Layout Design Questionaire
Total Layout Design Questionnaire / Answers
(Questionnaire developed by John Cox of Total Layout Design and used with his permission.)
- Railroad type – Short line
- Region – Northeast
- Specific Areas – Along the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- Geography – Hills/mountains
- Landscape – Wooded forest, streams
- Population – Town/village, rural
- Time period – early 1952
- Long Mainline, lots of track, operation <+-----+-----+-‡---+-----+> Scenery realism, "purity"
- Lots of switching along the line <+-----+--‡--+-----+-----+> Trough trains / bridge route, mainline running
- Track schematic – continuous oval with peninsula
- Medium sized yard; Small yard; Hidden storage yard space; Industrial spurs, trackage; Service / RR maintenance trackage; Engine facilities steam and diesel; Local freight operations
- Mainline – single track with passing sidings, through the scene once (preferred)
- Primary operating philosophy – Switch lists
- Turnout controls – Remote controls with controls at layout edge
- Level/kind of signal system – none
- Method of controlling trains – DCC
- Number of people operating layout – 3 (mainline, main yard, industry yard)
- Minimum aisle width – 25-in.
- Yard arrangement – single ended
- Minimum turnout radius – (see table above)
- Eye level (not track height) – 64-in.
- Equipment to be operated – Medium steam (2-8-0); small lightweight switching diesel; 4-axle diesel
- Car length – 40-ft
- Turntable – as required to support turning of motive power
- Rolling stock is mostly all boxcars
- Couplers – Kadee
- Uncoupling – hand pic, with magnets in staging yard and in industrial yard on the left side.