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  • Saco River - Maine style HOn30 trackplan

    Greetings Folks,

    I've come up with a smallish track plan for a Maine style, waterfront HOn30 layout:



    I think it would make a nice do-able layout. Steep scenery rising from the coast would be in order, me thinks, though the two spurs (on either side of the station) might need to be eliminated to make room. There would also probably be room near the turntable for a small enginehouse.

    I've never built any sort of waterfront scene before, and it's something that, for as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to try. We'll see how it goes, my tastes seem to change as often as the weather. I am partially commited as I've ordered a bunch of HOn30 switch kits from fasttracks...

    What do you think of the plan?

    -Cody

  • #2
    Cody

    The track plan has lots of potential and your choice of subject matter is excellent. Don't worry about how many times your taste has changed, i'm positive have you beat. Looking forward to watching your project leave the planning stages and constructions begins.

    Peter [:-kitty]

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    • #3
      I like the looks of it Cody, Fastracks was a good choice because there are plenty of switches over there. I'm not sure you'll be able to do the steep scenery unless you do some sort of ravine, the space required seem to small.

      I'm also building a HOn30 waterfront layout based on Thacher's Inlet so I'll be watching this with great interest, mine can be found here, I'm tracklaying at the moment:

      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=16266

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      • #4
        Interesting plan Cody, if you do build it please post your progress pics!

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        • #5
          Very very nice Cody....I think I'm going to...ahem...borrow this plan for a HO version. Though I'll expand it a bit. Give me a day or two to post something. Did I mention that I like this. [}]

          --Rich B.
          --Rich

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          • #6
            Cody, I really like your trackplan! The subject is neat too. The trackwork flows nicely; it looks like you will be building at least some of those turnouts from scratch, another plus with a smallish layout. Have you thought about how you are going to perform uncoupling? If magnetically, be sure to test those magnets with a couple of cars every time you add more track and magnets. Small layouts mean curves, which I expect you know those magnets do not like.

            I do hope you can keep at least one of those spurs near that station; they add a lot. Otherwise, GO FOR IT!

            --Stu--
            --Stu--

            It\'s a great day whenever steam heads out into the timber!

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            • #7
              That's a well thought out track plan, Cody. I think you're right about having to delete the two sidings on either side of the station. I like the way you use the river and bridge to separate the two scenes.

              George
              Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.

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              • #8
                Hi, Cody --

                I'm drafting plans for an HOn3 shelf layout to fit in the hallway of my apartment - about 16 inches wide by 18 feet long, on top of the bookcases. It will have a Maine waterfront scene at one end - I hope you won't be unhappy if it winds up looking quite a lot like what you're drawn.

                Don

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                • #9
                  Thanks Folks,

                  I based the design on Thatchers Inlet and Cundy's Harbor, and what I remember reading about the C&DR when I first started model railroading (when I was a kid). I think the chances of me actually building this are pretty good. I'm excited to return to what got me into model railroading in the first place!


                  -Cody

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                  • #10
                    You might have a very fine layout with such a plan, that should provide you with full of scenic possibilities, as well as good operating opportunities.

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                    • #11
                      Cody,

                      I like it very much. :up: :up:

                      Of course Thatcher's is my favorite layout of all time and I can see the influence in your track plan.

                      Back when Tyson started the Mini/Micro forum I built my version of Thatcher's and I have included it on my larger layout with some modifications.

                      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...02&whichpage=1

                      What with you and Nelson (and maybe Rich and Don) all working on waterfront layouts there should be some interesting reading down the road.
                      <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks John,

                        I've always liked your Thatcher's Inlet & Alsaka Railroad, especially the waterfront scenes.

                        -Cody

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                        • #13
                          As I mentioned earlier I like Cody's (acousticco) Saco plan a whole lot. So I laid this track plan out to see what it would be like in my office though I've recreated it in HO.



                          First off it's really more like 3' deep and in the end to get just that bit extra space, 3'-3" looks about right at the widest point. Next I've got a little less length so away goes the turntable. Since I'm going to use small diesels I'll be ok. Lastly I do have another section around the corner so I created some more sidings and a small yard. I'm not quite sure about the run around crossover location but this looks like a nice workable idea for me.

                          This plan seems to lend itself well to small buildings. Things like Bar Mills Trackside Jacks and Campbell's Norm's Ice House & Cafe. And believe it or not the left most wharf is an excact fit for the Campbell's Wharf! I think this will be a really fun little layout. Thanks Cody!

                          --Rich B.
                          --Rich

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                          • #14
                            Looks good Rich,

                            I like the small yard on the section you've added, I have a similar room shape and have been trying to figure out what to do with the same area on mine. My idea was to include some of my other favorite prototypes, (Kiso Forest Railway and the Darjeeling Himilayas Railway) and call the whole thing the Darjeeling, Kisofukushima & Saco. The best of all worlds!

                            -Cody

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                            • #15
                              Cody and Rich,

                              Looks like you both have two very nice plans which will provide you both with lots of modeling and operations fun down the road.

                              Please keep us posted on your progress with both.

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