Box Street 4x1 feet HO scale switching layout

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  1. James76

    James76 Full Member

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    Thanks for your comment, Echidna.

    I shortened the covered hoppers purely so they would be easier to switch in the confined space and tight curves of my various micro layouts. I hadn't thought of the lower axle load for a shorter car being better for lighter laid branch line use, but that makes perfect sense.

    Re Carl Arendt's website, all of the micro layouts I currently have were inspired by his website, but often with slight differences from his originals (maybe an extra siding somewhere, or slightly wide / longer, often a different scale). I purchased two of his ebooks as well, and spent a number of enjoyable hours perusing them for ideas to fit the spaces I had.

    Re the "other industries" building, a lot of the buildings in post 13 are also in post 1, so I have included the overall view of the layout from post 13, with letters to indicate buildings and a list underneath of where they were sourced from.

    box-street-industry-legend.jpg

    • A: Evans Designs ( https://evandesigns.com/products/model-builder ) printout glued to thin foam core.
    • B: Walthers modular building pack with a custom triangular section for the roof (basically a bit a thin ply painted roof color). Platform it rests on as scratchbuilt from chipboard and painted light grey on top, with coffee stirrers and matchsticks on the sides.
    • C: Scratchbuilt from corrugated card, match sticks, and coffee stirrers.
    • D: Walthers Hot Mix Asphalt plant.
    • E: Scratchbuilt. Chipboard with brick paper on the side and top painted light grey to simulate concrete.
    • F: Scratchbuilt. Similar to E.
    • G: Part of D, but I have used it as a separate silo instead of as part of the Hot Mix plant.
    Hope I've labelled the "other building" you referred to, if not let me know.

    Regarding inglenooks, I had a large-ish modular model railway a few years ago (see post #16) which had a module called "Illinook" (named for Illinois + Inglenook), and this had an inglenook on it, but also had an extra track or two for more switching interest. I haven't really tried a (successful) inglenook apart from that, but the concept certainly intrigues me. A number of channels on YouTube have featured inglenooks. I think if I was going to try an inglenook (which I still might in future) it would probably be using cars that are close to the same length, and a short locomotive such as a Peckett 0-4-0, Ruston & Hornsby 48DS, Plymouth ML-8 or NSWGR X200 rail tractor. I already have at least one of each of those, except for the Peckett 0-4-0, so it would be easy to experiment with them to see how short an inglenook could be.

    Regards, James
     
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    Dear James76,

    thank you for your detailed response. The Evan's Design Printout of the "International" style factory/warehouse is interesting as it can be an approriate fit on most model railways, irrespective of it being located in North America, Europe or Australia, and probably a number of other places as well, hence my query.

    Thanks again for an interesting article,

    Regards, Echidna.
     
  3. James76

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    Hi Echidna.

    I have found a lot of the Evans Designs do have a fairly 'generic' look and as a result work quite well with American layouts. I have used a number of them over the years, making my own building styles using the available textures since I purchased the product. I think only 2 of the buildings I have created were full buildings or full-ish.

    ModelRailway_Illinook_1010125.JPG
    Above: a low-relief-ish building (currently in storage) on the defunct Illinook module.
    Below: a 2 storey house currently in use on my Ruston layout.
    P1020222.jpg

    All the rest I built from their product have been low relief background buildings of which the one on Box Street is the only one I am currently using.

    Regards, James
     
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