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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8:28:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Brewery Complex (in 4 square feet)

This was an entry in a 4-square foot layout design challenge that was held on an online forum where I am a member. The idea was to design a layout with a foot print less that 4-square feet that was a good representation of an American railway. At the time, I had wanted to do a layout featuring a brewery complex for a while, and I felt this would be a good chance.

The layout is set in the transition era, so 40-foot cars are the norm. A short diesel is assigned to the in plant switching duties. Although I was hoping to use a different footprint for this entry, I just couldn't get the complex to fit in any other configuration and still include everything I wanted. So, I went with a shelf 8" wide by 6' long again, plus a 2'-foot long drop down for a switching lead.

Loads of grain, barley, and hops are received in boxcars and unloaded at the grain silo (yeast arrives by trucks). Packaging materials (bottles, kegs, cardboard boxes, etc.) are received in boxcars and stored in the warehouse until needed. Product is shipped out in boxcars, and if the product is chilled, it is shipped in reefers.

Loads of coal for the unseen boiler house arrive in hoppers and go to the coal unloading shed. To make that switching the coal shed a bit more interesting, an idler flat car (stored on the lead to shed) is needed to get the hopper in the low clearance shed which is too low for the loco. So it will take a few moves to get the flat between the loco and the hopper.

Track Plan:

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Overall view of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Drop Down, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Breweries

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