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Model Railroad Planning

2020

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.
value is where you find it

Celebrating 25 Years I’ve commented before that my number-one criterion for a magazine is that it must be a good read, not merely a set of helpful instructions. Let me therefore suggest that you take time to read Brian Moore’s report on how he came to model a portion of the sprawling Southern Pacific in the transition era some 5,000 miles away in his home in England (“The Espee in the U.K.,” page 34). Whether or not you have any interest in the Espee or California of the 1950s, I think you’ll find his comments a very good read. I allocate the number of pages to each feature based on a number of factors, one being diversity of content. If the theme is narrowly focused, I assume it will be of interest…

14 min.
enhancing diesel shop operations

The objective of my N scale Columbia & Western (C&W) is to model the Canadian Pacific’s (CP) “Kootenay Divisions” circa 1970. Initially hampered by incomplete information and having almost no operating experience, but with enthusiasm to get started, I did my best to replicate the prototype track arrangements within the space available. I also endeavored to reproduce the trains and spectacular scenic features of the prototype (see Model Railroad Planning 2012 and Great Model Railroads 2016). As I gained both experience operating the C&W and knowledge of the prototype’s operations, I revised the C&W’s track plan and operating scheme to more closely follow the prototype. Nowhere is this more evident than around the Nelson Yard Diesel Shop. A recognizable prototype Nelson Yard is a highly modelable division point situated where the CP’s Nelson…

2 min.
simulating locomotive servicing

Conversations with Mike Barone about how the Nelson shops serviced motive power increased my appetite for simulating these operations during the Columbia & Western’s op sessions. After experimenting with ways to track the dwell time of locomotives as they move through servicing, we currently use two tools: a job aid populated with information about the next assignments for inbound power, and small “timer tags” to visually mark the end time of a service process. The job aid includes a track schematic of the shops area pointing out the location for servicing activities and the sequential servicing steps, with the minimum dwell times the hostler should replicate for each. This includes a table for each session that specifies the next assignment and required ready time for all power inbound to Nelson. The…

2 min.
main shop or running shop?

On Canadian railways, responsibility for motive power servicing and maintenance was split between main shops (also known as back shops) and the more common running shops, both of which reported to the head of mechanical engineering in the railways’ headquarters. The shops were equipped and staffed for their different roles. A main shop was responsible for stripping down, inspecting, and rebuilding locomotives. A rebuild might be planned every 10 years for freight or switch locomotives and perhaps every five years for a passenger locomotive. The unit would also be repainted at that time. More frequent inspection and refurbishment of the diesel engine power assemblies (cylinder liners, valve assemblies, and pistons) would also be scheduled and performed by the main shop. As this work was a planned event, the locomotives’ movements could also…

23 min.
commuter attraction

The rails ended in the middle of Grant Avenue – no bumper, no patches in the pavement to indicate they’d once gone farther. Even at seven years old, I realized that there had to be more to the story than that. It was the summer of 1971, and I was standing in the street-side entry of a massive enclosed-shed lumberyard with my dad in Crystal Lake, Ill. A single spur track ran straight through the cavernous block-long building. Inside, men unloaded boxcars board-by-board, stacking the planks into neat piles in racks that stretched to the roof. Sunbeams filtering down in dusty streaks from skylights along the peak highlighted the action in amber pools of light. I was impressed, yet I still couldn’t help wondering about those rails – why would they…

1 min.
trains aplenty!

If you’re planning on modeling a passenger railroad, you should pick up a few public and employee timetables. These offer details and insights into how a railroad runs its passenger trains. For example, I discovered that trains 502 and 506, listed in the suburban service timetable as non-stop runs from Crystal Lake to Chicago, were actually through passenger trains coming east from Madison with dining car service. I obtained the three shown here for working on the 1950s plan on page 25, and then found a similar set for the 1960s plan on page 27. Internet auction websites like eBay are great places to start looking for vintage timetables. Train shows, swap meets, and railroad historical societies are another useful source.…