Here it is.
As you can see from yesterday’s post, Broadalbin is both small and relatively straight. These are both good attributes for a shelf layout. The blue line represents Kennyetto Creek, and the black line is Bridge St. The yellow circle is the turntable. Each square represents one square foot.
If you compare it with the screenshots from yesterday, you’ll see that all of the industries are represented (although some will be compressed, especially Broadalbin Knitting Mill). The former cement storage building converted to private residence has been omitted due to space restraints. The only other major alteration is having the sharp curve between Bridge St. and the knitting mill where the creek goes underneath the tracks.
Part of my goal with the design was that I wanted to allow for continuous operation without the use of a five-fingered crane (a.k.a. my hand). The runaround loop on the right is designed to allow for the locomotive to run around the train before heading back into Broadalbin. The siding at the far right is for storing cars.
The benchwork for the layout will be constructed using the “domino” method. Four separate tables will be built 50″ high and be designed to allow for easy dis-assembly and moving: one including the knitting mill, one from the left side to between ‘4’ and ‘5’, one from ‘4’ and ‘5’ to the edge of staging, and one from the edge of staging to the right side. The layout is two feet wide.
In later posts, I will break down the design process and explain why I chose HO Scale. For now, I want to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think this is an effective design? Would you recommend any changes?