Friday, October 25, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Track Plan Version 2.0

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OASIS Version 2.0

The old house is now on the market, so it is time to get serious about building the new layout in the new home.
After careful consideration, a new track plan is in order.  As much as I liked version 1.0, it would take up too much space in my layout room.  I need space for the computer, desk, printer, workshop tables, as well as space to move around the room!  The new plan is based on a switching track plan which appeared in the September 1998 issue of Model Railroader magazine.  This plan fits nicely into the available space and will provide a lot of switching opportunities.  I redesigned the plan to include a passing siding so run around moves can be made.  I plan on using Micro Engineering code 83 track and turnouts, but I will need to include a 90 degree crossing from Walthers and an Atlas 19 degree crossing (both code 83).  I may consider having the crossings custom built, but budget constraints may put a hold on that.  The theme of the layout will still be based on the original premise found in Version 1.0
I am still mulling a few ideas around regarding benchwork.  I am giving some thought to using a modified L-girder system with sectional layout pieces.  This would allow the layout to be moved if needed.  I may still use David Barrow’s Domino sections, but I am wanting to cut down on the number of legs needed to support the benchwork.  2 sets of legs are needed for each domino, and the above plan would require at least 5 sets of legs.  The L-girder benchwork would require only 1 1/2.
Benchwork construction should begin soon…at least that is the plan!!

Happy modeling!
Tom