Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

About this blog

This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Track Plan

Layout planningPosted by lennart Tue, March 25, 2008 01:10:12

For some time I have had some ideas for the new layout that would have replaced the old Tap Creek. Now I have instead transferred this idea to the new space available in the “cupboard”.

- I want to try my hand at desert scenery. Lately I have come across a lot of deserts scene pictures. I take that as a sign.

- I have also “stumbled over” the Southern Pacific (SP) every now and then during the recent time, and I find the red and gray “Blood Noose” paint scheme really stunning. Especially in a desolate desert setting. So the layout will be SP inspired.

- There will be mostly main-line running, but some “action” as well. The summit of some mountain pass, where helper engines are taken out of consists seems to be a good compromise.

- A possibility for continuous running is a must. I have lived with a short point-to-point layout for too long now

Below is the track plan I am considering right now.

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The main scene is at the top and to the right in the picture: The actual Summit. Here is a passing siding and a spur where cut-off helpers can be stored, waiting for the return trip. There is also a team track, for the occasional freight to the community of Summit.

At the bottom in the picture is another desert scene. It just shows the main-line, as it winds its way up towards Summit. I envision something like the Tehachapi tunnels here.

To the left, across the door opening is a lift-out section that serves two purposes. It enables continuous running and also serves as staging.

The track plan includes some very narrow and unrealistic 20 cm radii (~ 8”) curves, but none of these curves will be visible.

This layout will not allow for much operation, but that is not my goal either. I see the layout as a large diorama, with a train running potential. It will be fun to build and scenic and hopefully allow for some nice photos

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