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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 14:40:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE (6'0' Broad Gauge): Happy Valley RR in Proto87

Back in July of 2018, I had a request from a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group to do a 2'x8' layout based on John Allen's timesaver track plan. The layout was to be done in broad gauge (6-foot wide) using Proto:87 standards with all track hand laid. It is proto-freelanced based on the Middleburgh & Schoharie RR during its 6-foot gauge era (1876) set in rural New York/Vermont.

The layout owner wanted to include a coal dealer, a water-wheeled powered saw mill, and station. He also wanted to include a small yard with an engine house by adding a 3-2-2 Inglenook to the plan, but we determined that it was not going to work out as he planned, so the idea was scrapped.

In place of the Inglenook, I decided to add more of an industry base to the layout using structures found in Middleburgh, NY, during the early 1900s. Although I am not overly fond of the timesaver track plan, it worked out well. As you will notice, I didn't indicate any staging connections, but it could easily be added to the mainline at either end of the layout.

Track Plan:

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Overall 3D Renderings:

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Close-Up 3D Renderings:

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TAGS: Theme: End of Line Station, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: Time Saver Design, USA (States): New York

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