The following is the final track plan, as drawn, for the layout currently under construction.
This layout utilizes the majority of a two car garage, an area of 19ft by 21ft. And incorporates
the adjoining master bedroom, 12 x 19ft, with a 3.25% grade to connect two levels on the
layout. Most of this plan was hand-drawn by my good friend,
the Silverado and
the tunnel, into and down the grade thru
and ending with a temporary fiddle yard of 3 tracks, at Los Pinos.
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The Upper Level
The Silverado and
The Master Bedroom
The 3.25% grade running thru Vista Grande, connecting the Los Pinos yard (on left), up to Silverado.
The Mid Level
The Los Pinos yard (in yellow) and the start of the branch to Lumberton (in green starting on left side).
Plus the “loop” running thru Sublette (in orange). Plus the connection running to the Alamosa storage area below (in pink).
The Lower Level
Alamosa, the sub-level or hidden storage tracks. Running loops for parking trains, plus spurs for extra engines and trains.
To explain the track plan, let me walk you thru the course that the branch line trains and the main line train, will travel…
The Mining Branch:
You take a local freight up the mining branch… Your train departs the Los Pinos yard, (going to the right) thru the ‘Hot Water Heater’ tunnel. It begins the long 3.25% grade, thru Vista Grande (in the bedroom). Along the way, you may have to switch at the two spurs in Vista Grande. You continue up the hill, past the ‘interchange’ track (which is a storage spur over the bed’s head board), and thru the tunnel.
You enter the Silverado mining camp. You have switching here. Plus, you
break the train down and take 1 or 2 cars to the end of the line, to the
The Lumber Branch:
Your train is built in Los Pinos. Your train departs the yard (going left) and takes the crossover to Sublette. You may have some switching here. You continue and pass by the yard (on the by-pass main), and cross-back over to the mining branch (orange over to green). In the tunnel you feel the 4.5% grade begin, as you climb towards and cross the fabled High Line.
Soon after you pass the Wye and enter the
Your train is big, with a pair of six-axle road diesels and 10 to 15 cars.
You leave the striving city of
You pop thru a short tunnel and come out at the Los Pinos yard. You set out a cut of cars, could be 5 to 10 cars of your train, and pick-up a handful. Your train departs on to the next community and proceeds thru the yard. It circles a small valley (the orange line), and takes the wye switch left, passing some other yard? In to a tunnel and starting up a grade, on to the next town.
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Revised May 2007