The layout size is determined: two 4x8 tables in an L shape.
The lumber has been purchased: enough to build one 4x8, while salvaging
another 4x8 from a 15 year old layout my kids lost interest in.
The terrain material has been selected: 2" pink styrofoam sheets,
stacked two deep on each table, with enough extra to make raised areas.
Most of the track has been purchased: I determined that I could not
create the track plan I wanted with Bachmann EZ-Track without excessive
surgery on most of the turnouts, so I reverted to Atlas Code-100 for its
univerality. I still need to decide on roadbed. I've used the tar-like
stuff before and liked it. Seems like a lot less work than cork.
The track plan is my own creation, using only scattered ideas from the
many books and magazines I consulted. Basically two parallel mainlines
around the perimeter of the L with crossovers and plenty of interior
sidings for switching and freight handling.
The model time frame will be 1952, so that I can plausibly run steam as
well as diesel and passenger in addition to freight. The locale will be
loosely based on middle Tennessee where I grew up. The line will be
L&N, although I still need to do some research on when all their various
mergers took place, i.e. when did they take over NC&StL, when did they
merge with SCL to become Family Lines, etc. If memory serves, the
latter took place around 1958-59 and puts it past my time period.
I am certain that I want DCC control, but I haven't decided on which one
yet. I know the Bachmann is out, because it is too limiting. I have
also heard ugly things about MRC's Prodigy. On the other hand. the
Prodidy Advance looks much better, but has no provision for running any
non-DCC locos. Otherwise, I like all it's features.
So...I am looking for suggestions on affordable DCC for a layout the
size I have described. I do not anticpate ever running more than 3
locos simultaneously and no bit of trackage should be more than 15 feet
from the power source. I definitely DO want to be able to operate the
turnouts via DCC.
One other query: I am looking for a model of a large urban passenger
station. I found the Walthers Union Station and really like it, but it
is too big for my space, being 19.5" long. It did look like the side
wings could be cut down to one large window on each side vs. the
standard 3, and that would reduce the size by 6" or so. I could live
with that, but before I buy one and start chopping, I wondered if anyone
knew of a similar but smaller structure I could use.
- posted 17 years ago