Playing with Dominos
In order to better understand my capabilities, I am creating a 12' modular mini-layout (chainsaw). I may or may not keep it in the end, so I am building in the ability to expand it from the middle (red line near Oil Dealer) if it turns out well and I end up keeping it. (This expansion would add an additional industry (Feed Mill) and extend the passing siding and yard tracks.
Scale is HO and train length will be limited to eight feet.
The track plan holds with the prototype track layout for a rural town based in the mid 1950's. The main line is double track. East is to the Left, West to the Right.
Here's how I see this module fitting into the bigger picture:
This would be one of four towns on the layout and the furthest from the classification yard (ie end of local switching run). Two of the other towns are a station and a single spur siding. The fourth town will be more industrialized and contain a classification yard/engine facilities.
To the left of this town would lead to staging. Immediately left of this town is a crossover to allow yard access to the upper (Eastbound) main line.
I have a seven track temporary staging area that will attach to the right of these modules to allow for some local switching.
Right now, the main issue that I see currently is with the gravel loading facility. I know that the prototype was a through loader, but had a lot longer track to run on. I see the process right now as: Pull cars from yard track to the right over the crossover past the turnout to the siding. Push cars up the siding and under the gravel loader then back onto the siding left of the loader. Pull back on to the main to the right of town, then back through the crossover and into the yard. Repeat with second yard track of hoppers, then pull the string of full hoppers back to the classification yard. It seems like I will be tying up the main more than necessary with this arrangement.
I think it may be better to move the gravel loader to a spur with multiple tracks under the loader.
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