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The Old West layout would allow for some switching between the industries or in the yard, or the continuous running of a train.  Several of your favorite locomotives could also be displayed at the roundhouse. This is a very effective, simple and straight forward layout.  Although it is an old west theme, it could be easily adapted to any time period. So, if industrial scenic railroads in an urban setting are what you are interested in, this may well be the track plan for you. This layout design emphasises running trains, as there is not a lot of industry for switching.  The double track would allow two trains to run continuously. In N-Scale, this layout would be fine in a small room or corner of the basement.  To get the most out of this plan, you would definitely want to install automatic uncouplers, with electro-magnet uncouplers on the main line and standard magnetic uncouplers strategically placed throughout the yard and at the various sidings.
The layout features two industires (which could be combined to create a major industry, such as a mine, that is reached by a single line that climbs a grade, which passes over a small water feature. For those of you who are considering building your own railroad in your home (or garage, office or any other space), or if you are looking for ideas to expand your present layout, we are going to search the web for some clever track plans. To view the track plan in full size, just click on the image in this post to open it in our image viewer. Note from Editor: John and Gale Blessing's Anozira RailRoad is a good example of taking Lionel trains outdoors to run. Using TMCC outside to run trains is fairly simple once you do the adaptations recommended by John in this article. Update for 2009 - The verdict is in: the last remaining O Gauge Outsider I know who was attempting to use TMCC to control his turnouts has given up. After looking over Paul's Introduction to O-Gauge Outside, I wanted to add some information about controlling O gauge trains outdoors. You do have to divide the system into several blocks for power consumption (and you need to use a separate power supply to power each block). Each block was designed to handle 4 trains at a time without exceeding the 10.5 amp limit of the Lionel PowerHouse supply (although passenger trains with lighted coaches will reduce the number of trains that can be run on one block).
Therefore, when you are planning an O Gauge Outside railroad, you should consider that the train density per block will probably be much larger than you would have space for indoors. TMCC operation in an O Gauge Outside railroad has the same requirements as indoors, with a few additions.


Unfortunately, when you are outside, the open sky and boundless vacant landscape do not provide a network of earth ground wires everywhere. For broad areas such as towns and switchyards, you can bury wire mesh ("hardware cloth") just under the surface. In some cases, where buried wire or wire mesh wasn't enough, we have also placed grounded aluminum foil tape along a concrete block wall adjacent to the track.
On a raised railroad you can add telephone poles along the right-of-way, with a continuous solid copper line that is grounded at one or both ends. Some of our locomotives had no problem seeing enough earth ground from the beginning because their antennas are large enough.
A substantial earth ground is especially important anywhere an elevated track is close to another track.
In a crossover situation, the signal emitted by the upper track may blend with the signal broadcast by the lower track.
As an example, ARR has one engine that would run through a remote section of track at the far end of our backyard and yet would not run through a particular section of track in the middle of the layout.
Another aspect of powering O Gauge Outside is that no O gauge electrically operated accessories or power units are manufactured for outdoor use.
Notice that the Lockons, which would be placed around the railroad indoors, are also protected from the weather and only the low-voltage current (with TMCC signal) is actually run to the track.
Fred Young's Article: Fred Young's Ground-Level Arizona Railroad, including the September, 2009 addition at the bottom. Fred Young's Ground-Level Arizona Railroad - A ground-level railroad that has lots of operational options and some unique ways of adapting to the Arizona summer sun. It is certainly possible to use traditional Lionel transformers and "conventional" operation, as long as you keep the transformers out of the weather and store them indoors when you're done. Early in our operations, we did exceed the 10.5 amp limit on a single block with three freight consists, going up hill, with loooooong strings of cars in tow. The "earth ground" may not be as obvious, especially on a raised railroad like the Anozira RR.
This is usually the most effective way, in part because the locomotives' antennas tend to be close to the height of the wires.


Regardless of how the earth ground is extended, all of those wires do need to be grounded very well. We had to augment the antennas on some of the other ARR engines (up to 8' of additional on-board antenna) before they could make an uninterrupted circuit through the ARR track system. All information, data, text, and illustrations on this web site are Copyright (c) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 by Paul D. Nothing in the way of a yard, but some really nice industry possibility with plenty of sidings and even a passing track or two – to create lots of switching possibilities. At the time, each engine was pulling its maximum wattage, and the total exceeded the 10.5 limit. I can run a train for more than a 100 feet before it begins to come back!" But the "down" side is that each block may need to be shorter than you might think it should, to avoid having so many trains in the block that you overload the power supply.
Where there is not enough earth ground for the TMCC-equipped locomotives to operate, you need to "help" the earth ground. The White River & Northern has excellent use of scenery breaks which would make slightly longer trains look right at home. Newton Station would be great for passenger service, while a freight makes use of the other main. The short version is that "standard" TMCC depends on track power, but you don't control the locomotives by turning the voltage up and down like you do on a train set railroad. Each TMCC-equipped locomotive has a little receiver and antenna built inside that responds to TMCC signals that you control using a handheld controller.
The best advantage of using TMCC on an O Gauge Outside railroad is the ability to run multiple trains without worrying about the kind of block control that HO indoor railroaders are used to. Once you hook the power supplies up and turn them up, you ignore them and control each train by the handheld remote control.



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