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My new O-scale switching layout is loosely based on the Fort Smith Railroad, one of the lines owned by the Pioneer Railcorp. Nick, I may not have posted much yet, but I closely followed the discussion of the small group of O-scalers here.
A first overall shot of the layout … still waiting for the spikes to arrive to finish trackwork.
Kurt, the layout is looking spectacular, truly blown away by the craftsmanship in that track.
In the diagram and in the photo, there does not appear to be enough room for the locomotive and 1 car at either end of the passing siding (outermost switches).  How do you get the cars pictured in the diagram out? Our 15th project railroad has a number of differences from our previous model railroad layouts. Purpose – a small switching layout for display and operation at Train Shows and other events. Although there are lots of good track planning programs available, I prefer to design small layouts using actual track pieces laid out at the final size of the railroad.
Small structures were selected for the front to not block the view of the tracks or the buildings in the back. This layout will go to Train Shows so that the public can run it – learn about operation, switch cars, see how it was built, and ask questions.
DCC control was selected for the layout as we can demonstrate how it works, and allows the public to learn and experience what DCC does hands-on. Make sure to check out the close-up photos of each of the Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV.

If you would like to build a railroad like this one, please see the Track Plan and Parts Lists for the home version Gateway Central XV.
The other project railroads were given away each year, we plan to keep this one (at least for a few years). This helps the planning considerably, since I have a tendency to pack as much railroad as possible into the space. The front structures were placed at the corners leaving the middle open to reach in to throw the turnouts and uncouple cars. We even plan on using it for switching contests – four cars on the layout is fairly easy, six or seven cars gets very interesting. The engine has a SoundTraxx (sound) decoder installed so visitors can ring the bell and blow the whistle.
I will build it with some minor changes to adapt it to my needs and to make it look more interesting. Those locomotives are right up my alley- rebuilt first generation power still chugging in the 21st century.
I had laid it on a corkbed and could easily cut the cork with the track on it from the plywood base.
The other project railroads had a loop in the plan so the trains could go round and round, this one is purely a switching layout and doesn’t have a continuous running option. Some were too complex to switch for the average person walking up at a Train Show (the idea, after all, is to have fun with the layout). I also like to mock-up the buildings using parts from the kit taped together to make sure they look appropriate and will fit in the space available (photocopies of the wall sections taped together would work as well).

The background structures line the rear edge of the layout, with the largest in the middle. This is obviously overkill for a home layout, but great for a layout that travels around and is occasionally dropped.
An entry-level Digitrax Zephyr (DCS 50) throttle was selected which connects with two wires to the layout.
On my layout it will house a big food processing plant, which will allow me to use covered hoppers, boxcars and tankcars. And this one was designed to be really small, so it will sit on a table at train shows and easily move in the back seat of any car.
The final design features five industrial structures, six car setout spots, and six #4 turnouts – and with some construction, operation and parts selection tricks made it in at just shy of four feet in length. The two back corners required kitbashed structures to suit the locations, but the structures selected are easy to customize this way. Our Train Show version weighs just over 13 pounds and has a handle on back to carry it around.
The track was also attached with carpenter’s glue (just make sure not to put any under the moving parts of the turnouts).
If you want to build a version of this railroad for a home layout, I would recommend the slightly longer (and easier to operate and build) version shown on the track plan page.

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