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    Default Planning an extension to Playa Desnuda branch

    My main complaint about operating the Playa Desnuda branch is that there is no way to have the train roll in, switch the industries, then leave town. I am looking at at adding the fictitious Washington Blvd. Yard.


    Linda Sand drew up this yard for the 1999 Model Railroad Planning magazine and it will be the basis of my yard





    I am still open for recommendations...14"x48"
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    The ladder in that drawing takes up more than half the length of the yard which seems excessive. Maybe a compound ladder would save length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwwojcik View Post
    The ladder in that drawing takes up more than half the length of the yard which seems excessive. Maybe a compound ladder would save length?
    That's an idea
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    Hope this helps. A compound ladder is an excellent suggestion.

    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...Comparison.jpg

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    I went through the switch inventory...

    4 L #6, 2 R #6, 2 L#4

    I also have 4 R #4's that need a little bit of help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Hope this helps. A compound ladder is an excellent suggestion.

    http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...Comparison.jpg
    I know and been thinking about it...
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    IF…I rotate the layout 180, with minimal changes, I can add a staging track and make a functional junction. Washington Blvd would need to be relocated, and Playa Desnuda Shell would be the closest industry to the yard, and the freight station would be the furthest away.

    Above is the basic track plan, the spur on the right is actually a straight line out of a #6 switch, and that is the Shell depot, and that is at the back of the layout.

    By adding the staging track, the Southern Pacific can pull a train into the yard, and pull another out, enhancing operations and allowing the layout to grow at the same time…..the extension would possibly be a mirror image of the plan above.
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    So…I have rotated the layout 180, this will allow me to add a staging track and build a functional junction, making an interchange yard….

    this is placing Playa Desnuda Shell on the front of the layout, and on the other side!

    I also built the benchwork for the extension, and with COVID19 having us on lockdown, it was built out of recycled MDF and a mini pallet.
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    while building my supporting shelf, I was on my last screw abd I heard a loud pop. It split my last 1x3...
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    Pre-drilling holes for screws can be a good idea.
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Pre-drilling holes for screws can be a good idea.
    It was...and it still died
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    Ouch! Sorry to hear that.
    Cheers!
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