I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but never had enough time to actually type it out. As I mentioned in my earlier post on my shelf layout project the track plan is essentially Lance Mindheim’s LAJ shelf layout track plan from the May 2015 Model Railroader.
Apologies for the sort of wonky picture, in my track planning tool I made the view as wide as my room and the white gap at the upper left is the entrance to the room. It’s a 6″ grid so the we are looking at 12″ deep and approx. 5’x10′. One advantage of the 10 foot section is that it will be above a knee wall that is approximately 1o” deep compared to the upper wall so in that section the layout will really only protrude 2″ into the room.
The light gray track on the far right is abandoned track on Lance’s plan but on mine it’s used by the railroad for storage. Since this is a snowy winter scene a perfect place to store snow fighting equipment between snow storms. Since this is not an operational track it won’t be powered or accessible from the main line. Access to it will be off scene. The buildings/roads aren’t set in stone, but it’s what I’m leaning towards for industry at least.
Industry 1 & 2 will share a building and will share a majority of the traffic on the sidings in the upper left.
Where Industry 3 meats the wall is the end of the line and as such the spots are right on the main.
I’m a little iffy on Industry 4, it’d be a neat visual to spot a single car there but the track will run right to the edge so it might not actually be used just in terms of boxcar safety.
Industry 5 will be kind of a team-track style unloading area for various commodities. For example a hopper of road salt or sand might be delivered and unloaded into trucks by the city what with the record snowfall and all or maybe a box or tank car for some off layout but nearby business.