Hi everyone, I just received the 2005 model railroad planning and I'm really interested in the "compact layout #1" on page 50. I'm just getting back in to the hobby, and want to get a small layout up and running while I start the "big" layout.
My problem is that I'm not yet ready to scratchbuild, but I can't find industries that match the size limitations and freight types on the plan. Can someone please give suggestions?
The buildings recommended in the magazine are:
- Food processing plant background building - for both reefer and tank car traffic. This is a "background" building, so no more than
NOTE: for this building, if needed I could add another 1" to the back of the layout to make this one larger.
- Overhead crane with scrap yard for gondola traffic. Overhead crane should only be wide enough for 1 track underneath. Scrap yard I can probably kludge something myself (but let me know if you have ideas!)
- Freight house - for boxcars. 2" by 18"
- Gravel silos - for hoppers, approx 1 foot by up to 3 inches
Can anyone suggest what prebuilt kits they would use (possibly with some minor modifications) for this project?