A cleaned up layout plan

It’s been almost three years since I first posted a plan of my layout on this blog – so it’s time for a new one:
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(Click on the plan to view a larger version)

This plan is based on an original, drawn for me by my friend Chester Louis for an article I wrote for the Layout Design Journal. (Thanks again, Chester!)

There have been few alterations from the original design. Some of the benchwork is slightly different, which made the layout easier to build. But for the most part the changes are minor and cosmetic – involving the tweaking of structure locations and suchlike. The most obvious change is that I split the Lynn River into two segments to make it easier to scenic this area.

Still, I thought it would be nice to add a cleaned-up plan to this blog since my rough scribblings – while adequate to the task of building the layout – leave something to be desired from an aesthetic standpoint:
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(Click on the plan to view a larger version)

The good news is, regardless of the quality of the drawing, I remain throughly satisfied with the track arrangement and the building and operating challenges this layout presents.

9 thoughts on “A cleaned up layout plan

  1. And you’re going to pass this on to the MRH plan guy.
    Love the simplicity of the effort. Thanks for doing this blog and allowing us to learn with you.

    • Thanks Tom – yes, I’ll have to do that at some point. MRH already has a copy of my hand-drawn plan, though…

  2. You mention “operating challenges.” You have two towns and five “industries” plus your sector plate area. What challenges are you talking about? Did you discuss you operations in an earlier blog post?

  3. Jared,
    Not sure if you get what the layout’s all about, or if you’re if being deprecating about a “simpler” layout.
    But I can tell you from personal experience that switching the town of Port Rowan can be very challenging. Between the requirements of when and where the varnish needs to be spotted and the limited options for run arounds and short sidings, switching the town can be very intensive.
    Trevor has done a masterful job in recreating the flavour of a small town on the north shore of Lake Erie.

    • Thank you, Pierre.

      Jared, for the benefit of you and to those who are new to my blog, I’ll point you to the “Categories” drop-down menu on the right hand side of the home page.

      There, you’ll find a category called “Operations“, which will return all posts related to how my friends and I run trains on this layout.

      As of this writing, there are 109 posts – from philosophy to actual operating session reports. Within those posts, you’ll find lots of information about the operating challenges on this layout and how I address them, including:

      – coupler choice and the impact on operation
      – replicating LCL and express traffic
      – OS-ing using a working telegraph system
      – representing brakes and air
      – train line signalling
      – prototype-inspired waybills and switch lists
      – and lots more

      If there’s anything I’ve missed in those 109 post, let me know and I’ll be happy to address it in a future post.


  4. I’ll echo the others by saying I appreciate the simple design – simply beautiful. And it allows you to get involved in a lot of other aspects of the fabric of railroading – switch stands, brakewheels, etc – that really make operating a train over your line as realistic as it can be. Very cool (but I note your “rough scribblings” were pretty good – the cleaned up plan didn’t improve on them too much!)

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