Deerfield Beach,FL (HO switching layout)
Hi, some of you may recall my previous layout, CSX Palmetto Spur, which featured in this forum earlier this year.
I have now started to build a new layout which has been inspired by videos of local switching operations in South Florida. Deerfield Beach
has two industries which I thought would be very modelable.
Sun Sentinel - paper processing
Publix - plastics
Here are a couple of pics to start with, I'll post more info later
Great looking layout! Are those photo backgrounds part of your layout or did you add them to your photos?
Really great job on the ground cover - nicely done!
Very well done. I like this! Jim
Thanks, the orange sunset sky was added using Photoshop.
Originally Posted by PApat
Just noticed your location as the UK. Your setup is even more amazing considering that!
Like my previous layout, Deerfield Beach, FL is small, measuring only 9ft x 15 ins. Here is the track plan
Looking left to right we have
Publix - this is their dairy processing plant which receives plastic pellet loads from which they make plastic milk bottles for their supermarkets
Sun Sentinel - is a regional South Florida newspaper and this facility receives paper for processing
CSX Transflo - based on the facility at Ft.Lauderdale,FL mainly tank cars and dry bulk products in covered hoppers
The track at the right end on the layout provides a partially hidden storage track, similar to the arrangement used on my previous Palmetto Spur layout.
CSX operates local switcher O717 Ft.Lauderdale - Deerfield Beach on weekdays with power usually a GP39-2.
Next pic shows O717 departing Deerfield Beach with Sun Sentinel and Publix in the background and unusual power - a MP15ac!
Thanks to fellow member Brickbuilder711 for the inspiration and information.
Another couple of pics, first shows CSX GP40-2 #6351 arriving at Deerfield Beach from the partially hidden storage track at the right end of the layout.
Operating the layout is fun and simple. Train arrives with 3 loaded cars which are exchanged for 3 empty loads spotted at the 4 spurs.
Second pic shows CSX MP15AC #1173 spotting a plastic pellet hopper at the Publix processing plant
Last edited by alcanman; 10-21-2012 at 09:42 AM.
Wow, this looks just fantastic. Seeing this and your other layout fully fleshed out has me reevaluating my current plans.
Thanks, here are another couple of pics showing the Transflo transloading facility at the right hand end of the layout