A convertibale logging layout
The layout concept
Each new model train layout planing should start with the concept first…
Classic layout designs are loops for continuous running of trains or point-to-point layouts for more prototypical operation. Some designs are more complex and feature some branch lines or switch back stations. But there’s one thing that all of them have common – they may become boring after some while. Operating a point-to-point layouts needs operation to see trains run. You can’t lean back and just watch them as you can do on a circular based layout. But an oval track doesn’t feature much switching operation and will also become boring one day. For me it was sure that my Hon30 layouts needs some kind of everything by most flexibility to cover most pros, but less contras.
Based on small wooden boxes (original designed as wooden canvas for paintings), I designed my new layout concept with a modular design wich gives me up to 6 different layout plans, together with 3 micro layouts.
There’re only 7 Segments needed for the following layouts and operation possibilities. By adding another segment, the possibilities will grow even more.
This classic oval style layout is just perfect to watch trains running along the line. A small station gives possibilities to pass by other trains and a little switching. The lower right corner allows to add an additional branch line. The backdrop in the middle let the line look longer.
Another classic design is this point-to-point shelf layout. By using the smaller fiddle yard, it’s only 20cm deep and may fit to nearly any wall at home. This time cames in different sizes.
Two sizes of corner style layouts are possible to. This makes the main line look longer between the ending points and this design may be perfect for exhibitions.
The switch back:
Perhaps the most operation possibilities are featured by the two switch back designs. The terminus station turns into a classic switch back station where the loco may take coal, run around the train and head for the next station up or down the line. Both lines will end in a fiddle yard.
The operation concept
The way how to operate the layout is mostly based on the layout style itself. Usual the layout is set up for point-to-point operation, except for the continuous loop. The switching work depends of the layout style and it’s size.
Additional, this layout can also be moved to another region very easy. Running a Shay and Climax will transfer the whole scene to the U.S. for example.