HO point to point

HO point to point

Post by Mike Lukache » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00



I'm would like to build a HO point to point switching layout.  Will be
18"-24" wide around the wall two corners in room shelf type layout.

My question is, does anyone know if there are any books or where on the
web to find layout plans for switching layouts.  All the books I've seen
have only small 4x8 beginners or full room massive layouts.

I used to have a full ba***t layout in Lionel, but would like to get
into more realistic railroad operations instead of the round and round.
So far have a Proto 2000 GP 18 that I bought about 8-10 years ago, have
built some car kits and just purchased a MRC Tech4 350 with walkaround
throttle.  Any help in layout planning would be very usefull.

 
 
 

HO point to point

Post by John Monr » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
> I'm would like to build a HO point to point switching layout.  Will be
> 18"-24" wide around the wall two corners in room shelf type layout.

> My question is, does anyone know if there are any books or where on the
> web to find layout plans for switching layouts.  All the books I've seen
> have only small 4x8 beginners or full room massive layouts.

[...]

Believe it or not, the classic 101 Track Plans published by Kalmbach had
several switching and linear plans tucked amongst the 4x8s and elsewhere.  
Other Kalmbach plan books published over the years have at least a couple
point-to-points.  Or roll your own after consulting John Armstrong's Track
Planning for Realistic Operation.

For plans on the web, you might want to start at the NMRA home page
(www.nmra.org) and follow the link to Layout Tours from World Wide Rail
Sites.  Many of the layouts have track plans and offer links to other
sites not listed at the NMRA page.

A strategy that can be used for point-to-point design is to link together
attractive parts of published plans to fit your space.  Adapt a yard from
one plan, an industrial area from another and so on.  Worked for me.

~~
John Monrad (aka Not Ed C*nr*d)

 
 
 

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Post by Paul Tackowia » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I'm would like to build a HO point to point switching layout.  Will be
> 18"-24" wide around the wall two corners in room shelf type layout.

> My question is, does anyone know if there are any books or where on the
> web to find layout plans for switching layouts.  All the books I've seen
> have only small 4x8 beginners or full room massive layouts.

You need to find a good train shop that has lots of books. There
are quite a few track planning books out there and your best bet
is to look through them to find the ones which offer the type of
information that you're looking for. I don't know if they are
still in print, but Lynn Wescott and John Armstrong both did
famous track planning books which included numerous shelf
layouts. If you can't get to such a store try www.kalmbach.com
and browse the books they have. Another good publisher is
Carstens. I don't know if they have a web site. They have about 4
different books on layout design and planning and some of them,
like the Trackwork Handbook, are pretty definitive refernce
guides. One thing you'll need for sure is a Walthers catalog. The
Walthers catalog will prove invaluable as you ponder what type of
structures your railroad will serve as well as let you see about
10,000 other model railroading products most of which you'll
decide you need so there will go both your time and your money.

Paul Tackowiak

 
 
 

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Post by David Redmo » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>I'm would like to build a HO point to point switching layout.  Will be
>18"-24" wide around the wall two corners in room shelf type layout.

>My question is, does anyone know if there are any books or where on the
>web to find layout plans for switching layouts.  All the books I've seen
>have only small 4x8 beginners or full room massive layouts.

>I used to have a full ba***t layout in Lionel, but would like to get
>into more realistic railroad operations instead of the round and round.
>So far have a Proto 2000 GP 18 that I bought about 8-10 years ago, have
>built some car kits and just purchased a MRC Tech4 350 with walkaround
>throttle.  Any help in layout planning would be very usefull.

I think the recent or last years MRR Design special from Kalmbach
featured some industrial layout ideas.  Go to www.nmra.org and find
the pages for the Layout Design Sig.  That group has a number of
people who write good stuff about layout design for industrial and
switching operations.  You can join and buy the back issues of
publications.  If LDSIG has a local group in your area you can go to
the meetings and get personal help on layout design issues, otherwise
try sending in your preliminary designs and maybe they'll publish it
for discussion.

Opinions expressed herein are my own and may not represent those of my employer.

 
 
 

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Post by Phil Row » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Take one those "beginner's" 4 X 8 layouts, split it at one end and
fold/strecth it out. Increase min radius and turnouts and you've got a
shelf layout.
Phil Rowe

Quote:

> I'm would like to build a HO point to point switching layout.  Will be
> 18"-24" wide around the wall two corners in room shelf type layout.

> My question is, does anyone know if there are any books or where on the
> web to find layout plans for switching layouts.  All the books I've seen
> have only small 4x8 beginners or full room massive layouts.

"SNIP"
 
 
 

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Post by Tod » Sat, 20 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>Take one those "beginner's" 4 X 8 layouts, split it at one end and
>fold/strecth it out. Increase min radius and turnouts and you've got a
>shelf layout.
>Phil Rowe

Took the words out of my mouth. I'm working on designing industrial
areas (I have two 17' long shelves to plan yet) and I've been taking
'sections' of layouts and seeing how they would look on the shelf
(thanks to CADRAIL). Books and drawings are nice, but if you can, hit
a train show to see what it 'really' looks like. Magazines and books
get the 'best angles' and you might not get the full feel of what is
there. I've been at train shows and raised both  of my arms out to get
a 'rough measure' of how big an area is. I get a couple wierd looks,
but I don't want to break out a tape measure yet :)
-Todd
 
 
 

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Post by Booker10 » Sat, 20 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Mike I'm presently building a free standing island layout because of limited
space for my hobby, the wife reluctantly gave me a bay of our garage to work
in, and I've designed a 14ft x 4ft switching layout, that leaves room for one
car, storage shelves  my tool box, and work bench.  And just today I finished
and sent off my 6th model layout design this year I've done for fellow modelers
from these message boards. If you'd be intrested in seeing some of my work,
then maybe working up a design with me for your layout room, send me an e-mail
and I'd be happy to give it a try,  And the best part is I work for free.
The designs I've worked up have ranged from a 4ft x 4ft N-scale to as big as a
21ft x 21ft Ho scale, and a 15ft x 25ft N scale layout.  Todays layout was an
8ft x 32 inch N scale was under the title "New N scale layouts needed".  And he
seemed very happy with the finished product.  
Again if this sounds like something you'd be intrested in trying drop me a
line, and good luck with your layout.
R. Hargrave Glendale Az.
 
 
 

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Post by PSchuyte » Sun, 21 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Don't forget looking at the prototype for ideas! What got me going on my N
scale point-to-point railroad was some unused street trackage in Portland. You
can use street trackage (very accessible) or view industrial trackage from
roadways. This kind of thing will work for free-lance railroads as well as
prototyping as I am doing. Following real track arrangements can give a dose of
realism to any layout.
 
 
 

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Post by Mike Lukache » Sun, 21 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Thanks to all.  Good tips frm everyone.