Help choosing first industry...

Sumner Jan 20, 2020

  1. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    Well, let`s dive into this a little bit. Do you want a wood, brick, stucco building? Do you want something that looks early 1900's?
     
  2. Sumner

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    Thanks. The following is from my first post in this thread and still holds true...

    'I'm looking for an industry to build that would be pre-mid 70's, so something 40's to 60's to put on a siding. I'd like it to have a side loading dock for deliveries and a narrow dock along the track also. Just something basic that looks like it could of been used for a number of different businesses.'

    Not sure if you noticed or not but I did find two structures that I ordered that fit that criteria, one wood and the other plastic. Figured that would give me some experience with both types of construction. They are in a post above. Since I need more than two structures I'm still compiling a list and links to others for the future, so I'll check out any other suggestions you guys have.

    Thanks,

    Sumner
     
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  3. bremner

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    I get the era that you're modeling, I am just trying to figure out if you want something that is new or beat up...
     
  4. Sumner

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    New or beat up as in the looks of the finished model or what it is trying to represent?

    Not sure if this helps but they won't all look like they were build in the same time period. Maybe some were built in the 20's-40's or before and others in the 60's say. Also some might be in good condition and others looking well used and uncared for. What you would find in real life in an industrial area.

    I'll concentrate on other types of structures when the layout expands past the staging yard.

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    The staging yard (shown above) originally wasn't going to be a place for any structures, just a place to store or build trains that would come onto the layout from the east or the west. Then I decided why not, for now at least, put some structures on the sidings. It would give me experience in building structures and doing some simple scenery. It will just look like the edge of town and/or the local yard there. I realize the track plan is not prototypical but it isn't suppose to be it is designed to serve as a model railroad staging yard off the ends of the layout and as a place to program and run-in locos.

    Later I might move some of the structures to other areas of the layout depending on time and how much I can still accomplish at this point in life,

    Sumner
     
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  5. bremner

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    Thanks, the first three are too large for this part of the layout but I'll keep them in mind for later. The fifth one is one of the two I ordered from Mike the other day and the last looks interesting and a possible candidate for this part of the layout. I'd like to see what is on the backside of the building though. Are their loading doors for either truck or boxcars on that side. I can't tell from the pictures I've been able to find.

    I'll build the two that I ordered and go from there.

    Thanks,

    Sumner
     
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  7. mtntrainman

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    <SNAP> That last one is the same one that I posted as my freight transfer buisness.(y) It does have wide freight doors on the backside. that are the same height as boxcar floors (y)(y)(y)
     
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    It looks like you have at least three yards there and yards are not industries. Plus you have four ovals...do you need that many? I would eliminate at least one of the ovals and only keep one small yard. Everything else that has three or more branches off of a track should be cut back to one or two at the most. Lots of track does not equal lots of running or switching. John Allen's Timesaver (one of the greatest switching layouts of all time) takes very little room to get the maximum amount of switching. Also too many tracks leave almost no space for industries or scenery. I've done the same thing, tried to cram everything into too small of a space, you will enjoy it more if you leave some room for 'negative' space. Just a thought...
     
  9. Sumner

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    Jeff thanks for the input but this is suppose to just be a staging yard off the main layout. It is the area at the top right above.

    The reason for all the tracks is to stage trains or parts of trains there that will then enter the layout which hopefully is more prototypical. I tried to explain that a couple posts above but I guess I wasn't too good at it :(. I figured 'for practice and experience' I could put a couple industries there for the time being before starting on the main part of the layout. Later I'd probably move them to one of the towns.

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    One of the ovals (there are 3 currently) will turn into the two tracks entering and leaving staging and won't be a loop once that happens (see upper left above). That outer track, no longer a loop, will be able to be used for continuous running over the rest of the layout circling around the staging area if needed At that point there will just be two ovals and one is there to build a longer train on if needed or for continuous running if I'm breaking a loco in.

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    Thanks, yes that is the type of structure I'm looking for now. I'll add it to my list and after getting the first two built that should be here soon I'll probably order it,

    Sumner
     

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