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harrys_trains

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  2:57:38 PM  Show Profile
Hey guys
just got myself a nice hcd 36"x80" now i just need a nice track plan. my personal preferences are to watch the nice train pulled by steam. a few sidings to give it a nice reason to be. but mainly i want to watch the beautiful steam engine pull. any suggestions?
thanks
Harry
Harry A Richardson

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Dave Vollmer

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  3:05:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dave Vollmer's Homepage
Check out my webpage; I have a trackplan based on a Model Railroader project layout for a 36" x 80" door.

http://www.thevollmerfamily.com/Pennsy/index.html

It's double track with lots of running.



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davefoxx

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  3:47:29 PM  Show Profile
Harry,

Dave Vollmer's layout is beautiful and certainly an inspiration for hollow-core door layouts. Also, check out the following thread on layouts by fellow forumers which are based on Model Railroader's Carolina Central layout.

http://forum.atlasrr.com/discussion/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43495

Dave Foxx



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Michigan Central

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  5:30:39 PM  Show Profile
Kere is a link to a site called Mike's track plans - he has several interesting door sized layout ideas

http://www.naisp.net/mfischer/m_train2.htm


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Doug Gosha

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  5:50:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Doug Gosha's Homepage
Dave Vollmer's layout is beautiful. A lot of you guys sure have weird looking power packs though.

Doug


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harrys_trains

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  6:40:55 PM  Show Profile
Dave to be honest i love how you have done your layout and i also love the steam engines you have created. i am leaning toward your track plan just looking for maybe something with a new twist?


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midwestrailroader

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  8:44:16 PM  Show Profile
Ok .. here is some outside of the box thinking .. cut the door in half, and make it a shelf layout

Salt

Edited by - midwestrailroader on 2008 August 31 8:44:44 PM

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Dave Vollmer

Posted - 2008 August 31 :  10:19:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dave Vollmer's Homepage
Thanks for the kind words, everyone... I didn't do anything special, though. I owe much of whatever success I may have achieved to the techniques invented and mastered by others as well as to the great selection of products available today.

Oh, and this is my fifth layout...



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Edited by - Dave Vollmer on 2008 August 31 10:22:56 PM

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Roger Perkins

Posted - 2008 September 01 :  08:25:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Roger Perkins's Homepage
"Track Planning for Realistic Operation" contains some great ideas. I think the first printing was in 1963 according to my copy; I do not know if it is still available. My first layout was roughly the size you posted and my interest was steam and still is steam.
I actually started with one of the yards in the subject book on page 86 figure 9-6 as the center of my layout and then worked in a mainline around the yard. I had dreams of a larger layout at the time and those materialized a few years later as I added modules to this initial plan.
That central yard idea survives today some 33 years later.
I did a quick Google search and this seems to still be available in a more current printing.
It is an excellent resource.



Edited by - Roger Perkins on 2008 September 01 8:51:29 PM

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midwestrailroader

Posted - 2008 September 01 :  9:00:55 PM  Show Profile
skipandfun . where did your post go? The one where you told the guy to think outside of the box?

Salt

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DJCONWAY

Posted - 2008 September 02 :  3:42:57 PM  Show Profile
Harry

Also take a look at 4'x8' HO scale plans, with a little editing in RTS they can be adapted for N scale. Think 18" HO curves as 9.75" N


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harrys_trains

Posted - 2008 September 02 :  9:08:38 PM  Show Profile
i found this it is close to Daves layout but i like the double around ability and the crossing of another rail line am trying to figure out how best to possibly change this to a folded dogbone


Harry A Richardson

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wlal21

Posted - 2008 September 02 :  10:36:45 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by davefoxx

Harry,

Dave Vollmer's layout is beautiful and certainly an inspiration for hollow-core door layouts. Also, check out the following thread on layouts by fellow forumers which are based on Model Railroader's Carolina Central layout.

http://forum.atlasrr.com/discussion/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43495

Dave Foxx



I used a variation of the Carolina Central and am very happy with it.


It`s times like this I ask myself, "what would Jimmy Buffet do?"

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Brakie

Posted - 2008 September 03 :  12:06:57 AM  Show Profile
When designing a 36"x80" door layout one must use the space wisely by thinking out side of the box.
My all time favorite layout was on a 36"x80" door..I had a double track main line,a 6 track yard,a 4 track engine terminal and a industrial park that contain 6 industries.A city with tall buildings acted as a view block..There was no space eating mountains,lake ports and other such space eaters..I wanted a operating layout and not just another ho-humm "caboose chaser" with limited operation possibilities.
That layout gave me 8 1/2 years of operation pleasure.

That is what one can do IF he/she thinks out side of the layout design box.


Larry
Summerset Ry.

Edited by - Brakie on 2008 September 03 12:08:38 AM

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jacobmarley

Posted - 2008 September 03 :  08:46:00 AM  Show Profile
Harry, one important question is will you have visible and physical access around the entire layout? A 36x80 can present some problems if you can't walk around it. The reason I decided on the Carolina Central was that my space dictated I have access only from the front. Most of the action is visible from the one angle. I love the idea of the double-sided layout, but sometimes that's just not realistic in a limited space.

Al

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harrys_trains

Posted - 2008 September 04 :  9:17:39 PM  Show Profile
yes i will have access to three sides of this layout. i like this plane because of the added length of mainline run available. and the crossing line is a nice touch give the feel of interchange with another rail road maybe i can pretend it is dave's road? wonders if any of his steam would come visit then ? doubt it but can always hope.


Harry A Richardson

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