Southern New England Yard Plan
Tue, 2008-12-09 06:42 — Marty McGuirk
Here's the track plan Frank Hodina and I have been working on (with input from my "layout design committee" of Paul Dolkos, Craig Bisgeier, Bernie Kempinski, Andy Sperandeo, Keith Jordan, and Tony Koester - thanks guys!) for the Southern New England's "Thames Street" classification yard.
The basic yard layout is based pretty faithfully on New London, Connecticut on the Central Vermont - although this plan shows the two piers "flipped" relative to their prototype location. The engine terminal on this drawing is based on the CV's White River Junction, Vt., terminal - so it's still a CV "LDE" although it's been moved south.
Curved track running into the wall on the bottom of the page (over the section marked "Salt Marsh") will be connecting track to New Haven RR staging in storage room.
The hash marks are pretty faint on this drawing - to give you some frame of reference, the vertical wall is about 15'-6" long, the wall the piers are located against (the bottom wall, on this drawing) is 18'-7".
Paul, Bernie, and John Paganoni (a fellow CV modeler who lives down the road from me -- yes, you read that right, there are TWO CV modelers in Manassas, Virginia!!) came over Sunday and we got a running start at the benchwork. We got the benchwork for the two walls to the open grid stage (it took longer to go to Lowe's and Home Depot to get the special screws we needed for Bernie's fancy drilling jig -- and, of course, eat lunch!! - than anything else!!) With the basic benchwork for the yard completed, it's time to play around with the yard trackage arrangements "Full size" and see what will fit and work the best - but this plan is a decent starting point.
I'll add some pictures of the benchwork building "crew" later, in the meantime here's a look at the track plan for the yard.
For a detailed, if somewhat rambling, discussion of the yard, listen to ModelRailCast Show No. 42 - www.modelrailcast.com
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