Track Plan At A Glance
Layout Theme: Scenic Railroad
Layout Type: Portable
Size: 8'x8' (Overall 8.5'x8.5')
Scale: Two Rail O Scale
Track: Atlas O Code 148
Turnouts: No. 5
Min. Radius: 36"
Article by: Jim Spavins
Published: August 11, 2015
Last week, I developed an O scale scenic railroad which operates cabooses. For this week, the theme is close to the same. About two years ago, I didn't have a permanent space to build anything so I was looking for a simple to build/transport/construct layout idea. Looking at T-trak modules as inspiration, I developed this square 8'x8' portable layout which features another scenic railroad in O scale.
The base of the layout is comprised of four fold-in-half tables where each is 30"x72". These are arranged to create a 8.5'x8.5' surface for the layout. The layout itself is constructed in six sections - each no larger than 2'x4'. The reason this size was chosen was that this footprint is commonly available in pre-cut plywood sections at any big box home improvement store. This would greatly simplify benchwork construction without the need for any major power tools.
Just as with last week's plan, this layout is more geared towards those who enjoy building and detailing models as the operation is fairly limited. However, there are some interesting scenes to be built - like the train station, enginehouse, cabin, and bridge. It would be interesting to completely detail all the buildings - inside and out - as well as animate a number of mini-scenes.
For rolling stock, the roster would mirror that of one of the many small scenic railroad operations around the country. A typical small switcher locomotive would pull a train of re-built gondolas or flat cars with benches for the passengers to have a nice open air ride. A caboose would bring up the end of the train and offer an additional fare type for the railroad.
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.