Got quite a bit done since the last update. Installed and painted the backdrop and installed cork roadbed on over half of the mainline. I’m doing something a little different for the mainline roadbed. I want the mainline to be noticeable higher than the non-mainline track and simply higher overall to really establish it as class 1 mainline track. I’ve always noticed that prototype class 1 mainline track, ie UP double track line through Northern Illinois, looks more substantial than it appear on the Rochelle Sub or other N Scale layouts. With this in mind, I decided that the mainline track on the Geneva Sub would have an extra layer of cork. Two layers of regular N scale cork roadbed seemed to be too high (.25 inch or 40 scale inches) So I am using a layer of 1/16″ cork under the regular 1/8 inch N scale cork roadbed for a total of 3/16 or 30 scale inches. Also, this will make the mainline 1/16″ or 10 scale inches higher than non-mainline track. I purchased the 1/16″ cork in 10″X36″ sheets from a local Science Supply Store and cut it into strips with a paper cutter. In the video, you can see a section where the 1/16″ cork is down, but the top layer has not yet been laid. I’ve been really happy with the way things are turning out so far. With a minimum mainline radius of 36″, the curves look really good. I have also decided to have all #10 turnouts on the mainline and #8 turnouts in the yard, sidings, etc. I think having these minimums is really going to make the trackwork and the entire layout looking much more prototypical. Here’s the video. I plan on taking pictures tonight. Daryl
The track plan is being laid out on the plywood sub-roadbed. I have been using turnout templates from www.handlaidtrack.com. The templates are extremely useful. The yard is laid out with #8 turnouts. There are 10 storage tracks with the longest 8.5 feet long and the shortest 3.75 feet long. The two longest tracks will be used for incoming and outgoing trains. The other 8 tracks will be used for classifying/sorting trains. The two outermost tracks will used used as run around tracks. The double track mainline can be seen to the left of the yard. This weekend I plan to saw the sub-roadbed out of the plywood and permanently attach it to the benchwork.
Basic benchwork for the new layout in the basement family room is underway. Below are pictures of the progress. A picture of the hand drawn trackplan is also included. Good luck figuring out what each pictues is on the trackplan.