I suppose I need to build a layout now

traingeekboy Dec 9, 2018

  1. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I'e been doing what I call Crap-Building with an old Tyco GI JOE set. It's gotten to the point where I am going to need a small layout.

    This is what I got mostly finished today. It will be a water car to carry water up to the mine so they can steam up their equipment.

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    My Loco needs a repaint after I did some sanding. The Water Car needs a paint job. The Gondola needs some weathering. And I need to get to work on a caboose.

    It may end up as either 28mm, or 35 mm scale.

    All of this needs a layout. I am thinking of these criteria:

    -Roundy Roundy with 15" radius curves
    -Maximum if 4-6 switches
    -Small but vertical, so I need to think in terms of a cube 3, or 3.5 feet x 4 feet x 1.5 feet tall
    -A disguised Atlas HO turntable
    -At least one bridge
    -A mine
    -A mill
    -A station
    -An engine house

    What else can be squeezed into a practice layout for Narrow Gauge?
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have seen micro-layouts which have plenty of detail. With careful planning, you can fit all that into the finished product.
     
  3. NScaleKen

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    I have been intrigued by the Australian Sugarcane Railroads, all narrow gauge little jems still pulling in the cash for the sugar industry in Australia. You should give them a look if you haven't already. That locomotive looks very similar to what I have seen on those railroads on youtube. I am no expert you should give it a look and see if it seems fun. Just search 'sugar cane narrow gauge australia' in youtube you will get lots of results.
     
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  4. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I live in Colorado. Thus my preference is to do a sort of a fantasy mine line in Colorado. I have looked a lot at both the Gilpin Tramway and the Denver South Park & Pacific. I will be stealing ideas from both.

    I am working up a Gilpin caboose next. And once the xmas high prices on ebay go away, I plan to modify an Ho scale 4-4-0 to make a narrow gauge 1890's 4-4-0, but that one is a ways out. ;)
     

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