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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 14:50:14 ADT.)

HO SCALE: 22nd Avenue Warehouse & Freight District

I recently started going through my old 3PI layout files, and I remembered this design as soon as I opened the file. I played with this for fun back in 2000 and it was my adaption of a track plan that I found online. The original design was for a 1-foot by 4-foot space, and used a track arrangement very close to what I show in my version, although (of course) the spurs were a bit shorter.

I was impressed with the original design, but I also felt that it could be much better if another 12" was added. I didn't finish the design back in 2000, but now that I am more experienced with 3rd PlanIt's 3D capabilities, it was relatively easy to complete.

For its size, I am actually quite impressed with how much operation could take place on this little layout, and the dock side setting just makes it all that more appealing for me. This is quite the gem for a small layout.

Track Plan:

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Overall views of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Car Float, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): New York

User Comments:

Posted by John Reynolds on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 12:57:58 AM.

I love this plan for a lot of reasons... small space and lots of switching...

Posted by Robert Chant on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 7:11:37 AM.

Thanks John Reynolds ... this one has a lot of appeal for me too ... I love waterfront scenes and old brick warehouses ... it would offer plenty of detailing opportunities as well.

Posted by John Brian Sommers on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 12:37:37 PM.

This is amazing. So tempting to do this in HO but it would rock in N using the same space. But oh HO isn't as fiddly.

Posted by John Brian Sommers on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 12:46:52 PM.

Some more comments:
With the carfloat there it makes this an almost no brainer. Such a fun way of getting cars off the layout.

Another pro for doing this in N is that you would have room for a reacher car that way you wouldn't have to mess with powering the float.
I might be able to put in another switch somewhere to store my reacher.

Posted by Robert Chant on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:57:10 PM.

Thanks John, if using this same footprint in N-scale a lot more could be added that would really increase the operating potential of the layout. You could easily add two or three more industries and a much larger car float. Take care, Rob.

Posted by Rob Hupfield on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:44:36 PM.

Another gem of a plan in a tiny space. Well done, Rob! It is very hard to get more switching fun than this in 5 square feet.

It also amply demonstrates the power of wye turnouts to maximise operations in a minimal space. I think the count is 6 wyes in 7 turnouts. Wow.

I know you're aware, but the one flaw in the design is the lack of a ramp and pylons for the barge. The ramp adjusts the rail elevation for normal changes in water level. Pylons are clusters of wood pilings to help align and secure the barge during docking. Easy to include although another linear 6" or so on the barge approach is perhaps needed for this element, and contributes to believability.

For those not interested in barge operations, the barge tracks could also just be an interchange track or two.

Best regards,

Posted by Robert Chant on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:24:11 AM.

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the comments. The choice of leaving the apron track out was due to wanting to keep the size of the car float inside of the layout's footprint and make it as long as possible. If you wanted to add the ramp track it would be very easy to do by allowing the float to "hang" outside the footprint ... you could also probably make it a little longer since it should be removable anyway.

Take care,

Posted by on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:18:53 PM.

Rob, did you save the original plan? If not, do you know where I might be able to find it?

Posted by Rob Chant on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:50:14 PM.

Sorry ... I don't have the original track plan ... nor do I know how to find it 20 years later ... I am not even sure of the name of it.

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