Overview of the Layout - November 13, 2009
The layout covers an overall area (32 x 24 ft) in my basement.
The double track mainline is all Atlas
code 100 flextrack and is approximately 160 feet in length. Cross-overs are #6
switches. The minmum curve radius is 30 inches, and the maximum grade is 2.4%.
The benchwork is supported using the L-girder system. The subroadbed is 5/8" plywood with cork roadbed.
This is the same view today of the previous picture. This is the
larger of the two rooms which cover the line from Cumberland, MD to
This is the opposite view of the above picture. You can see the
entire layout that fills the larger room. You can also see the
difference in elevation between the highest (duck under) and lowest
point of the layout.
Here is another view. The facia is masonite with a plastic
skirting. The track diagram with elevations is mounted on the
train room side of the layout. A better view of the diagram can
be found at the bottom of this page.
This is the smaller room that covers the areas from Pittsburgh to
Confluence. You can see Pittsburgh in the foreground on the
right. The truss bridge in the background is the railroad bridge
The layout is powered with NCE's PowerPro DCC system. There are
three power districts which power over 25 electrically isolated blocks.
Power is delivered to each block via #12 house wiring to a terminal strip. Wire feeders to the rails are #18 gage wires.
This is the track diagram for the layout. The names of the
individual blocks are listed along with the percent of grade. For
a larger view, click the image.