Givens (constraints)

  • Maximum available space is about 17’ x 20’, with a 4’ x 4’ notch out of the northeast corner for utility room access. Provisions must be made for accessible storage space throughout the room beneath the layout. There must also be a hobby work area. The room must be finished with a drop ceiling and adequate task lighting.
  • Layout to be sectional and removable with operation and continuous running capability
  • Sections to be comprised of T-Trak modules and sectional components, based on an enlarged T-Trak display oval integrated with around-the-wall sections.
  • Display oval s/b removable and simple to set up and take down for personal use and for demonstrations at train shows
  • N-scale standard gauge with fault free track work and reliable automatic couplers

Druthers (preferences)

  • Would like to be able to run equipment as large as a Berkshire on part of the layout
  • Free-lanced: loosely based on the White Pass and Yukon, with elements of the Chicago, Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Ann Arbor, and Manistee Northeastern
  • Always been a fan of the Great Northern and the Pere Marquette
  • Would love to build on the idea of a Pacific Northwest locale
  • I like car ferries; the Pere Marquette at Ludington, and the Ann Arbor at Elberta MI (Frankfort) would be good prototypes, as well as the Canadian National Vancouver to Victoria ferry.
  • Borrowed or generic town names, businesses and industries named for family members
  • Prefer smaller rolling stock from the transition era and earlier periods, no high cube or 85’ freight cars, passenger cars limited to 65’ except for 72’ gas-electric Doodlebugs
  • Prefer early Alco diesels like RS and S models, also EMD NW2s, F3s and F7s, four wheel trucks
  • Prefer smaller steam locomotives including prairie, mogul, consolidation, and ten-wheeler models, but also want to run a Pere Marquette Berkshire
  • Layout to be combined T-Trak and sectional, not modular; i.e., sectional pieces can only be assembled in one way.
  • Layout wiring should be as simple as possible, train and accessory control to be DCC/LCC

Initial Design Parameters


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