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  • danpickard
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    Jeff,

    Is there a demand that the layout room be attached to part of the house and remain accessible inside? Wondering if it would even be just as affordable (and likely more flexible and accommodating to the modelling needs) if a free standing small shed/barn/room was constructed in the yard? I know rules and regulations are likely quite different where I live down under, but the shed I built, with lined and insulated walls, carpeted and power/lighting just where I wanted it, was far cheaper than I would ever be able to do if to constructed a connected new room onto the current house (and I mean at least less than 1/4 the price).

    Cheers,

    Dan Pickard

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  • Coaltrain
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    I like your idea Arthur, it looks better than what I was thinking, I would have to check to see if I can drop it 2' without causing a drainage issue outside. Maybe there is a way to still have the out side be up on a 24" foundation but have the floor inside dropped.

    Mark, this would be a new addition built on the house. The trouble I would have building into the adjacent room where my layout is now is that there are a ton of obstacles in that room to work around, one of which is a big window that my wife does not like me covering up.

    I made the siding in the upper left just a single dead end branch because I learning that it takes a lot of scene depth in O scale to make even a small tipple fit. Also, having to make two trips to work the tipple is not really a bad thing. The operator will have to run light to pick up the loads, return to the run around, then head back with a few empty hoppers which will eat up some operating time.

    The other area you had concerns would all be level. From the start of the passing siding to the small trestle (including the tipple siding) would all be level. I decided that I would reduce the grades to around 3% so that there is not as much issues with locomotives running down grade and bucking.

    Adding the coke ovens at the interchange would not really be much of an operation addition because they would have been worked by the standard gauge. They would be interesting to look at but really they would be back at the dump trestle.

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  • CieloVistaRy
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  • quarryman
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    Jeff-

    Looking through your latest posts, I cannot tell if you are planning on building an addition to your house, or if you are extending your layout into the room adjacent to it like you considered doing a while back.

    I like your new track plan



    Two areas that concern me are highlighted

    The upper left corner behind the door: I would consider a facing spur at the loader so you can deliver empties and pickup loads in one move.

    The siding on the peninsula: Is this going to be on a steep grade? Will you be able to hold cars on the siding while switching?

    Also, I think the extension to the standard gauge transfer could give you an opportunity to model a bank of coke ovens. Not sure how to work them into the scene, but it looks like there is enough room.

    Mark Chase

    Richmond VA

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  • Coaltrain
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    that is the only place it can go for sure.


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