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Old 06-18-2012, 12:23 AM
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Building a 5'x10' HO club layout

[FONT="Georgia"][COLOR="Black"]I may be tooting my own horn, but a friend and I are building a 5'x10' HO layout for our very small club Rail Roadrunners of Yuma. Marvin took a plan from MR of the 1960's and we stretched it a little. Min rad is 23", max grade is 1.8%, track is code 83 Atlas flex with Peco #6 turnouts. I am documenting the build on my blog Armchair Modeling Title is LO#1 through LO#8 and following.
This includes a lot of the trials we encounter in frame-work, sub-roadbed, cork roadbed, track and turnouts, wiring, etc. We are just getting to the scenery stage, track ballast, profile boards and such.
If you are wondering what is involved in building such a layout, log in and follow along.

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:22 AM
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:13 PM
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That looks like the old Pigeon Creek and Thawville plan by Bill Baron (I think). If so, I would do as the author suggested and build a yard on an adjoining shelf. This would make for a very nice point to loop mainline run- yard to the lower level via the upper and return by the same route with good local freight operation along the way- in a very reasonable space- a nice plan that I considered building a couple of times.

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:44 AM
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5'x10'

Your right Railmix. Expanded to 5'x10', curves to 23", grade to 1.8%. Sub-roadbed is 1/2" with cork, turnouts are Peco #6, wired for DC. Sceneery will be plaster cloth over cardboard strips and profile boards. Track is Atlas code 83. Base frame is 1"x4", 4 full length. Cross pieces are full length on ends, cut to fit between long lengths. Lower track level is 4" above frame, upper track will clear 3-1/4" above rails.
Thanks forlooking and remembering the original.

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Old 07-08-2012, 06:12 PM
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Red face 5'x10' Layout Pics

Added several construction pics to gallery under Armchair. Haven't quite figured out how to get them into a post.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:26 PM
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:26 AM
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The Master, Bill Baron

Railmix,

Bill Baron. I collected issues of MRC and MRR that had his track plans and inspiring renditions for many years, until they were sadly lost to the elements. My 11 year old daughter saw one of his drawings, Buckley & Onarca in the Trackplan Ideas journal and she still wants to build one like it with me! She's got the makings of an engineer, unlike her dad. In any case, would you happen to have a track plan for the Pigeon Creek…? From this thread it sounds interesting. Because of our limited space any modeling we do will likely have to be in N scale, or HOn2-½. Thanks in advance to all you guys. This is a great forum!

All the best,

David

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