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Spare Part Lines

HO Scale Modular Layout Design

Track Plan At A Glance

Layout Theme: Industrial
Layout Type: Module
Size: 12'x18'
Scale: HO Scale
Era: 2000s
Track: Code 100
Turnouts: No. 6
Min. Radius: 22" (End Loops), 36" (Corners)

Article by: Jim Spavins
Published: September 8, 2015

A couple of years ago, I had an eclectic collection of modules which were around from various projects for my club, the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club.  This included the Rockville Bridge modules, a tank car repair module, Rockville Corner module, and the Prairie Peddler corner.  At the time, I knew I would be moving in the not too distant future but still wanted to have a layout.  The idea for the Spare Part Lines was born to use the modules which I already had around and simply add a few new pieces to create a layout.  This would save quite a bit of money but allow for a relatively finished layout to be completed quickly.

As can be seen in the layout above, those modules listed in the previous paragraph plus a pair of return loop modules, an extra corner, and a small 2' spacer module completed the layout.  The end loops could have a small yard or a siding or two serving an industry.  The spacer module would include a junction scene to add some operational interest.  All of the scenery would have been constructed to represent central Pennsylvania - where many of the existing modules had drawn their inspiration.  The new end loop modules would have been useful to our club as we currently just setup a closed loop style layout.  These end-loops would have provided some new flexibility in our layout setups - and most importantly not require the use of a lift bridge module.

For the most part, the operations of the layout would be simply a display layout with the trains going round and round.  However, there are enough sidings and industries to provide enough work for a local to work around the layout.  More importantly, the layout could be completed relatively quickly and easily be moved to the next location.

For Track Plan Tuesday's, I am digitizing all of my old track planning notebooks and sharing the designs here on the website.  To see all the plans, visit the track plan home page at: jimspavins.com/jimstrackplans.