Monday, January 03, 2011

Layout Design Step-by-Step

After a long hiatus, the model railroad Layout Design Special Interest Group (LDSIG) has published the latest issue of the Layout Design Journal (LDJ).

LDJ-40 (Fall 2010) has a variety of interesting articles by a number of authors. My contribution is "Layout Design Step-by-Step", a description of the Conceptual, Structural, and Detail Phases which I think comprise one good approach to model railroad layout design ("Draw no line before it is time").

The article includes some of the same concepts I will present in the four-hour Layout Design Bootcamp with Seth Neumann and the LDSIG at the Sacramento X2011 NMRA Convention this Summer. You can get a feeling for the LDJ article and the Bootcamp by downloading the Layout Design Bootcamp notes and references.

LDJ-40 is now listed on the LDSIG publications back-order page, available for $8.00 plus shipping.

The Layout Design Journal is a great benefit of LDSIG membership and I'm glad to be taking over as Editor with the next issue.