A step by step guide to designing the most versatile of all model railroad types Learn how to set priorities, pick the best bench work shape, design secondary track, set scenery zones, choose the best industries, and Two bonus track plans included Concepts can be applied to layouts of all sizes....
|Title||:||How To Design A Small Switching Layout|
|Number of Pages||:||371 Pages|
|File Size||:||581 KB|
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How To Design A Small Switching Layout Reviews
Mindheim represents a bold new point of view when it comes to model railroading. Instead of grand layouts that focus on gimmicks, grand scenery, or other staples of the "Toy Train" universe, Lance embraces the true simulation of prototype railroading.
In a model railroad publishing world dominated by few players, it must be a challenge to get a book such as this published. Looking up something else, I stumbled across this title and became interested because of the reference to "switching layout" on the cover. The related prototype photo of Belt Railway of Chicago EMD SW-1500 heavy-duty switcher locomotives on the cover also was appealing. Growing up a railfan, I gravitated toward railroad operations involving yard, interchange, and industrial switching. Likewise, starting many years ago, I also gravitated towards model railroading that mostly involved those switching operations. The author does not promote yards on a model railroad, but at least allows for them if that is where one's interest lies. So, for me, decent yards are mandatory, because of my interests. In disagreement with the author, I recommend a run-around crossover within a yard, so as to be able to pull a train into the yard, uncouple the locomotive(s), and then back around the train, allowing the train to be switched from the rear end. Ideally, there should be a yard at each end of a "main line" track run, along with other yards around major industries and interchanges. I do appreciate the "scenery-only zones" in the book, if the modeler has the room for that. More important in a switching layout are the industrial spurs leading to various industries to give reason for all the freight and allow for interesting operation. Here, the author's chapter, "Industry Selection and Planning" may be the best part of the book. On another point, the recommended #6 turnouts are great if one has the room, but #4s are not a problem with industrial spurs and other switching areas. I have used #6s on my "main line" and a belt line, but mostly used #4s elsewhere with no problems. Don't forget with this type of layout, you don't necessarily want to eliminate all "switchman's nightmare" industrial spurs, as this type of operation is part of the operating fun, as opposed to the author's point-of-view. I would not build a switching layout just for space constraints, but if you, as a model railroader, enjoy switching industries, yards, interchanges, etc. with suitable locomotives, this type of layout may be for you. This book is helpful in several ways, but like any such publication, must be used in conjunction with the reader/modeler's areas of interest.
This is a great book for those who are interested in creating a switching layout. Such a layout type is not for everyone, but if it is, then this book is something that I would consider. Why? Mindheim offers the reader advice on how to structure a switching layout that is realistic, fun to operate, and visually pleasing. He does this in a clear way that is easily accessible for the beginner. As a result, I would suggest this for anyone interested in making such a layout.
I simply can't recommend this book enough. This is the fourth book of Lance Mindheim's that I have purchased, and it is well worth it. Rather than simply showing off a bunch of track plans, this book teaches you, step-by-step, how to actually design a quality switching layout. The principles are very well explained and easy to understand. As my old sergeant would say, Mr. Mindheim "breaks it down Barney-style" so that even the beginning model railroader will quickly pick up on these tried and tested design methods. The hobby needs more books like this one. I can't wait to design and build my next switching layout!
Wow. I held off on buying this book for a long time because I had sooo many layout planning books, track plan books etc. Am I ever glad I bought it! This is the first book on planning I have read that actually shows you how to plan a model railroad. Most of the other books have great ideas, but they fall short in actually showing you how to get to the nitty-gritty of figuring out what goes where and why.