2 X 8 ft. Modules

Jags Jul 31, 2022

  1. SJ Z-man

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    You could place a scenic divider (left-right) to create 2 scenes: Passenger on one side and Industrial on the other.
     
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  2. Jags

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    Here is the same layout with some color coding to explain how it works.

    The Red mainline runs counterclockwise and should have its own dedicated speed controller.

    The Blue mainline runs clockwise and should have its own dedicated speed controller.

    The remaining Black lines can be controlled by a third speed controller.

    The 11 Green boxes indicate the power isolated track sections so that the Locos can be "parked" and will remain stationary in those positions even when power is applied to the Black track sections. This allows you to control only a single Loco and train in the container or oil tanker yards, or the passenger station.

    If there are any questions just let me know. Thanks!! COMPLETE DOUBLE 2X8 colors.png
     
  3. Jags

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    Yes, that's a very good idea! You could also just have a road running down the length of the layout separating the industry section from the passenger station. Actually a very common thing to see in any train yard.

    In this diagram the "H" with a circle around it is my "Helipad" and the rectangle next to it is my hospital. I have a special 2 carriage "Ambulance Train" that I created and would be parked there. That spur could also be used to park a short "track maintenance" train instead.

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  4. mdvholland

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    Thanks Jags, that's informative. The explanation for the chosen dimensions is simple: I don't have more room. I understand your layout concept and the notion of "parking space" and long stretches of track.

    However, I like it when trains can be seen running through landscape, so a bit away from the edge of a layout. Of course that is hard with a fairly narrow layout, especially if you want curves to be as wide as possible. Steffen B showed an inspiring concept where the long sides of the oval bend inwards, and that is what I intend to achieve as well, hence my design. It is intended to have two separate sections, one for continuous running and one for branche line movements and a bit of switching. And a little room for spare locos and some cars, however I want to stay away from an overload of track. It is looking for the right balance, the magic is usually in the middle :)

    Matt
     
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    By the way, I think using the Marklin Göppingen station for hospital is genius!

    Matt
     
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  6. Jags

    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, I like your concept also! Problem is I'm not that great with doing scenery and plan to keep things simple in that regard. For me, I really like showing trains and running them!

    But that's one of the great things about this hobby. You can do it any way you want and concentrate on what you enjoy best!

    Question: Which direction would you be running trains on your outside loop? Clockwise or counterclockwise?

    Thanks!
     
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    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, it does make a great Hospital!

    Thanks!
     
  8. Jags

    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    I've designed and added a new module to my proposed layout. It is a forward entry 8 spur Penninsula Terminus Station. This will give me four modules to be included in a 14X12 train room. Here are the four modules and how they would be set up in the train room.

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  9. rray

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    What a fun looking plan! Plenty of space to run long trains and switch smaller ones.
     
  10. Jags

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    Yes, I like the concept of trains travelling to different destinations. This is of course what they do in reality. My four modules give me four distinct destinations with the distance between them being left to your imagination!

    Looking at the four different modules the top one is my Elisburg Station. It is loosely modeled after the Regensburg Station in Germany. It has the mainline passing through the station. It also has some other features like a side spur servicing the Hospital with my Ambulance Train. A storage yard for a few long compositions. Another side spur for a maintenance train. Yet another side spur for the automobile transport loading/unloading. And finally, a five spur Locomotive yard.

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    The second module is my Jaegerheim Train Museum village. This is a tourist attraction destination in which there is a Train Musem with multiple short spurs in the middle holding various older Steam locomotives and compositions on display. There is also a small oval run in the middle of the "Enchanted Heinzelmännchen Forest" to run a short visitor train ride utilizing one of the older museum trains. The main station here will accommodate both incoming trains from the mainline and the museum trains running on the interior section. There is also the parking lot and a little German village with shops and restaurants. I came up with this idea when I realized I had bought Locos and Rolling Stock that did not fit the 1980's time period that this layout is representing. Creating the Train Museum village allows me to show and run all my older trains!

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    The third module is a large industry yard that has an oil tanker transfer station on the top and a container transport yard with a container crane on the bottom. Both yards can accommodate two trains each. Of course, the passenger trains would never stop here as they would simply loop around the yards.

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    And finally, my newly created Terminus station. I've always wanted a simple to operate Terminus station and I think I've come up with a great design. The trains simply exit the mainline and drive headfirst into the station. To exit they simply reverse out onto one of the two sidings next to and below the mainline and then simply head forwards again to re-enter the mainline. There is also a Locomotive yard so that you can easily swap out locomotives when the train is resting on the siding before exiting on to the mainline. We also have an extra spur for the automobile transport loading/unloading. This station is really great as it can hold eight passenger trains at the station with an additional parking space to store three more trains. Does anyone have any suggestions what I should name this station? Elisburg and Jaegerheim are based off my family names.

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    I hope my diagrams and design theories may help to inspire others in this great hobby!!

    Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share!!
     
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  11. mdvholland

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    How about (a variation on) Anhalter Bahnhof?
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    Would be a nice opportunity to use this great (huge!) Marklin kit.
    https://zscalehobo.com/marklin/89200.html

    For an impression of how to implement this on an ambitious layout, check out this amazing clip by an Italian modeller (h0, but it's about the idea):


    Mind you, in Z the station itself is about 2'10" I believe.

    Check out this article in 220dasjournal (best ever z scale magazine, long gone unfortunately) starting at page 27: https://docplayer.org/46875026-220d...2004-erscheint-monatlich-1-jahrgang-issn.html

    Matt
     
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  12. Jags

    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, that is a good idea and I have looked into using that station. I'm not sure how many trains it can accommodate. Do you know? Plus, you can't see inside so it will be difficult to see when to stop the train plus your trains will not be "on display" to be seen while stationed there.

    My idea for a station is to use Kibri 36714 as the station. I already own this model. Then use ten of the Faller 282726 Covered Platforms to create the large, covered station. With the Faller Covered Platforms you will still get a sense of "bigness" and still be able to observe the trains to some degree.

    Thanks!

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    Marklin does make a track section for their engine houses that has a diode attached. It will stop the train before it crashes into the wall. Reversing directions will back out the loco. That is a tremendous kit. I thought about buying one but then thought, "What now?" Jim
     
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    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    I really do like that station. I wish there were more photos. I did finally see one photo that shows the entrance. It has three arches that look like they will accommodate 2 track lines each. So, six in total which I could easily change on my layout to make it work. Just remove the two outer lines.

    Perhaps mount a small video camera inside the building so that you can view the interior with all the trains waiting there!!

    It is most definitely something to consider.

    Thanks!!

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    This is what I did with the Kibri station and Faller covered platforms for my passenger station. PassMod2.jpg
     
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    That station layout looks great! Kinda reminds me of the CNJ terminal in Jersey City.

    Scott
     
  17. mdvholland

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    I believe 7, with 6 tracks along platforms and 1 in the middle, between 3 and 5, not next to a platform. But I think the kit is made for 6 tracks, like you said.

    I think most modellers that built this kit left the roof detachable, for detailing, looking and intervention and maintenance when needed.

    If the article in 220dasjournal is helpful, that is the first of a series. I have the pdf’s, I could send them to you via PM if you like.

    Matt
     
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  18. Jags

    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, that is pretty much the same concept that I'm looking at.

    Looks great!!

    Thanks!
     
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    Jags TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks again for the info. Yes, please PM me all the PDFs you may have regarding the station. It would definitely help in my decision.

    Thanks!
     

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