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    Default HELP!!!!!!! Got this far.

    So what do you think so far? It's a small room but it will work. Now just figure out the rest of the layout.
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    Looks ok, the main thing is to not exceed your reach. While much is said and written about radius standards, yard design, etc. setting a maximum distance from layout edge is just as important.
    Also good use of the space for the helix but is the opening workable if you stand in it?
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    No, I was thinking more for reach.

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    It's about time you get yourself a layout started.

    I like it for the space you have to work with. The access in the middle of the helix won't be used except in a emergency, so that is doable. Everything else look OK.
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    I think the access hole in the helix is practical, depending on a person's build and the ultimate rise of the helix. With a short stool a person can sit in the middle, with head and hands comfortably seeing and reaching the track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    With a short stool a person can sit in the middle,
    Swivel stool needed
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    Can you tell us about your givens and druthers? I'm guessing it will be scenery oriented. And where does the helix go?

    Only suggestion is if the duckunder is movable then reduce it to a single track.

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    Got one from Harbor Freight just for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    Can you tell us about your givens and druthers? I'm guessing it will be scenery oriented. And where does the helix go?

    Only suggestion is if the duckunder is movable then reduce it to a single track.
    I want a swing gate to get in and out of the lay out.
    two small towns, intermodal yard, grain towers, and a yard to work out of.
    this is the first real layout of my own. I have all ways helped others on theirs,
    mine have been 3x4,4x8, and test tracks.

    I can build any turn out that would be needed. So nothing is out.
    The helix is for a second level , that is in the future.
    I was thinking two or three turns and then a run along the wall,
    maybe part way up a mountain or something like that. what do you think?

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    Mr. Numb....

    Seeing your track plan and the size of your room and seeing your wish list, it looks a little tight, not saying that it can't be done though.

    My first few questions:
    Are you planning to Freelance your layout?
    Are you planning to follow a specific prototype?
    or are you planning to Proto Freelance?

    Your era is modern.

    What if any decided, is or will be the location of the layout.

    Also will it have a purpose (Rail Fan or Operations)?

    Just some questions to help drill down on.
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    I have to agree with several others here. What are the requirements? A swing gate isn't a requirement, it's a method. That aisle plan is a method. I know that this is where most people start, even experienced layout builders, but there's a lot to consider before you get to this point.

    If you're just starting, you probably aren't sure what these questions mean. In that case, I'd start with a hollow core door (HCD) rather than filling the room. There's lots of HCD layout plans available. Pick one and build it. Play with it. Figure out what you enjoy. Change it. You'll start to learn what questions to ask. If it gets boring, scrape it off and find a very different plan.

    I'm working on a layout that's going to fill an 800 sq. foot room in a basement, but I've been in N-scale for 40 years. I'm modeling a specific prototype at a particular time and know exactly what I want from my layout. My first layout was 4'3" x 3'6", basically an oval, one run-around track, and some industry spurs. It was made to fit into the back of my '79 Chevette with the seat down. It was a great little layout. Had scenery, buildings, an interchange track, a bridge over a creek. I operated it using car cards and waybills and I had a home made SCR push-button throttle with plugs on both sides of the layout. I really enjoyed it.

    I've also spent a lot of time operating on other people's layouts, and found out that's what I really enjoy. You might prefer something else. some people like watching trains running. Some people really enjoy building layouts. You won't know until you get started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Mr. Numb....

    Seeing your track plan and the size of your room and seeing your wish list, it looks a little tight, not saying that it can't be done though.

    My first few questions:
    Are you planning to Freelance your layout?
    Are you planning to follow a specific prototype?
    or are you planning to Proto Freelance?

    Your era is modern.

    What if any decided, is or will be the location of the layout.

    Also will it have a purpose (Rail Fan or Operations)?

    Just some questions to help drill down on.
    Freelance, today, some high country but not snow country.
    Both rail fan and operations, but I will probably be the only one to see it live.

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    well this is #13 on layouts but the first around the room. My first N scale was a postage stamp set in the summer of 1969. I have a train shop here in Idaho that we have z scale to g scale. I just have not had time for myself and I just want a little of it all. so I guess what I'm...SQUIRRRRREL!!!

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    This is what I got for DCC.20190708_180952.jpg and this is the new locos20190708_181248.jpg all DCC and three sound and three others with light fex.

    20190624_161314.jpg OPPPPPPS, now you know what happen to all my Time.

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    OK
    A couple of simple suggestions.
    I can see a "One Town" layout here.

    I would put a town with several industries along the right wall past the gate.
    On the left wall just past the helix I'd make a small simple two track (?) intermodal yard.
    Behind the intermodal yard you could have a 2-4 track open staging yard where you could keep at least two trains that work the industries on the right wall.
    Being open next to the intermodal yard would give the appearance of a larger yard. You could also keep a local there that would run to the upper level (should it get built) and have it be a branch line with more switching available.
    Around the middle peninsula you could have that as double track for a passing siding as well as having another one between the helix and the town on the right.
    I'd think about having the center peninsula as a signature scene of your mountain?

    If the helix does get built, the second level could be a yard or even a staging yard that all trains run out of.

    Just throwing something against the wall.
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    Pencils went a flying again.Scan_20190708 (2).jpg Now I just need to get footprints of buildings.

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    There you go!
    I'm liking the town on the right side.
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    I added a few lines to your last image.

    In the upper left corner in red, I'd extend that siding so that it's useful to hold your longest train.

    In the town on right, I added a couple of black lines to make your yard more functional.
    Along the backdrop I added a drill track for the yard, use this to switch the yard without fouling the mainline.
    Your original line that parallels the yard lead, make that your A/D track so you can build or tear down your trains off the mainline.
    Then to left of those lines that would then become your mainline and also have the loop track come off that line.


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    I'm really liking the way this plan is coming together . Allen made some very good changes to it , i would seriously consider these .
    You have a fun layout there , lots to do , good separation of the areas to imply distance . I like it .

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    Is your yard at the lower right drawn to scale? It seems ambitious
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