Exhibition Layout

Idea 15, Using Aerial Photos

Written by David Head. Posted in New Exhibiton Layout

Plan 15

Click to EnlargeAs you have seen with plan 13 & 14 the string diagram is very rough & ready. So I did a quick line sketch over the aerial photo to give me the plans you see on this page, which are all based on the sketch on the left. 

 


Variant A

Click to EnlargeFirst attempt to baseboard this construct area. As you can see it is a messy attempt. No where good enough to make strong stable baseboards.

Variant B


Click to EnlargeSecond attempt to baseboard this construct area. Going for all rectangles is just as bad as the first attempt.

Variant C

Click to EnlargeThird attempt to baseboard this construct area was a lot better. This will do for the following variants.

This is drawn off the full size so is in full proportion. This means the final track plan could be shorter, and not as wide if we leave some tracks out.

The industries at the angle form the mainline are a big modelling concern. They do take up a lot of space.


Variant D

Click to EnlargeThe industries at the angle form the mainline are a big modelling concern. They do take up a lot of space. The easiest solution is not to model them at all and run the tracks into the back scene. Yet this solution really makes the yard area very rectangular with far less shunting.

Variant E

Click to EnlargeThe industries at the angle form the mainline are a big modelling concern. They do take up a lot of space. Instead of modelling them in full like Variant C or not at all as in variant D is to have the track poke through holes and into a staging track on the rear. Operationally it keeps traffic, but scenically a problem with the holes, how to paint around it!

Variant F

Click to EnlargeThis is plan 14, better shown.

Having the almost 180% bend seperating the coal sidings from the Albury bridge really save a ton of space in the length and width of the layout. Ther eis a pinch point near the bridge which I would think would be 2-3ft anyhow.

A lot of space is devoted to the triangle, which is complete & fully functional.

A big issue is the side staging yard which gete the track back to the rear. I thought this would have a external photo board not just to hide it but to display photos that we did up. Security is an issue as most operators will not need to duck under there to run trains, and thus is a area of concern.

when the line run off scene I want at least a stsgin yard so train can head back out right away, whle the original train works it's way back to staging.

Not shown is an idea to have som stub ended stagin behind the river scene. That would be good for staging but would mean the baseboards would have to be wider.

Variant G

Click to EnlargeThis is plan 13, better shown.

Not having the 180% bend seperating the coal sidings from the Albury bridge makes for a longer layout indeed.

A lot of space is devoted to the triangle, which is complete & fully functional.

A big issue is the side staging yard which gete the track back to the rear. For this construct O would only have a passing loop for SG & BG to bring rains up ready to go out, and have no yard there, which makes that section narrower than shown I thought this would have a external photo board not just to hide it but to display photos that we did up. Security is an issue as most operators will not need to duck under there to run trains, and thus is a area of concern.

While it makes for a longer layout, it does keep all the scenery on one side.


Variant H

Click to Enlarge This is merge of plan 13&14, and like many merges it takes the problems of both int it.

Having the 100% bend separating the coal sidings from the Albury bridge saves a lot of length but creates a far wider layout. You could argue it is a rectangle shape now with all viewing basically on one side if you look from the top right. But it is still a big layout baseboard wise still with the Wodonga end blob.

Variant I

Click to EnlargeI decided to redo the triangle end to make it smaller. Radius will be tighter, say 3ft min.

This is modification of Variant F & plan 14.

You can see the reduced size compared to F at that end. the end staging is reduced alot as well.

Variant J

Click to Enlarge Directly related to I this modification could be applied to all the contract, which is the reduction of the industry in the coal sidings. I have left a ghost of an outline where the original back scene were, to show the space saving.



All these constructs have the staging inside the layout, so the mainlines are right at the front. We have talked about this before.

It helps us shunt the train from behind, it helps having a simpler back scene to paint. But as we have seen the angled industry spurs create hassles. And it wrecks havoc with the triangle and exit to staging at the Wodonga end.

Onto plan 16 to see the constructs with the industry in the public side.

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