I am looking for reference books on building a large 10 X 16 N scale layout
using code 55 atlas track. Would like to incorporate an intermodal yard.
Planning out the scenery on a layout is my biggest shortfall.
I have built a 3 X 7 layout from the atlas level 2 track plan book N17, only
the track never got to the scenery stage.
Any help is greatly appreciated,
I am just finishing up a plan for an 11.5'x6.5' "alcove" layout. The plans
are on my website.
now, Dave, you have to ask yourself some questions...
1. Do I want continuous running or point to point?
2. Do I want around the wall with a penninsula or two, or do I want walk
3. Do I want a "duck under" or "tip up" or "door" on the layout?
4. How deep can I reach onto a layout (24"-30")?
After answering these, you will have a better idea.
Do you go with a layout shaped like: a doughnut, a "C", an "M" (like mine),
a square with a leg in the middle, a complete figure 8 or what?
Grab the Atlas RTS software, it is free and is a great starting point.
Hope this helps.
Suggestion from one who has been there... Think about starting small.
Unless you have built something of that size before, I would be leary of
committing the time/money into the endeavour of starting from scratch at 10x16,
which is a sizable layout.
While I may be there some day, I am working on a 36"x72" door for the moment to
make sure that I would have the patience to complete an entire layout. If I
complete it - THEN I get to plan larger. :-)
Good Luck in any case