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    I haven't left my house in a week and the fleet size thread got me thinking about various things. There are some impressive collections here. There are also some great layouts here. A few of my friends with layouts (as well as myself), have been modifying our fleets because we know what we have vs what we need to run.

    I'm curious as to your engine and rolling stock count compared to your layout size. I'm not looking to debate ops vs. collecting, I'm just wondering where the numbers are at.

    For example, my numbers:
    18 locomotives (7 Locos on the layout)
    120 pieces of rolling stock (76 freight cars on the layout)

    My layout is 64 feet long and 18 inches wide: 96 square feet
    I have 7 industries on the layout

    So my main ratios:
    Equipment on the layout (83/138): 60%
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (83/96): .86
    Cars per industry (76/7): Appx. 11

    My smallest industries have 1 car each. My largest industry has 46 cars.

    Where are you guys at?
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    Never thought about a layout in those terms but it is interesting. My layout will cover about 185' of track work with only 4 trains (at most) on the layout at any given time.
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    T-Trak Module, 24" x 13". Double Mainline with one siding.

    I have approximately
    Locos - 11 Diesel DCC, 1 Steam DCC, 1 Trolley DCC, 4 Diesel DC, 1 Steam DC, 2 Trolley DC.
    Rolling Stock - Probably close to 100, but I have not done an actual count.
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    The Slate Fork is 20 square feet. All my 18-20 hoppers are on the Slate Fork, either in staging or spotted in blocks under tipples. At any given time either a pair of Geep 38s or a solo SD-9, depending on my mood.

    So just a scosh either side of 1.00 rolling stock per square foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    The Slate Fork is 20 square feet.

    So just a scosh either side of 1.00 rolling stock per square foot.
    These numbers are pretty close to the new layout I'm designing. I'm thinking of dropping to 36 square feet. 2 locos, and 30 freight cars. That would be pretty close to your 1:1 ratio.
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    Moose will have to do some hard maths to come up with the Fun Ratios that Karl has posted ... But it may be like a cows opinion: it's mooo ... Moooooose says that because layout is say - rough guess here - 90 sq ft and ummm one locomotive tender. Yea, tender, no locomotive, just the tender ... So that's roughly one locomotive per 180 sq ft...

    Moose really gotta get the layout track cleaned and run some trains...
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    I have about 33 sq ft of area, with about 35 ft of main line.

    If I count correctly, I currently have 27 "normal" freight cars, 3 track cleaning cars, 2 cabooses, and 8 heavyweight passenger cars. All are on the layout.

    To pull trains, I have 5 DCC/sound equipped steam locos: a challenger, a FEF-3, a consolidation, and two ten-wheelers. All are on the layout.

    So, a little more than 1:1... but not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    So my main ratios:
    Equipment on the layout (83/138): 60%
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (83/96): .86
    Cars per industry (76/7): Appx. 11
    OK, I'll bite. LOL.

    So my main ratios:
    Equipment on the layout (35/780): 4%
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (780/15): 52
    Cars per industry (740/7): Appx. 105
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
    OK, I'll bite. LOL.

    So my main ratios:
    Equipment on the layout (35/780): 4%
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (780/15): 52
    Cars per industry (740/7): Appx. 105
    Going with what is on the layout your math would be a little different:
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (35/15): 2.3
    Cars per industry (35/7): 5

    And that is a nice balance. I think you might want to do a small layout expansion to make room for some more of those cars!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    I think you might want to do a small layout expansion
    Indeed, I do want to! No room ATM.
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