Layout room track design - HO - Bob Hayes

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I see more information is needed. The little room in the lower right corner is the attic area over a laundry room/half bath. The staging area is located just to the right of that attic, and is located on the second floor of my home which was built about 5 yrs. ago. The room is about 11'x35' but the ceiling has an 8/12 pitch so one side is about 6.5' high while the other is 1'. I figure a staging area with a balloon track about 6' in dia. should fit and at a comfortable height for operators. The layout room will have about 9' ceilings(depends on how thick the floor is). As for the track plan, I plan on a two level layout.

In the plan there is a yard at the bottom for UP, with BNSF staging to the right. On the second level directly above would be the BNSF yard with UP staging above the BNSF staging. I am looking for long runs between towns, point-to-point operation & continous running for break in, or when I just want to watch the trains go by. One thought is to have the computer operate the mainline, while I switch a town. Here in Chiloquin, OR, I don't expect much of a crew, and there should be enough operating positions and trains to run, that there won't be much time for standing around. Smoking will not be allowed inside the building, and in winter when the temperature is 35 and snow is a foot deep, I think most people would prefer to stay inside where it's warm. However, a crew lounge could be had along side of the stairs where the cabinets and microwave are. The layout on either side of the stairs would normally be not more than 18", and no part of the layout would be more than 30" wide. Minimum radius is 30", and grades will probably be under 2%, except where the transition between levels will be(see Stephen Priest's design in the June 2004 MR).

The biggest problem I'm having with the other design is the 60' long islands running parallel to each other, and how to break them up so a person in one town can't see the next.

Peninsula over stairs =

  One thing you might want to consider is to actually place benchwork over the stairs
coming up.  Dr Richard Kamm of Shreveport, LA did this when he moved his SUE line upstairs
about 15 or so years ago.  If helps to cover a potential fall space and gives more room for
the layout.  Just remember to check head height of people coming up the stairs.  Also since 
it requires operators to  being moving by the opening during operation, if keeps them away 
from making a misstep and ending up down the stairs with other serious problems.

George Simmons Dry Prong, LA


The room description is confusing. What wall is 1' high? A grid of 12" by 12" would be helpful. Is the thing in the middle a stair? The text is too small to read. Where is there a 60 foot long run? Yes, it needs more info., please. Sincerely, Mike O'Brien Pasadena, CA

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