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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:20:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sterling Warehouse District

This was an interesting small HO scale layout to design, and offered a bit of a challenge. My client wanted to depict a warehouse district in his 18x72-inch space, and wanted to include a few warehouses with as many car spots as possible. Although he didn't know what types of warehouses that would be included, he was only looking to use box cars on the roster, since he has many finely detailed cars.

It took me a while to decide how best to use the space, but eventually I stumbled on a good track arrangement, that I think works well. The saving grace was actually the low profile buildings, so I was able to put two out front, without blocking the view too much.

The final result was four modern era 1-story warehouses with two car spots each, for a total of eight spots. Since one warehouse is serviced by a trailing point spur and the three others are on facing point spurs, I included a short run-around so the incoming train can come off the cassette staging loco first.

Looking at the 3D renderings, you might notice that the utility poles are a bit too close to the tracks. I added the poles last and I didn't feel like going back to adjust the roadways to make the necessary clearances. Other than that, it all came together nicely.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations


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