Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Plan

Well, I've figured out how to get my old printer to work on my new computor so I have been able to scan the plan for my new layout, sorry it's not very clear

It's a 4 car garage, approx. 14 x 7m, that will be partitioned so 1 single garage can be used for my car. Across the bottom is Wang (loosely based on Wallerawang, just west of Lithgow) and the main line will follow the wall around to the top, where a condensed (but prototypically correct) version of Tarana will be. The main will continue around onto a peninsular, to staging loops. Also from Tarana the Oberon branch will leave and rise above the staging loops on the peninsular, and once it's gained enough height, will cross the lower aisle to above Wang, it will the follow the wall around the room and terminate above Tarana. The room in the bottom left will have a loco depot, with the main continuing behind and down to more staging loops. the rest of this area will be a workshop.

As stated, Tarana and the branch will be as close to prototypical as possible in the available space, Wang will have all the track from the prototype, but with a couple of Fuel sidings (based on western prototypes) and the milk depot that used to exist in Lithgow. I am still considering having a wheat silo but am still deciding. These extra sidings are so that the shunting engine (26 Class) has more to do. It will also have the coal stage on the main, that once existed in Lithgow. The Loco depot won't be based on any particular prototype but will have a75' TT, roundhouse, similar to Valley heights, ash siding under Arr/Dep roads and some coal storage roads.

I intend to use code 83 flextrack for the main, code70 for the branch and Fast Tracks, no. 6 turnouts and slips and of course it will run on DCC.

My main problem now is layout height. I like eye level viewing, and Oberon will be at a height of about 1.7m, but I would like Wang to be at desk height (900mm), which means I'm going to have to use a spiral on the peninsular. This can be done in 2 ways, firstly, use a normal spiral in the centre, or secondly, I could keep looping it around having it all sceniced until the required height is reached. Now, this sounds good except that I don't like the spaghetti look, any suggestions?

Well that's enough for now, my eyes are starting to hurt:(
More updates soon

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