Model Railroad Planning 2012

Build Your Best Model Railroad layout with proven track plans, design ideas and expert advice. Model Railroad Planning 2019 is back with more small and mid-size layouts along with doable how-to projects. Featured stories include: • A compact HO layout depicting the Delaware & Hudson in the Alco Century era greets guests at a New York state B&B. • An HO tribute to the Akron, Canton & Youngstown, which provided a bridge route from the East to Midwest. • A superbly crafted multi-deck layout in O scale of the Louisville & Nashville during the steam era. • An L-shape N and HO switching railroad showcases the Southern Pacific in Oregon. • And much more!

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5 min
aiming at two targets

Kevin Geiger’s article about the thinking behind the Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club’s dual- purpose HO layout – he’s quick to point out that the article, like the layout, was a joint project of the club as a whole – is one of the most instructive sectional club layouts I’ve ever seen. It caught my eye during the National Train Show at the National Model Railroad Association’s 75th anniversary convention in 2010 in Milwaukee, and I was delighted when club members agreed to share their planning deliberations with MRP readers. A few months later, Lou Sassi was headed for Cincinnati for another photo shoot, so we had him stop by to photograph the layout. Lou’s photo of downtown Paulding, Ohio – a familiar-looking Midwestern town – shows one of the layout’s…

15 min
cajon pass san bernardino to summit in 1947

Model photos by the author I was really going to Tehachapi, but my timing was off. I’d driven through the night from Fort Ord, Calif., after reading a magazine article about Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and Southern Pacific operations on the SP’s line over Tehachapi Pass. Trouble was, it was still dark when I got there. I looked at a map and decided to go on to Summit, at the top of the Santa Fe’s line over Cajon Pass. I’d get there about dawn, I figured, spend an hour or so, then double back to Tehachapi. Cajon fascinated me, however. It was May 1971, and the old track layout from the 1940s and before was still in place. The drama of Santa Fe and Union Pacific trains conquering the grade with…

1 min
cajon pass san bernardino to summit in 1947: the layout at a glance

Name: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Scale: HO (1:87.1) Size: 38’-6" x 44’-6" Prototype: First District of the Los Angeles Division Locale: Cajon Pass in Southern California Era: 1947 Style: linear walkaround, partially multideck Mainline run: 280 feet (Third District staging to Barstow staging) Minimum radius: 32" Minimum turnout: no. 6 1/2 Maximum grade: 3 percent westward, 2 percent eastward Train length: 22 cars with 3-unit diesel and 2-10-2 pusher Benchwork: L-girder Height: 38" to 66" Roadbed: HomaBed on ¾" plywood Track: handlaid codes 83, 70, and 55 Scenery: plaster-impregnated gauze over web of cardboard strips (to come) Backdrop: sheet styrene Control: NCE Corp. Digital Command Control…

2 min
why it’s 1947

As Cajon Pass picked me to model it, so 1947 thrust itself upon me as a modeling period. After settling on the First District as a prototype, one of my first research goals was to acquire Los Angeles Division employee timetables from the late 1940s. I knew I wanted to model the steam-to-diesel times of the Santa Fe, and on the LA Division those were all but over by the early 1950s. Within a year I had a photocopy of Time Table 131, effective August 31, 1947. After gleaning as much information as I could from 131 and many other sources, I decided that 1947 was an excellent choice. Take the passenger trains. Warbonnet diesels were already well established on the stainless steel streamliners by 1947, but there was still plenty of…

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cajon pass san bernardino to summit in 1947: learning points

• Taking a field trip may inspire you to rethink your primary modeling objectives. • Modeling a popular location like Cajon Pass may still allow a unique interpretation based on personal objectives and preferences. • Modeling a mountain pass adds operating interest and slows down operations, hence adding to the length of a run. • Starting construction with a key geographical area like Summit provides a good sanity check on the entire project. • What some may see as “chores” – like handlaying track – may turn out to be a very enjoyable part of layout construction.…

9 min
versatile room-size layout

I’ve always held that designing a smaller layout is more demanding than planning a big one, as every inch counts. This is particularly true where the layout has to cover all the bases of prototype operation from long-distance and local passenger trains, through freights as well as peddlers serving local industries, general merchandise less-than-carload- lot (LCL) traffic, mail and express, and special ladings like milk or livestock. And don’t overlook the servicing of the locomotives hauling all this traffic. Each of these functions demands the provision of suitable facilities on the railroad, which is difficult to arrange on a small site without unrealistic crowding. Full-size railroads, as opposed to models, are rarely short of real estate, and many facilities sprawl over large areas. And it seems that the more recent the…