Track Plan At A Glance
Layout Theme: Commuter Station
Layout Type: Module
Scale: HO Scale
Track: Code 100
Turnouts: No. 6
Min. Radius: 36"
Article by: Jim Spavins
Published: September 29, 2015
A couple of months ago, one of my fellow club members asked me to help him develop a trackplan for a new module he wanted to build. He had benchwork available which he had already constructed but was unsure of a trackplan. The module was 30"x72" and he was interested in creating a train station scene.
We discussed a bit the type of equipment he wanted to run. His thought was to have a commuter station terminal set during the Boston & Maine's RDC era. He had a small fleet of these and thought that would work well for a module of this size.
Based on these criteria, I began to sketch some options. The final plan is shown above and includes the two required mainlines out front along with our club's optional passing siding set 10" back from the front edge. A crossover allows access to the mainlines. The train station is set on the right side of the module and includes two station tracks. There are three platforms - accessed by an overhead walkway - two on the station tracks and one on the mainline. In addition to the station, a maintenance and repair track breaks off to the left hand side of the module. The rest of the module will be finished off with a large parking lot for the commuters as well as a little landscaping around the building.
After reviewing the design, my friend approved and he has started work on the module. At this point all the track is in and wiring has commenced. His goal is to have it ready for the 2016 edition of the Railroad Hobby Show on January 30 and 31. Make sure to stop by and check out how the plan turned out!
For Track Plan Tuesday's, I am digitizing all of my old track planning notebooks and sharing the designs here on the website. To see all the plans, visit the track plan home page at: jimspavins.com/jimstrackplans.