I feel like my N scale version of this layout has been a real success. I’ve operated it a few times now and think the layout concept has really proven itself. It is easy to set up quickly and challenging enough to switch cars on to be entertaining. It’s confession time though. I’ve packed the N scale version and the other N scale micro, Prince Street, away. I couldn’t resist the siren call of my HO scale tank engines and box cabs any longer. The Model Railway Warehouse still sell their steeplecab kit and I want one. Perhaps too it’s the regular exposure I get to HO during the great weekly operating sessions hosted by my friends.
Over the weekend I put together a foam baseboard and printed a HO scale version of the plan. In the six by thirty inch space I’m using things are tight. With some pleasurable compromise I can make it work, though I may need to give in and stretch the layout to thirty-six inches in length to really support the fiddle yard. Here’s some progress photos from today.
Once I have the fiddle yard sorted out I’ll start building track. I’ll be continuing with handlaid track. I’m really attracted to the Proto 87 finescale work and will try and move closer to that direction in attempting at least a finer scale approach. Track will use tiny code 55 rails which work out pretty close to the 76 pound rails the prototype railroads in and around the New York waterfront used.