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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 20:27:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Walnut Grove (End of Line Station)

I just completed this design for a client today (Saturday, February 8, 2020). The 2x8-foot HO-scale layout depicts an end of line station during the transition era. The owner wanted a small service area for locomotives that included an engine shed, an overhead crane, a sand house and a coaling tower. Although he doesn't plan to run steam on the layout, he likes the look of those structures and wanted them incorporated in the plan, if possible.

The owner actually sees this more as a diorama than an operating layout, but I designed it to allow for some online switching in the off chance that he changes his mind. I tried to include a good variety of industries that would handle a good mixture of car types. If the layout was going to be operated, it would need a cassette staging track or drop down on the left end, about 4-foot long would be ideal.

I went with small structures for the online industries so the layout wouldn't appear too crowded. I think I achieved that since it has a nice small town feel to it when viewing the 3D rendering. The level of details that could be achieved on this layout would be amazing. I offered a few of my thoughts for details, but a lot more could be added to make this really stand out.

The GE 44-ton loco I show is a bit too modern for the transition era because of the reflective yellow on the side stills. It is actually the loco I built for the Lapeer Industrial RR that I started back in October of 2019. That layout is almost done, all the structures have been designed and I just have to put the final touches on the scenery when I get the chance.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Design Feature: Drop Down, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town


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