The "new" San Miguel Railway
As most of you know by now, I had to dismantle the last incarnation of the San Miguel that I had just started. I needed to free up space in this room for my son and a 3X6 table with shelf extension on it that was another 2x1 was just taking up too much room. I'm also in a bit of a financial bind right now which was going to make getting a big project like that in prime operating condition problematic. There was no place to store it so it had to be dismantled.
Well, I'm down but not out! Presented for your kind consideration is the "new" San Miguel Railway. It's a bit smaller than before and one of the prerequisites is that I be a be to get it "up and going" with stuff I have on hand.
The space available to me now is 20 inches wide by 6 feet long. I know it doesn't sound much smaller than the other layout but you would be surprised at how much less space that actually is especially considering it can be placed against the wall and doesn't have to be out in the middle of the room where I can access the back of it. This was an issue with the first incarnation that was based around the original Gorre and Daphetid.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of ground breaking track planning you can do when you're limited to 3 left hand turnouts, a handful of flex and a turntable so the plan is quite simple.
It's basically an Inglenook with one more turnout added that leads to the
turntable and a track that runs behind everything at a higher level to give scenic interest. Eventuallly when the layout can be expanded, this higher track will connect to something but for now it's a "dummy" as far as operation is concerned.
Attached are two pictures, one is a crude pencil and pen drawing of the plan with scenery, bridge and building placement shown to give an idea of what I have in this crazy mind of mine and the other is my interpertation of the plan in RTS. I'm not great with RTS so this is the best I can do but at least it let's me know things will fit in the allotted space.
So there it is. I was going to continue this whole deal in my original San Miguel thread but under the circumstances, it deppressed me to look at it so I requested Roscoe close that thread for me and I'm starting fresh here.
BTW, this layout will still have a heavy John Allen influence too and it and will also eventually grow into the big "empire" I intended the original to be.
I just needed to start with something smaller and more financially attainable as the first "stage". More to come....
May the work of the incomparable John Allen
"The Wizard of Monterey" continue to live on in our hearts and minds and inspire us all!
Check out the "San Miguel RR" here
Last edited by noah_count : 01-06-2011 at 05:32 PM.