Thursday, July 19, 2012

N Scale Howard Terminal in the LDJ


As many blog readers know, I edit the Layout Design Journal of the Layout Design SIG. Thanks to the contributions of our authors and editorial volunteers, every issue of the LDJ offers interesting ideas about model railroad layout design and track planning.

The Spring 2012 issue (#46) includes my article on the Howard Terminal, a terrific little "pocket" rail-marine terminal railroad in Oakland, CA. Beginning with the compact prototype, I developed plans for switching layouts to fit the ubiquitous N scale hollow core door (36"X80") and more-efficient shelf layouts using the same floor space as the hollow core door and its aisles.

This is one of four N Scale switching layouts featured in the article

You may download my six-page N scale switching layout article here as a free Adobe Acrobat file. (By the way, the download may take a minute or two, my ISP is slow at times -- please be patient.)

If you enjoy the article, I hope that you'll join the LDSIG. Members receive the LDJ quarterly and there are also LDSIG-sponsored events at regional and national conventions (including a full slate at Grand Rails 2012).