New Haven Layout

HO New Haven Layout

Storage yard grades

I’ve been pottering on the grades between the storage yards and the lower level but work does get in the way. I am now waiting for turnouts so I can finish the sides as I need to put them in place before mounting those boards back in. I might also take the opportunity to re-lay …

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Turnout panels

This weekend seems to have been just spending money. Buying wood for the still to be joined up storage sections and buying turnouts to lay as I’ve realised that you need to lay them before installing the board or it would be nigh on impossible in a 5″ gap. I’ve hit a weekend of other …

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Lower level to storage yard

I have been spending about an hour a day every evening putting in the lower level grades to reach the storage yards. I need to make one section removable as reaching into the small gap to lay 3 turnouts may be a little bit hopeful! Working out 3%s in my head which is the grade …

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Moving the storage yard

I have tossed and turned and bored my railroad friends senseless talking about layout designs but managed to get the SLR (railroad cronies) plus my Dad round to do a tricky bit of manouvering. I decided to reuse my existing storage yard which was taking up too much room on the upper level and drop …

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Train elevator

I keep thinking about the train elevator – since it was first mentioned – but it is the linear length that puts me off. A helix does take up nearly as much space though. Half of a 24″ helix is 6 foot long which would be enough to fit a typical branchline train. It could …

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Helix thoughts…

I am conflicted about the helix… I tried the grade around the room rather than in a helix and it just wouldn’t work (the room’s too small). The helix is a grade of 3% but does stick out alot… The thing that is good about a helix is that it is simple to operate. A …

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First track plans

I model the New Haven in the 30s-50s – yes I’m indecisive but I keep buying steam locos… It will start on the coast and run up a valley with a peddler freight. The lower level will be the coast and city and main line and the upper level will be a rural branch with …

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Rescuing the storage yard

My friends popped round to help with the planning. After much hilarity and cursing – I now know not to build scenery on top of screws needed to disassemble benchwork especially if you want to keep the scenery sections later – we had cut up my existing layout. The no-lix became a helix in the …

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New layout

The layout is in a 12′ square room (with inconvenient chimney breast jutting out) and was started nearly 5 years ago. I started with two layers. The upper was to be US outline and the lower UK outline. Over the years I have given up on the UK and gone wholly American. My layout was …

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