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    Hi Folks

    After sitting on the sidelines for a long time, I joined Railroad Line Forums in January because of the outstanding modelling and the encouragement by the members for each other's efforts.

    My first post was to thank Mike for what I consider an inspirational thread on Nantahala Midland. I mentioned I was designing an N scale shelf layout and he indicated some interest in what I was doing (be careful of what you ask, Mike!).

    So, my thinking went this way:

    I live in a condo so it has to be a shelf layout.

    It should have an Inglenook.

    I love the old Gum Stump.

    I have a replica of the Amtrak Coast Starlight that my wife and I took on our honeymoon from Seattle to San Diego in 1991.

    Great Northern ran between Seattle WA and Vancouver BC.

    I love GN Empire Builder colours and have acquired a couple of locomotives and some rolling stock of that era.

    Rail-to-sea was and is common on the West Coast. It would be an ideal way to move different rolling stock on and off the layout.

    I will use cassettes for the main line and the rail-to-sea.



    The Inglenook is my primary focus and I have tried to work everything around it. As we all know, plans are great but they change when we put track down.

    So, there you have it. I always welcome comments and suggestions. By the way, NNY RR is No Name Yet (I suffer from a lack of imagination!).
    Cheers



    Brian

    Victoria, BC

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    Brian,

    This looks like an interesting adaptation of the old Gum Stump. Go for it!

    Cassettes on and off are common in the UK, and if you have a library nearby that carries "Hornby Magazine," you might find inspiration there. "Railway Modeller" magazine is another UK mag that often has good ideas for space-constrained layouts.

    The Hard Part here is likely to be getting underway from the get-go, so don't be intimidated by the process! There's plenty of help available all over the place, and folks here are pretty good about commentary.

    Go git 'em!

    Pete

    in Michigan

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    • #3
      Hi Brian, good to see you moving forward! Overall I like it, the two levels will give it a lot of visual interest. Be careful on the right hand side though. At 12" deep that much track will make scenery a real challenge. Any chance you could make the right hand side 14 to 18 inches deep?

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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum Brian! Its great to see another layout come to life. You will get lot's of great feedback here. I will be following along!
        Mark

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        • #5
          I'll also be keeping an eye on your progress. Enjoy!
          James

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          • #6
            Thanks for the comments! I appreciate any and all suggestions. You're right, Mike. The 12 inch width on the right side is very tight given the amount of trackage. I'll do a mock-up before committing to constructing and mounting the shelf.
            Cheers



            Brian

            Victoria, BC

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            • #7
              Brian,

              You have an interesting track plan with lots of operations potential. Should be fun!

              Mike
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              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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              • #8
                Thanks, Mike! It looks like it will work on paper - the moment of truth will come when the track goes down.
                Cheers



                Brian

                Victoria, BC

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                • #9
                  Hi Lads

                  It’s been quite a while since my last post in this Forum (see NNY RR) so I thought it about time for an update.

                  My original plan was for an L-shaped shelf layout however lack of space caused me to rethink the whole thing. At present I have a 2x4 ft. On30 mini and an 18x33 in. On18 mini. The little On18 layout is more or less complete and I haven’t done much with it for some time other than to run my N scale rolling stock. So, why not convert it to functioning N scale layout?

                  The first stage will be the storage shelf on the upper right which I can use as a modified Inglenook for some fun switching puzzles and the replacement of the On18 turntable and sidings. The second stage will be a reverse loop on the left and extension of the upper level sidings. Being a DC analog Neanderthal, I realize I’ll have fun wiring the wye and the reverse loop but there’s lots of information online to help out.



                  Cheers

                  Brian

                  Victoria, BC

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                  • #10

                    I probably can't be of much help to you on this plan as it violates two of my three main rules for track planning . They are no duckunders (which you don't have) and no wyes or reverse loops. My reasoning is that they aren't realistic in most cases. Reverse loops, wyes, double slip switches, turntables ect. were avoided like the plague by real railroads unless they had NO other choice as they were expensive to install and maintain and the same applies to the models as well. The same can be said for motorized turnouts in the model world as well. That said these are my rules not yours and if you like those things then you should include them on your layout. That aside it looks like you don't have enough length leaving the wye to gain enough elevation to clear the track inside the tunnel?

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                    • #11
                      Brian,

                      I’ll second Mike’s concern regarding the track over the tunnels and add the observation that switching cars on a grade is to be avoided as a source of colorful language.

                      Do you have an operations scheme in mind?

                      Mike
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                      Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                      • #12
                        Mike & Mike

                        Thanks for your input! When I built the On18 mini I didn't want a flat layout so I added a grade from the front of the layout to the upper level. As it happens there will be ample clearance for N scale rolling stock.

                        I could easily eliminate the wye and save myself the cost of 2 turnouts - probably the best thing to do.

                        Insofar as the reverse loop is concerned, I was very impressed by Prof Klyzlr's Dynamite Canyon video:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lbdod_dXJU

                        Operations would consist of sorting cars on the Inglenook/storage sidings (interchange), then out and back on the reversing loop to the upper sidings, resort and return.

                        Given the space available, I thought that would give me a little bit of running as well as the appearance of 2 destinations.

                        I'll look forward to your comments.
                        Cheers



                        Brian

                        Victoria, BC

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                        • #13
                          Brian how long is that layout from right to left?

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                          • #14
                            Hi Mike

                            Here is a revised plan with dimensions:



                            The original On18 mini was designed to fit inside a Rubbermaid container (minus the mountain top, trees and buildings).
                            Cheers



                            Brian

                            Victoria, BC

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                            • #15
                              O.K. now that I see that it's 8 feet long I understand how you can get clearance for the tunnel. I like that plan better, with the wye and reverse loop gone it will save you a ton of wiring hassles. You have a track running to the left along the bottom edge of the layout that appears to go into a tunnel. Where does it go or is it a hidden staging/storage track?

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