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.

A somewhat revised plan

Layout planningPosted by lennart Sun, January 03, 2010 21:44:50

For various reasons I have revised the plan, making it even simpler than before. The layout will consist of a simple straight shelf section, instead of being L shaped as planned. I guess I am still a little intimidated by myself having to give up on the "individual tie plates" approach and want to keep this next project as simple as possible. So here is what it will look like.

It will be a oval with a siding for meets, and some hidden staging tracks behind a mountain crest. As said before - designed for rail fanning and nothing else. The relatively tight curves are hidden inside tunnels. The other leg of the original L shape might easily be added later (as indicated by the dotted track that runs "off shelf"). The shelf dimensions are partly given by the available space, but also by the dimensions of a standard plywood sheet. So for reasons that will be revealed in future posts, the shelf will actually be 341 centimeters long (and not 330 as stated in the figure above).

Next time I post anything here I hope to have pictures showing some real progress.

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Posted by Jason S Tue, October 19, 2010 06:40:05

Been reading your blog for awhile now, your new layout has inspired me to build a shelf layout my self. very similar to yours. It will be Southern pacific, but the siding will be in the Cascade mountains of Oregon. Im zeroing in On the siding at Cruzatte, OR. a 4800' siding stuck between two tunnels and on a 1.8% grade, with an old wooden steam era water tower, and a 60' double girder bridge. Of course a bajillion pine trees to fill the scene

thanks for the great work! hope to see more stuff soon!

Jason S