Ideas Needed for the Next Layout
As I have been designing and building the Monte Sano
Railroad, I have been looking at other micro layouts described on the
internet; and I have inventoried my existing models. These
activities have set me to thinking about the design of the Next Layout.
I would like to pose the problem to you, my fellow model railroaders, and
solicit your ideas. So, here are my parameters:
It will be a micro layout, with a total area not to
exceed four square feet, per Carl Arnedt's definition.
Smaller is better, so viable ideas that yield a
smaller solution are preferable.
The scale is HO and the principal gauge is 30 inch,
also known as HOn30, HOn 2 1/2, or HOe.
The design must incorporate my model of the
Richmond Barrel Manufacturing Company (a Campbell model). The details of this
building appear below.
The design should also include enough HO standard gauge track so that my Ye Olde Huff-N-Puff
Barrel Car could be spotted somewhere logically on the layout. The details of
this model appear below.
It would be a real plus if the standard gauge track
for the Barrel Car were arranged so that the car could be moved to an
out-of-sight location once it is loaded with barrels.
The motive power on the principal (working) track,
which is the 30 inch gauge track, will probably consist of the Egger-Bahn
1002 steam locomotive, the AHM Minitrains Plymouth diesel,
and/or the AHM Minitrains steam loco shown
on the Motive Power page of this web site. It could include a
small Climax, Shay, or a 0-4-0 Porter or Baldwin on a Bachman
Dockside (N scale) chassis if I ever manage to build one.
The rolling stock could include any HOn30 cars
compatible with the design of the layout.
Designs must give the HOn30 railroad a
clearly-defined purpose associated with the Richmond Barrel
I prefer standard turnouts (switches) over
turntables and sector plates, although I certainly would accept those
devices if they were essential to the success of the design.
If the HOn30 railroad is hauling material to Richmond Barrel, I prefer designs that clearly indicate the
source of that material, yet avoid the appearance of hauling the same
material back to the source. A device for interchanging full and
empty cars would be an acceptable solution; but I prefer something
I like to watch trains run; so provision for
continuous running is highly desirable, even if this mode is not
One concept that particularly appeals to me is to
represent a logging/sawmill operation that would provide raw material
for the Richmond Barrel Mfg. Co. The Woodland Scenics Tie and
Plank Mill or other small sawmill operation would add much interest to
I would be willing to slightly modify my Monte Sano
Railroad micro layout, described on this site, to become an adjunct
module to this Next Layout. The only such mod that I have
in mind would be the addition of a turnout near the small trestle at
the rear of the Monte Sano RR layout.
Below are the pictures and dimensions of the building
and barrel car. Put your thinking caps on and send
me your ideas. I will publish the best ones here with
my comments, then build the resulting layout. I do reserve the right
to combine ideas from different sources to create the final plan.
All designs remain the property of their creators; but sending the design
to me includes your consent for me to publish, comment, and modify the
design for my use.
Questions and designs should both be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures and dimensions of Richmond Barrel
The footprint of the Richmond Barrel Manufacturing
Company measures 7 3/4" x 7" plus the stairs on the back, which
add about 3/4" to the overall length, making the total
1/2" x 7". As you can see in the top view, the main
building is 7 3/4" x 4 3/4" with the attached machinery shed
being 3 1/4" x 2 1/4". The loading dock wraps around two
sides of the main building. Click on the thumbnails to see the full
Dock Machinery Shed Back
Picture and dimensions of barrel car:
The barrel car is a modified Ye Olde Huff-N-Puff
kit. The kit was a 50' car, but I cut it down to 40', so it is about
5 1/2" long.
Side View Quarter View