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Prototype in the round?
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:23:42 PM »
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Any thoughts on an industrial prototype for inspiration for a 24" diameter circle layout? Looking for ideas.

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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2019, 06:40:50 PM »
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 06:54:42 PM »
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Loved that the first time I saw it.  I wish the train was operated a little more slowly though.
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 08:02:46 PM »
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Is an industrial theme essential?


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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 04:53:55 PM »
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Well, there's that circular terminal in New York.

And our boy @cbroughton67 just shared this one that might be close.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/728920213839816/permalink/2106817579383399/

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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 10:14:11 PM »
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Well, there's that circular terminal in New York.

And our boy @cbroughton67 just shared this one that might be close.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/728920213839816/permalink/2106817579383399/

Link doesn't work for me, so I sent a request to join that group. I've seen the circular NY terminal. Not interested in that much effort on trackwork.

I saw the factory in the round layout, which got me thinking that such a layout in N scale could be operational, but not really wanting to blatantly duplicate that layout, or appear to do so.

I do want to do industrial, as I like kitbashing more than slinging static grass and plaster, but not totally against a scenic layout with a scene or two on a round. I might also go looking for a lazy Susan of suitable size to make the layout easy to rotate for viewing from all angles.
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 11:11:44 PM »
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It was a link to this:
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.2464864,-85.7811276,3a,75y,16.16h,74.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svuyFi8PihZYCqD1AKwHZCw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Not a circle, but interesting complicated trackwork. The building is torn down now, but some track is left in the parking lot. Something like this:
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 01:17:03 AM »
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There's a double track loop just to the west of Aberdeen SD.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/45°27'24.9"N+98°33'47.6"W

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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 02:01:49 AM »
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And, just to the west of that Aberdeen loop, there's another one, at a grain elevator.  It makes sense.  But why was the one in your link built?
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2019, 03:03:51 AM »
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And, just to the west of that Aberdeen loop, there's another one, at a grain elevator.  It makes sense.  But why was the one in your link built?
One more, about a further 10 miles to the west, at an ethanol plant.

Maybe the loop with nothing else on it is for a facility that either never got built or has yet to built?
It would make a great test track if you had a 1:1 scale train collection. 



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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2019, 08:48:51 AM »
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It was a link to this:
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.2464864,-85.7811276,3a,75y,16.16h,74.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svuyFi8PihZYCqD1AKwHZCw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Not a circle, but interesting complicated trackwork. The building is torn down now, but some track is left in the parking lot. Something like this:

It's the former Philip-Morris plant (cigarette maker) here in Louisville, which shut down around 1999-2000. My employer (Brown-Forman) is one block south and west of this location and is served by the same track lead. If my Google Maps measurements and conversions are correct, this could be built with little or no compression in roughly 5'x3.5' in N, which really has my gears turning. A compressed 24" version with single-car spots should be very doable. Finding photos of the site back in the day is proving to be a challenge, though.


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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2019, 01:58:00 AM »
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Point353:  A test track was my first thought, which is why I started looking around it.  I decided it wasn't a test track, because that should at least have an office.  It may be another site waiting to be built, since it seems to have been cleared.
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Re: Prototype in the round?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2019, 07:07:39 AM »
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It was a link to this:
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.2464864,-85.7811276,3a,75y,16.16h,74.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svuyFi8PihZYCqD1AKwHZCw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Not a circle, but interesting complicated trackwork. The building is torn down now, but some track is left in the parking lot. Something like this:


Interesting find, but not really an in the round set up. That track work looks right up your alley, Chris. I haven't the tools to skills to handlay track that complex.


My parents live near this one, so research would be possible, but I would need a much bigger layout base than 24" diameter.
https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8036388,-76.2863787,544m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

It's a Perdue grain elevator/ VA Department of Agriculture site.

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