Time for a layout -
finally some real space.
Initial plans were for a simple 8ft x whatever yard, based
on Gracefield to display my models.
The idea was to go for a goods yard scene, Gracefield, late
1960s, with the goods transfer shed as its focal point.
But now, I have use of the four walls of a double garage.
Always wanted a long loop to run proper long trains, and reproduce
in some freestyle way, Gracefield yard and Woburn station as
they were in 1969.
Woburn was an interchange for Gracefield yard (and still is
for Hutt workshops) to the Main Wairarapa Line. And Gracefield
yard was the gateway to a myriad of sidings all over Seaview.
It's kind of boring and flat unfortunately, but the grand
plan is for an upper level single or double main running loop
that runs all the way around the garage walls including across
the front main doors.
The right wall section will run through a slightly shortened
representation of Woburn station. Maybe scenic the rear wall
section with a typical country station with goods shed and stock
yard. Still mucking around with that track plan. It suits a single
rather than twin track look ?
And just like Woburn, my plan is for a junction to Gracefield
yard, seen on the plan running from the corner of the right and
front walls, using a gentle gradient to run along the the front
and left walls to connect to a lower level at the rear (for Gracefield
Yard) and right walls (for storage sidings).
The big loops will not only be used to run my NZOO stuff,
but also my Triang Transcontinental freight and pax collection,
and some HO CN stuff that are souvenirs from my trips to Canada.
Looking forward to seeing an Alberta grain train running through
This is a pencil plan for the upper level, done in AnyRail. AnyRail
is pretty neat I reckon. I only use the free version with limited
elements, and so just use lines to represent long runs of track.
Upper level running loops
(click to enlarge)
Lower level Gracefield,
and storage sidings to the right, aka Seaview (click to enlarge)
First up, building the
big goods transfer shed.
More to come. . .