O/On30 Garden Layout?

alexkmmll Feb 17, 2013

  1. alexkmmll

    alexkmmll TrainBoard Member

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    How great!
    The viaduct may be a little too large, and a little out of place for me, though. Maybe next time. I really want to do an On30 layout based around logging and mining. It would involve tunnels, inclines, many plants, and even a water feature, I would think. I drew up a quick "to portray my point" plan. The line extends along a side yard to a loop that brings it back at ground level again. It will most likely be a logging branch and possibly another yard on the lowest side, but will pretty much be two tracks, one going out, the other coming back, so I excluded it from the plan.
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    Alex
     
  2. ScaleCraft

    ScaleCraft TrainBoard Member

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    I will just say this. In Large Scale (#1 gauge), you can get your arm all the way into a tunnel for derailments, debris removal, etcetera. On narrow 0 gauge, might be an issue on maintenance. One of those tunnels has no track above it, so a lift out panel is do-able, but the other two, especially the yard, might be an issue.
    Concrete is always good base....rebar......either drill and install nylon inserts or imbed TREX sections for screws. I know what regular wood will do when concrete is around it. I have some really well defined 2" square holes in my concrete where I didn't use TREX.
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  3. alexkmmll

    alexkmmll TrainBoard Member

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    Dave,
    I left the tunnel under the yard straight and relatively short, making it easy to push any derailed cars or debris out with a pole of some sort. However, tunnel on the right side was concerning to me. If this all does go through, I would most likely create a way to access it from the side, perhaps a removable rock or something similar. Thinking about it now, I may create a connection between the outer loop around the tree to the line just before the tunnel, so I can have a temporary loop to run while the largest part of it is under construction...
    Alex
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That water feature just begs for a trestle to bridge it.
     
  5. ScaleCraft

    ScaleCraft TrainBoard Member

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    01260015.jpg 01260021.jpg Can't even get it all in one picture. Big trestles are always eye-catchers. I have one tunnel under the upper yard...track is screwed to a board, nestled in pea gravel, so I can disconnect and drag it out. Had to do it once when a neighborhood cat decided to take a dump IN the tunnel. A scheduled wayfreight found it.I have always thought the 4 tracks in the yard could be done with 4 short bridges over a cut, if it came to that.
    Dave
     
  6. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I agree with Ken, a trestle would definitely be an eye-catcher! And what fun to build! I hope the logging railroad gets underway, I look forward to watching progress - takes me back to my garden railway days.
     

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