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Our 15th project railroad has a number of differences from our previous model railroad layouts. Purpose – a small switching layout for display and operation at Train Shows and other events. Although there are lots of good track planning programs available, I prefer to design small layouts using actual track pieces laid out at the final size of the railroad. Small structures were selected for the front to not block the view of the tracks or the buildings in the back. This layout will go to Train Shows so that the public can run it – learn about operation, switch cars, see how it was built, and ask questions. DCC control was selected for the layout as we can demonstrate how it works, and allows the public to learn and experience what DCC does hands-on. Make sure to check out the close-up photos of each of the Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV. If you would like to build a railroad like this one, please see the Track Plan and Parts Lists for the home version Gateway Central XV. Great article but also frustrating .The downloadable doors were useful thanks but as I live in the UK I cannot go out and photo my own ideas .Could all the buildings be available for download somewhere please Lance ? Go to Google Earth, or Bing, and you can find images of thousands of buildings that could be captured off of the internet and photoshopped to produce whatever building you wish to produce. In addition to commercially available photo papers (which work nicely) an inexpensive alternative is card stock paper available in 250 sheet packages such as Wausau Paper's Exact Index 110lb No 49411 which I bought at Avery Paper.
Kudos on demonstrating that scratchbuilding is within reach of anyone with a computer and a color printer.
Does anyone have any experience with some archival clear coats, that might help to mitigate the fading issues? I do offer however, that Dullcoat makes a very poor substitute for the purpose made protective sprays that are available from any good art store. I have used several different paper fixatives in the past and frankly they have all done a better job than Dullcoat. That's what model railroading is all about - live and learn, hopefully from others before you wander the path yourself!
Since I am not in a position to build a layout, I will keep this idea on file till I can get an opportunity to use it in the future. I have been building from paper using photo sheets and such but this article has given me some real food for thought! Google Earth program should be of interest to anyone wanting to at least see what a building looks like- The program is free and is used to locate interchanges, on-off ramps, roundabouts and such. Rotate your view (like moving on the Google Earth map) and it is as if you were standing in the street next to the station. Resolution varies considerably and is seldom really good enough, but it is far better than nothing. Google Earth images are copyrighted and should not be used for any  commercial purposes.

You can use turntables, wyes or reversing tracks as a way of turning your trains around (without having to manually lift them up off the tracks). One way to do this is by sitting down with paper and pencil (I emphasize pencil here) and just start drawing some ideas, based on the concept of your railroad that you have decided on in the previous sections of this site (the "Design page 1").
If you know what structures you will be using, you can include them in your planning at this time and see how the trains interact with the buildings as well as the terrain. ShareThisI am doing some 1850s-60s scenes and need some oxen (harnessed and unharnessed).
ShareThisGetting closer to starting a layout and looking at previously built structures I have on hand reminded me that there seems to be a bit of an issue in N scale. 2 wood laser kits I have done in the last year or so have no shingles at all or any other roofing material.
The 3rd has when I took a really close look at the material appears to be HO scale brick material that was cut to fit the roof.
I can't tell you how anxious I am to get some color going on this huge expanse of brick sheet.
Your modeling with the scenery has me anxious to eventually get some New England colors going!
The only change I have made away from the prototype is the absence of the second story windows on the store front side. Designing and building your model railroad benchwork should be fairly straightforward once you have a pretty good general idea about your theme and trackplan. The L-girder method of making strong, supportive benchwork inexpensively was first developed by Linn Westcott and has been very popular in this country. My latest layout benchwork was built using several commercially available, modular, precut and predrilled wooden kits* that went together so easily, I was able to finish my benchwork for a 19x16ft layout in one short weekend. The other project railroads were given away each year, we plan to keep this one (at least for a few years). This helps the planning considerably, since I have a tendency to pack as much railroad as possible into the space. The front structures were placed at the corners leaving the middle open to reach in to throw the turnouts and uncouple cars.
We even plan on using it for switching contests – four cars on the layout is fairly easy, six or seven cars gets very interesting. The engine has a SoundTraxx (sound) decoder installed so visitors can ring the bell and blow the whistle. An easy way to get around the fading problem is to use a lazer printer which produces water proof and colourfast prints. Click on it and begin to drag it towards the station- streets that have been photographed by Google appear in blue.
And with even a reasonable image of a particular door or window, you might be able to get a better image from another structure, but at least you have a good idea of what everything looks like. This method described is a poor second, but it usually works, costs nothing and won't take long to become proficient.

Some time ago, I realized I could make it much easier using something that I still have tubs of laying around from my childhood: Legos.
The other project railroads had a loop in the plan so the trains could go round and round, this one is purely a switching layout and doesn’t have a continuous running option. Some were too complex to switch for the average person walking up at a Train Show (the idea, after all, is to have fun with the layout).
I also like to mock-up the buildings using parts from the kit taped together to make sure they look appropriate and will fit in the space available (photocopies of the wall sections taped together would work as well).
The background structures line the rear edge of the layout, with the largest in the middle. This is obviously overkill for a home layout, but great for a layout that travels around and is occasionally dropped. An entry-level Digitrax Zephyr (DCS 50) throttle was selected which connects with two wires to the layout. Most copy centres use lazer printers that can take computer files and will produce an A3 print for just a few cents.
The blocks are perfectly square and can be attached with cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA) to every plastic or styrene surface that I've ever used. And this one was designed to be really small, so it will sit on a table at train shows and easily move in the back seat of any car. The final design features five industrial structures, six car setout spots, and six #4 turnouts – and with some construction, operation and parts selection tricks made it in at just shy of four feet in length.
The two back corners required kitbashed structures to suit the locations, but the structures selected are easy to customize this way.
Our Train Show version weighs just over 13 pounds and has a handle on back to carry it around.
The track was also attached with carpenter’s glue (just make sure not to put any under the moving parts of the turnouts).
I did have a healthy supply of Dullcoat at hand and being too impatient to await the opening of my local art supply store the next morning, I reached for the Dullcoat. At least you can see what kind of door is there so you can get it off a different structure. 2 of these beams can then be fastened to the top of intermittently spaced supporting structures made with 2x2 legs with cross braces between them. If you want to build a version of this railroad for a home layout, I would recommend the slightly longer (and easier to operate and build) version shown on the track plan page. Click on one edge of the roof and drag across to the other for a numerical readout that is pretty accurate.

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