Smaller switching layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by GMRCNut868, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. GMRCNut868

    GMRCNut868 New Member

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    I have a currently unused desk in my bedroom with a tabletop that measures 54"x23". I was thinking that I could build a small switching layout to make a better use of the desk. I dont have all the time in the world, nor do i have a lot of money at my disposal so i do not want a massive track plan. Any ideas?
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    GMRCNut868 New Member

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    Sorry, I forgot to mention that I would like to use HO scale because I have enough roling stock and locomotives to run a layout already.
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    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    The classic "timesaver" designed originally by John Allen will fit nicely on your desk. The original was something like 24" x48" I think. If you make it a little longer to fill the 54' desk, and stick to short locos like sw's or a G E 44 tonner, or a 0-4-0 saddle tank docksider, you could operate with a few more cars than the original time saver puzzle was designed for.
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    GMRCNut868 New Member

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    Thanks for all the help everyone! I've looked through both sites, and considered the timesaver, and i think i have pretty much decided on the trakc plan below. I have always liked/been intruiged by logging short lines and thought that this mini layout would be a good way to get some experience modeling a logging line. i would however, still like to get some input from the loggers out there to see if anyone has any suggestions/tips/ideas. Heres the track plan:
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  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Matsons Landing looks like a great layout in the making. Keep us informed.
    Shamus
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  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Much better use for that desk than paperwork!

    I have an old old article on a very similar layout. It's 3 pages and I could e-mail it if you'd like it. Just send me a message to my e-mail below and I'll send it on it's way ;) Look forward to watching it unfold!
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    GMRCNut868 New Member

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    Thanks for the input everyone!