Adapting for myself HO 4x8
This is a track plan I found in the latest special issue from Model Railroader named the Rosston, Joelberg & Holly. The original designer completed his layout as a CSX coal line in West Virginia.
Originally Posted by Model Railroader Magazine
Now, here is a slight problem. MR seems to be pretty good about depicting what trains are able to roll on the layout in question. On this one they show three 6-axle diesels hauling coal and grain trains. Are larger diesels like SD75's and Dash-9's able to run properly on a 4x8 HO layout without using 18" radius curves?
Second, I am pretty strongly set on modeling midwestern stuff. My 4 locos are BNSF, and seeing that the layout was originally designed for coal operations I had the idea to base mine on my local flavor; Minnesota iron. BNSF being the most likely rail hauler according to my MNDoT freight railroad map.
The MN Iron Range is pretty rocky and hilly in its own right, but not mountainous like West Virginia. If I were to reduce the grades to perhaps 2.0 or 2.5%, would I be running into clearance issues with the over-under locations? I can't think of any reason why I would have husky-stack cars running on this layout but anything is possible I guess.
Last, how practical is it to have a staging area built below the "tabletop"? I've seen many small layouts where the staging tracks are put on a collapsible section that hangs off one end, but I can't really afford such a thing even with it being 4x8'.
Last edited by DakotaLove39; 11-30-2012 at 02:37 AM.
HO scaler, Minecraft Traincrafter