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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2017, 01:54:16 PM »
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track plan.....


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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2017, 02:00:46 PM »
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I like the plan. Have you given any thought to connecting the tracks from the tipple into the staging yard area for empties in/loads out ops?
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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2017, 05:53:45 PM »
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I always liked the Long Island Rail Road smoke grey & burnt orange paint scheme, but if I used those on freelance scheme, I would always know it was the LIRR and it wouldn't seem plausible for my railroad

What about reversing the location of them? BTW, I really like the layout plan as well, nice and simple,

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2017, 05:05:48 AM »
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Ooooo, that plan has a lot of hidden track. I'm really leery of hidden track, ever since the one layout I built with it required me to use a yardstick to shove out any derailed cars/locos onto the floor. Plus a super bitch to clean it ... just some words of warning.

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2017, 07:56:30 AM »
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Ooooo, that plan has a lot of hidden track. I'm really leery of hidden track, ever since the one layout I built with it required me to use a yardstick to shove out any derailed cars/locos onto the floor. Plus a super bitch to clean it ... just some words of warning.

He doesn't even have one turnout in the hidden track, so I wouldn't be concerned about derailments back there.  And, in HO (at least for me), the track doesn't need cleaning nearly as often as it does for N scale track.  I wouldn't hesitate to do this design, although I would probably have a low backdrop that would allow access over top when necessary.

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P.S. Now that I see the track plan, I can appreciate that second track behind the truss bridge in the photo earlier in this thread.  It's like a branchline, so it does not need to be completely hidden.  Kudos on the track plan.

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2017, 09:22:32 AM »
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The tipple track is 3-1/2" higher than staging, so empties in/loads out was never an option, and there's no easy way to make the connection back there even without an elevation difference.

The hidden track is not a problem at all. I had the same configuration on my earlier N scale layout. The track at the bottom was inside a large factory and the track at the left was behind a hillside. Had a derailment now and then but it was never a problem as the tracks (not in the factory) were not covered above. Reaching in wasn't a problem. The greater challenge was not falling off the chair. I built a few track cleaning cars that ran in coal drags regularly and kept it clean. Every now and then I had to clean it by hand, it was a pain but doable. Not a problem once or twice a year. Everything else is in the next room out in the open. I have two inexpensive video camera/monitor set ups so I can watch trains entering and leaving the staging yards

The one track plan disappointment (so far) is the turn back blob. I had to reduce it to 22" radius, I was maintaining 24" everywhere else, but this pinched the aisles a bit to much near the blob

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2017, 08:58:45 AM »
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First mock-up.....



One issue I am having with the switch to HO is that I still think in N scale. This area looked more then sufficient for a good sized structure. I cut out a paper foot print for a building I was envisioning. It looked a bit small so I enlarged it. Then I put a boxcar on the siding and it immediately looked to small and what I was envisioning wasn't tall enough either. This mock-up is about 50% larger than the original imagineering effort.
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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2017, 02:22:35 PM »
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more progress, track laying proceeds east....in the distance under the visor is the last remaining section of my N-scale layout..


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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2017, 02:23:45 PM »
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the n scale layout is no more.....


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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2017, 02:24:49 PM »
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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2017, 02:49:00 PM »
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Nice.

I don't see it mentioned elsewhere: code 83(?)

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2017, 02:51:12 PM »
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yes, code 83

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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2017, 05:04:24 PM »
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This is just a great layout.
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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2017, 09:56:22 AM »
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the blob.....


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Re: HO somewhere in Appalachia.....
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2017, 02:21:19 PM »
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absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with my layout, but I think it's a cool picture nonetheless....