Exploring some design concepts
After dismantling my last layout due to a move to a new home that doesn’t have a space the same shape or size, and the fact that it was conceived as a starter layout, learning tool, test bed, chain saw. As I get settled in the new place I’m starting to think about concepts and plans for the next layout. My first thought is to build another version of the Wabash Columbia Branch but I have a been there done that feeling about that idea. Like many I have been bit by the industrial park layout bug. I also have an interest in giving modern area modeling a try. I’d also like to model a location closer to home, North East Indiana. I’m also envisioning a different operation pattern. I picture the layout having a small yard representing some little outpost kind of yard that is just the base for a local, with a small yard office where the crew is based as well as being an office for a maintenance crew with extra crossing gate arms, rail, ties, etc stacked around. Operationally, A transfer job would run from staging to the small yard. The local would then build its train and head off to serve the industries. Upon its return to the yard the cars are built into a train for the transfer job to take back to staging. That’s the rough operational concept. My space is a bit unusual. My layout space is the end of my basement family room, with a built in bar in the corner.
I have been researching different prototype locations for inspiration.
Fort Wayne, IN has two areas of interest:
- The old GR&I line running north from Runnion Ave. I think this might be my first choice but I don’t think I really have the space for this.
2.Airport Industrial Park
3.I don’t know much about this area yet but it appears to be operated by CSX, at least it is there power that always seems to be in the area. The unused coaling tower and large grain elevator to the north could make for some interesting modeling.
4. The area along Water St. north east to the diamond and then back to the west is an easy candidate for shelf layout modeling. I think this is operated by NS.
5. The BNSF line along W. Cermark Rd. Like #1, I might not have enough room to pull this off.
6. The Kendallville terminal RR. This mile or so of track still exists to serve the Kraft marshmallow plant as well as some road salt and plastic pellet loads.
My givens, druthers, and a detailed room drawing to follow in another post. I’m looking for thoughts, opinions, and general help on working out a plan.
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