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Inspired by the dumping gifting of some HO train set stuff from a friend, I looked for something to do with it. The idea is to create an enjoyable layout for as little money and effort as possible. And the different scale and era will be a nice change of pace. I found a gentleman selling more train stuff, but he lived two hours away. His asking price was $30, and I offered $60 if he'd meet me halfway. Which he did.
From a scale perspective, the boxes are perhaps worth more than the contents. Let's take a look:
Hmmm. The helium car and stock car are right out. Conrail did have F-units, but I do not know that they were in freight service. The helium car might see it's way to a diorama, just because it is so unusual.
Track and power pack. That is the exact same type of power pack that juiced my first HO scale (gauge?) layout. I haven't tested the power pack, but if it works, it will go to the test track. I'll have to scrounge or, more likely, build, a power source for this layout.
The house in the foreground is the same kit (not this exact one) I built as a child. My strongest memory of the build is the smell of the glue. You could feel brain cells dying. Nostalgia plays no role here: everything will be used for something else. I am curious about the structure with the open water tank. Whether for process or storage, you don't want your water to evaporate away. I have seen cooling pools in the Mojave desert visibly evaporate, so a little curious about the tank. Maybe it just looks cool.
So that was the new box o' stuff, and I decided I had enough to make a stab at a layout.
This will be the CQD layout, for Cheap, Quick, Dirty ("It Ships Cheap or It's Free, On The CQD!"). CQD was the pre-SOS maritime distress code, so hopefully not a portent.
I made an 8' x 1' baseboard mockup from a medium (3 cu. ft.) cardboard box. Turnout templates are Fast Tracks #5, and the straight templates are from a Walther's track template download; here resized to scale. The rest is some use for brass track.
Based on the mix of cars to hand, I'm thinking a manufacturer (likely furniture) at the top, and a wholesale grocery supply warehouse at the bottom. The switchback arrangement is exactly that, as I'm envisioning a hillside that crest at the right edge of the second track from the left, and runs downhill to the right. There won't be much elevation change, but maybe enough to be interesting. I'm thinking of moving the switchback leg on the right further back, and making for an asymmetrical climb, but more elevation gain.
At the moment, I would have a manufacturer at the top with an engineering plant on the lower level, and loading on the upper level. With that size complex, you could well have structure cover the entire end. And the same with the 'bottom' industry. I'm considering a grocery wholesaler, so reefers and boxcars could be spotted.
The far left track is intended to be a second main, but does not have to be. If the same railroad had access to the upper and lower levels by conventional means, there would be no need for the switchback. I put that in so two operators could work simultaneously. One main could be one railroad, and the other main a later-arriving rival. There might be car exchange. Or I could just make the two industries double spurs, and save a couple of turnouts.
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