing some of these other ideas, I'm back at the beginning now. I do have a couple of layout books on order, 101 trackplans 101 more track plans and the modeling for realistic operation, hoping between those and what im finding here I can come up with a good plan I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk View Post
    heres a few HCD layouts ive come across that i liked

    I like #4. I would like to get more details on this one. Where did you find it?

    With a few modifications, it looks like it would be good for a traction layout....

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    Number four is definitely an eye catcher. Operations would be very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrasburgNut View Post
    I like #4. I would like to get more details on this one. Where did you find it?

    With a few modifications, it looks like it would be good for a traction layout....
    You can find it here http://www.modelrailroader.ca

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