Lyon Valley Northern

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Trackplan

Here is an update to the layout track plan.  Joel Racine was kind enough to build this using railcad and then photoshop.  Joel is a fellow operator of the FNG eastenders.


Blogger jgotts said...

Chris, is your track plan based upon a real area or something that you came up with? It's very nicely done. I'm going to be doing a yard soon and when I've done them in the past they've never turned out as nice as yours do.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

The ideas for the yards are based on prototype practices but I made it up based on the space available. No computer. just paper and pencil and memories of fun model railroads I had operated before. I recommend you visit as many as you can, personally so you can operate and see the potential. Also print out the online trackplans and imagine operating them by thinking about arrivals, drop offs and pickups. Leave space for structures and scenery. Also make sure there is access by the operator to couple and uncouple. Duplicate what works well. DOn't try and reinvent the wheel.

I taped out the floor to show where the isles and layout would be. Then I went from there. The large classification yard is double ended. Consists of a yard lead, arrival departure track and three classification tracks. The mains run through the middle with an outside passing siding and run around track. I curved the yard to lengthen it and also it allowed me to maximize space in the middle of the benchwork. Then I could access sidings that would come off from both sides. (i.e., the grain terminal area and the intermodal facility). I always wanted three things in my switching. Facing and trailing sidings and a runaround capability. Shelby is double ended and built around the same concept. I could not put in a yard lead as there was not room. So one of the mains will be occupied during an ops session. The Richmond yard is based on a published timesaver, I believe it was

I doubled the size to accommodate the modern rolling stock, though I kept the runaround the same size. I also added a second track at Husky Oil.

A good place to start:

8:12 AM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

After thoughts. When I layed track I looked at the curves for the corners first. This allowed me to see where the yard throats could start. I built the throats first and filled in the mains. Then the sidings and classification areas on each side of the mains. Then finally the industriall sidings. I changed ideas as I went so in some sense I let my imagination run wild as I worked from the mains out. Before laying track, I took a two inch brush and painted the right away black. This allowed me to visualize the sitelines and operation potential, reachability etc before laying track.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Hogan said...

Hi Chris,
At long last I found a rail design that pulled at my heart strings. A main line to let kids (me)experience trains on the move and also switching which I am not too experienced with. Also the size almost fits my room. I used your Jepeg track plan and modified it from there. I developed a track plan on any-rail program which works beautifully.I hope you will allow me to create a similar layout with yours as a guide with modification.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Please do. I am glad to share this so folks can use it for their own enjoyment

10:41 AM  

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