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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 16:11:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: Florida East Coast Railway (Fort Pierce, FL)

This N-scale design was done for client who wanted to duplicate yard operations in Fort Pierce (FL) on the Florida East Coast Railway. I knew from the beginning that even small yards tend to get visually boring, and looking at the area in street view, I was kind of disappoint with how barren the real yard looks. It wasn't until I noticed there was a very slight curve in the mainline/yard that gave me a subtle way of removing some of the monotony from the tracks.

In order to show the needed crossovers on the double-track mainline to access the yard, I extended the design to 9-feet. The third track on the left would serve as a drill track for the yard, and also as the branchline track.

Since the layout owner wanted to do the yard work needed to originate two or three branchline locals, no doubt some sort of staging will be required at the left end. The owner also wanted to include a small yard office, a small diesel service facility, a ready mix plant, and a manufacturer of some sort. I moved the FEC's office to an old station on the opposite of the mainline. I couldn't see the station in street view, so I just settled for a generic structure.

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: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Yard Operations, USA (States): Flordia, American Railways: Florida East Coast Ry

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