I recently got this email from Rick:
Why re-invent the wheel? I was looking for inspiration for my Richlawn RR V2 and purchased Lance Mindheim's "8 Realistic Track Plans for a Spare Room". I don't know if you have that book, but all of the plans are based on a 12ft x 11ft room. Now my room is 12ft by 10ft, but I found a plan starting on page 20 that would work very well in my room even with leaving the one French door to swing in. I would have to sneak some space from the isles / layout to squeeze the layout in my room, but I believe it will fit once I re-position the lift out bridge.
The plan allows for lots of landscape and towns. In addition I believe that I can fit "Buck & Loretta's" place and Hoovertown (or part of it) on the layout. I've attached a rough edited plan showing the layout. What do you think?
Rick & Midge Wade
Rick & Midge Wade
Plan by Lance Mindheim called Appalachian Coal Branch Line. I highly recommend Lance's books as he is a true innovator in the hobby. You can buy them on Amazon. A couple of them have been reviewed on my blog.
Let's analyze the plan:
What I like:
- Works with Rick's windows and doors in the room
- Backdrop divide on the peninsula
- Continuous run option
- Leaves the room open
- Simple and clean
- No elevations to deal with.
What I don't like:
- It doesn't lend itself to the kind of scenery work that Rick is an expert at, mostly mountains and deep scenes.
- Stub ended yards on both sides.
- No interchange
- Aisles are narrow, but tolerable.
- Lots of coal mines, but no customers for the coal, or interchange to ship it out.
- Would be extremely hard to double deck this plan
- Very long removable bridge
I'm going to get out the CAD system and do some sketch work. Be right back!