Round 2. Double deck N scale layout of T&P and KATY in Texas.
OK everyone, I've taken in what you have given me and am trying again. I have decided to try and build a double deck. I know it's going to be a challenge but I'm up for it. Also this seems to be the only way I can fit in what I want to model.
My goals are to have a little of both, room to run some trains in a loop and also do some switching when I want to. So this is phase one I guess, the lower level which will represent the T&P running east/west between T55 in Fort Worth and Midland/Odessa. One possible alternative on this level would be to nix Odessa and just do Midland and give some more running room between Ft Worth and Midland.
So on to the layout. Starting in the lower right corner is the helix to the upper level. Across the bottom is the Union station and downtown. In the lower right will be the turntable and the 360 roundhouse, or at least part of it. On the lower left end section will be the engine shop and refueling stations for both steam and diesel.
As you move to the lower section of the island, that will be the T&P freight yard and warehouse. There is a divider down the island to separate it into two different scenes. Coming around the end of the island has you leaving Ft Worth and entering Midland. I know there is not much room between the two towns but I'm hoping that the divider will make up for that. Moving on around you wind up on the upper section and in Odessa.
This where I could possibly nix Odessa and move Midland up here. This would give the top side of the island as open country running room. I decided to put a reversing loop at the end instead of another helix at this time. With the same type of reversing loop on the upper deck, it would make for a long run to do one full loop of the whole layout.
I know some have said to not run the track in straight lines but I'm not sure how to change it and still have the sidings. Any ideas? Or am I stuck like it is?
Again, thanks for your input and in helping me design this layout. I'm now working on the upper level.
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