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Step two: Layout Design

 Decisions: These are the "Givens & Druthers". 

Do you want to freelance the railroad or copy a prototype?  What kinds of equipment (locomotives and cars) do you want to run?  You may want to add your own rules like what you want the height of the layout to be, how wide the aisles should be if you have aisles, and you may want to make sure that all areas of the railroad have easy access, so you're not having to break your back bending over or stand on a ladder or scaffolding to reach the farther sections of your track and scenery.  If you are creating this railroad by yourself,  you may want to start with a small layout and add to it later gradually. 

I will probably be freelancing it cause that's what I do.

What kind of cars? I like steam engines so that is what I want for my personal railroad. But what category? I like the idea of a passenger train with a sleeping car, a dining car and a baggage car.

Like the steam idea, this gives me a choice with the backdrop. I can have several unique villages or different terrains. I will probably go with the Canadian National or Canadian Pacific Railroad type.



They are similar as you can see.

Layout Design
It seems as if you use Steam engines they are expected to carry freight but I want it to carry passengers from town to town and through scenic areas, across rivers & streams and stopping at a few different towns to allow shopping. Kinda like a GO train. I would like the 1920's time period and I think an Autumn feel throughout.

The staging area has not been decided yet as I still haven't figured out the track layout.

Track Layout Design is proving to be a lot more complicated than I expected. There are so many other decisions to be made first. Like do I want it point to point or loop to loop. There is a 2' x 4' size that seems the most feasible given the Lack table base.

I like the loop to loop or continuous running version. Shape wise I am thinking a simple oval or a figure eight for my first try.

I am using the web site called Building Your Model Railroad as my reference so you can read along as I go through the process if you want.


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