Sharing the joys of model railroading on the San Francisco peninsula
The club is giving serious consideration to removing the existing layout and rebuilding anew in one or two scales (HO and O), or building modules in both scales as a way to explore ideas before committing to something more substantial. Discussion is ongoing at each business meeting and feedback is always encouraged.
We are also actively soliciting input from individuals outside the club who may be interested in layout design, and who may wish to share ideas with the club about how best to use our space. With that in mind, the following is a copy of the club's "Givens & Druthers," as well as a sketch of the club's building floorplan. The digits preceding items indicate the number of votes each received from members who were in attendance at the meeting wherein the list was approved. Note that this list is not "set in stone" and layout ideas which don't incorporate everything below are still encouraged.
Both Scales (O and HO):
9 Walkaround control/operation
9 Continuous running for shows
9 Passenger and freight operations
9 Staging yard(s) with member setup tracks
8 Single track main line with passing sidings
8 Way freight switching
8 Realistic train operation
7 Maximum reach of 30" to the farthest track
7 Switching operations w. the road engine (e.g., no yard)
6 Train operations can be done without any ducking under
6 Switching operations w. a local switcher (e.g., there is a yard)
5 Way freight interest areas in front of crowd while operators can
- Be separated. E.g., in a lobe design, the way freight areas may
- Be at the tips of the lobes and the operators would be located
- Between the lobes where the public would not be allowed
4 Preserve the backdrop
4 Maximum reach of 24" to the farthest track
4 Terminal passenger station with train assembly/dis-assembly facilities
3 Lumber mill
2 Port (of Redwood City)
1 Oil refinery
6 minimum turnout #6
5 60" minimum radius
General for HO, regardless of single or double level:
9 Ability for trains of 25 50' cars and 2 6-axle diesels to pass
9 Minimum size turnouts on the HO: #8 main, #6 yards, #4 elsewhere if needed
7 40" minimum HO radius on the main line
6 Loco servicing area steam and diesel with a turntable
5 Double track main line, operable as a single track main line
3 Gauntlet track [on a bridge]
6 Two level layout for HO:
10 Option to stay/run on either level w/o having to enter the helix
- 8 Upper and lower level switching areas would be offset
- 6 Upper level rail height of 60",
- 6 Lower level rail height not less that 42"
- 5 Grade-free running on each level (helix excepted)
4 Single level layout for HO.
Building Floor Plan (click the image to zoom in):
Just adding to this discussion, though I have a strong opinion about this issue (ie, HO only, DCC only, NMRA standards and code 83), I could see a potential for a dual scale layout, HO and O, with the layout plan dictated by the O scale, but still have an HO that could be interesting from the standpoint of operation (more like a branch and/or heavy industrial location).
Not much different from the Mission Statement. But, I would prefer the HO below the O scale. The reason is that I would still see a double-deck layout, and if the O scale is below, then it could not be run from the upper floor.