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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:22:00 AST.)

G-SCALE (1:22.5): Riverside Brick & Clay Company

This design was done for a member of a Facebook small layout group, who was trying to decide between a small switching layout in G-scale, or a traction layout done in O-scale. Of course, I like a good challenge, so offer to mock something up in G-scale for him. This was actually my first attempt at designing something in G-scale for a small space, so please cut me some slack (it is not easy as it looks). I had done a few G-scale layouts in the past, but the smallest to date was one to fit in a bedroom.

Deciding on a (somewhat feasible) premise was the hardest part about the project, and what I finally settled on was a brick company. My idea is that clay comes in from a mainline railway on the opposite side of the brick warehouse, and it is dried and stored until it is needed at the kilns.

Small gondolas are loaded under the tipple, and the switch crew shuttles the dry clay over to the clay storage bin on the left side of the layout near the (unmodeled) kiln building. Then the empties are returned for another load. Likewise, small box cars are loaded with finished bricks at the kiln dock, and the switch crew moves them to the warehouse where they are eventually transferred to mainline railway cars.

Of course, you will notice there is no run-around track, so that makes operations even more challenging. Without a way to get around a car, I had to go with using two small industrial locos, (which I think is a bonus). Even with two locos, switching moves are complicated because the gondolas have to be moved around the box cars before they can be placed at the end of the track so the clay can be shoveled into the storage bin (and that will take a few interesting moves). Although I only show two box cars and two gondolas, adding more cars will complicate things even further.

At this point I should discuss how much rolling stock will fit on this layout. First off, it was designed in 1:22.5 scale, but the owner plans to build in 1:29 scale which is actually a smaller scale than used for my design. The locos I used (Plymouth ML-8s) are 10-inches long, and the owner plans to use locos that are only 8-inches long. The short cars that I mocked for the layout are 10-inches longs as well, but the owner plans to use cars that are only 6-inches long.

So, with all that being said, there is actually a lot more capacity for rolling stock than I show, which is certainly a plus. However, I would resist the urge to overpower the layout with a lot of cars, since operating four cars that have to keep being shuttled from the kiln track to the warehouse track will offer a very good challenge.

The 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: 2 - Turnout Layout, Theme: Industrial Railway, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Brick Works


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