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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 13:09:42 AST.)

HO SCALE: Pacific Northwestern

A member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout group requested a lumber and pulpwood reload facility to fit his 24x48-inch space done in HO scale. It didn't take me very long to see that it was going to be problematic to fit what I wanted to see in the footprint, once I started placing a mainline and some turnouts. With the length of modern cars, the tail tracks just weren't going to be long enough and the resulting short spur would only handle 1 car.

In the end, I decided to use an 18-inch long sector plate to move traffic from the mainline and siding into the reload yard. I then placed a highway overpass over the leads to the sector place, and also masked it with some carefully place trees. The sector plate is only long enough to fit a small switching loco and 1 bulkhead flat car, so switching must be done one car at a time.

The staging area for incoming cars it disguised as siding off a mock mainline, and it capable of holding 4 cars, but I would not use any more than 3 car spots. Likewise, the lumber and pulpwood tracks can handle 3 cars each, but no more than 2 should be spotted. This will give a little bit of wiggle room that will be needed while switching and having more than 7 cars on this little layout will also make it look too crowded.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Type: No Run-Around Track, Staging Options: Sector Plate, Theme: Single Industry, USA (Regions): Northwest, Types of Industries: Pulpwood Dealer

User Comments:

Posted by Wendell on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:22:38 PM.

Nice switching track plan, Rob. This layout can be set anywhere in the Pacific Northwest(Idaho, Oregon, Washington State, or British Columbia). If I was to build this layout, I would build it in N scale using the same 24-inch by 48-inch footprint.

Posted by Rob Chant on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:42:27 PM.

Thanks Wendell ... you could easily get rid of the sector plate in N-scale.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1:06:26 PM.

Awesome little plan. There is a great protype for this in East Hartford Connecticut. It was cover by the Late Carl Arendt.

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