Long Valley Branch

Rich_S Jul 19, 2020

  1. Rich_S

    Rich_S TrainBoard Member

    For your viewing pleasure, here are two video that show case how I operate my 24" x 80" Hollow Core Door layout that I call the Long Valley Branch. Even though the layout is a simple loop, I operate the line as if it was a point to point railroad, with the train running from the Midland Interchange Yard to the village of Long Valley.
    A couple of things to point out up front:
    • I'm in no way shape or form an videographer, I'm lucky I know how to turn the camera on :ROFLMAO:
    • I'm using a simple pocket sized point and shoot digital camera to create these videos.
    So you may find the image quality and sometime the focus are not the best, but hopefully the videos will give everyone some ideas or suggestions on how to operate a small layout.

    Here is a track schematic of the layout.

    1974 Penn Central Track Schematic.jpg

    Along with the track schematic I also use an employee timetable I created in Microsoft Word and car cards created in the Albion Software ShipIt Car Cards.

    And now, onto the videos:

  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I have seen many a nice layout operated at an Indy 500 pace. What really stands out for me is your track speed. Much closer to realism, at this slower pace.
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    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Nice vids. It's cool to see some N scale Ann Arbor power at work!
  4. Rich_S

    Rich_S TrainBoard Member

    In this final episode we watch the Long Valley Branch crew work the Vulcan Steel Fabricators sidings. They will then reassemble their train for the trip back to the Midland Interchange yard. Before departing Long Valley, the crew will stop at the Long Valley Interlocking tower to pickup their train orders for the return trip.

  5. sidney

    sidney TrainBoard Member

    nice love those videos thank you
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  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    I always enjoy seeing photos of your layout and I greatly enjoyed these videos too. Your Long Valley Branch is proof that a fine railroad can be built in limited space and thoroughly enjoyed. (y)
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  7. OlyPen

    OlyPen TrainBoard Member

    Yes, I'm all in with this too, Rich. (Paul)
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  8. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

    Rich, thanks for taking and posting these videos. I'm just getting back into the hobby and starting a HCD layout.

    I first learned of your layout on a JJs Trains video about a year ago. I like that is has simple and non congested feel yet has a convincing purpose for the railroad. It is a fine example of the merits of N scale on a HCD and helped persuade me to build my own layout on a HCD.

    I'm delighted to see your slow speed switching maneuvers and aim to do the same on my layout.

    Please post more videos as time permits.
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