My outbuilding in Laurinburg was a bit less that 150 square feet. The new trainroom is about 800 square feet. This will mean that I'll only have two levels instead of four or five. It also means that I can model more territory. Here is what I plan on modeling now.
Into the life of every layout there comes a time to move, or be chopped up. This time has come to my Southern S-Line, which wasn't even very far along yet.
Here are the pieces of the layout I had in the train shed, carefully removed by the truck driver and ready to load. Fortunately, I have a new job, a new house, and a new knee (well not new, just repaired). I did learn a lot building this part of the layout. I doubt any of these pieces will be used again, but the Southern's S-Line is not dead. It is coming back better than it would have been before.
At the end of the last post, I left you with this picture.
Now it's time for some Whats, Whys and Hows. For those of you whose eyes glaze over when people start talking about wiring, electronics, and programming, you may skip this section and get your friend like me to come and do this.
The west staging yard, which I'm calling Oyama, since it is in the place where Oyama Yard is on the S-Line, is now finished and installed in the train house. I've got a video on YouTube showing this yard and how it operates.
See my Givens and Druthers (Part I and Part II) for the space I have available and my goals with this layout design. I found out that there isn't room in a 9-1/2 foot wide space to have a peninsula with a blob on the end with an 18" radius. That leaves an around the room design. I've operated on other layouts that had duck-unders and movable bridges, and I'm not getting any younger, so I don't want any tracks across the door.
That leaves an around the room design going back and forth. To represent almost 50 miles of railroad I need to use multiple levels. I saw a clinic at the Hub City MER/NMRA convention about using narrow shelves for a layout and how this can avoid many of the problems associated with multi-deck layouts. This will require modification at two stations, Barber and Statesville, because the wyes at those locations are important to operations.
It looks like this will have four or five visible levels. The top level, which is above head height,is the west staging yard, representing Oyama Yard in Hickory, NC. I'm calling this Level 0.