View Full Version : A little beyond the planning stage
12-10-2003, 10:43 PM
Hi all, was talking to some folks on the chat about being new to the hobby. Here's my first kick at the can for disection (I learn best by diving right in). Beyond the quasi yard to the right and Glacier Gravel surounded by a grade down beside that, i have to figure out another industry or 2. WHile I'm at it, best figure out an era too, none of my engines overlap time-wise, a gp35, an f7 and a 2-8-0 :) Any comments/recomendations are welcome!!!
12-11-2003, 09:04 AM
The f unit and steam both live in harmony, more or less, in the ever popular "transition era".
How about loggin'?
12-11-2003, 08:43 PM
Read somewhere that the MDC 2-8-0 that I have is from the late 1800's, when did f7's come around? I might do logging fo rthe second layout...right now it's easier to make rocks than trees :)
12-11-2003, 09:27 PM
That F unit was seen in the 1940s-1970s and beyond in some cases, I believe. The Geep will work with it as newer equipment on your line. How about running the steamer as a fan trip loco?
Doesn't really matter. Just have fun! Welcome! Your layout looks like its coming along just fine. I like the idea of cassette staging too. Your post is prompting me to think of a way of adding some to my layout.
12-11-2003, 09:53 PM
I'm more impressed with how you took a picture from above the layout! I didn't know that they made an N scale goodyear blimp. Layout looks good. Keep us posted.
12-11-2003, 10:18 PM
Thanks Ralph, was thinking about the fan trip idea as well. Got the staging idea from the April '03 MR. Got about 20' of aluminum angle for under ten bucks, enough to make 8 cassettes, 4 @ 2' and 4 @ 6". The 2 footers will hold about 6 cars and then you tack on the engine on the 6 incher. Conect it all together with some brass channel for power and your off!
12-11-2003, 10:18 PM
The short cassettes
12-11-2003, 10:19 PM
12-11-2003, 10:20 PM
The layout cassette gap...
12-11-2003, 10:21 PM
And finally, what keeps it all level
12-12-2003, 12:25 AM
I too have a mixture of motive power (a 2-8-0 included) and while mine is a USRA model consolidated yours looks a little older. From my research I have found photos of the USRA 2-8-0 in service until about 1956. However, I am no expert on the prototypes, so I can't say with 100% certainty.
If you are not too specific with your details (i.e. automobiles, etc.) you can span a pretty broad era.
Where I live in Utah there is a Baldwin 2-8-0 passenger train in service today.
12-12-2003, 03:23 AM
One thing to consider is to use interchangeable buildings and details to shift the time frame of the layout. That way you could model a steam operation in the early 1900's or 1950's to 1960's diesel.
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