Santa Fe Industrial Railroad

Track Plan

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Overall Plan:                 

Individual areas are expanded below. The thin brown lines indicate module boundaries. Thicker blue lines are the main line.

Area A: Armstrong Street Industrial Area

Blowup of right side:

Industries are Interchange (16 cars), Grain Elevator (16 cars), Plastics Co. (10 cars), Swanson Foods (15 cars), unloading dock (1 car) and Furniture Co. (2 cars).

Major customers, the Grain Elevator, Interchange Tracks and Swanson Foods have enough traffic to support their own local freight. Only the front of Swanson building #3 is modeled. The tracks actually extend into the closet for greater capacity. The clean out track can also service as an "off spot" track.

The grain elevator track can serve 9 cars. Next to it, there is an "off spot" track to hold 7 more cars.

Note that I included two run around tracks to give the "feel" of a heavy industrial area. These tracks will be well used to hold pulls while spots are being switched.

The structure in the lower right corner is a background building for a furniture company. The height of this building (four stories) is used to disguise the open in the wall for the mainline.

I was not pleased with the original design I drew up for this area. Here is a comparison of the two:

Area B: Street Scene:

Blowup of street scene:

The only industry here is the Cannery (4 cars). There is a large department store (4 stories) in front of the main to hide its disappearance into the closet. On the right, a highway overpass fulfills this function.

Area C: 5th Street Classification Yard

Tracks (and their capacity in 40' car length) from the aisle are:

  1. Loco service lead, 12 cars, plus loco service and car repair shop ;
  2. classification track #3 (12 cars) - outbounds;
  3. classification track #2 (14 cars) - to Area A;
  4. classification track #1 (16 cars) - to Area E;
  5. arrival/departure track (13 cars);
  6. mainline (15 cars);
  7. freight house (4 cars), house track (4 cars) and icing track (8 cars);
  8. industrial siding (4 cars) and its switchback lead.

Note that the car shops, which has a height of 10", is used up front to disguise the hole into the closet for the mainline and switching lead. A highway overpass is used to suggest the yards tracks extend further. The station has served is purpose and is now used as a yard office. The old house track remains and is periodically used as a team track.

Area D: Ellison Avenue Industrial and Area E: Staging

Industries are Publishing Co. (2 cars), Furniture Co. (2 cars), Flour Mill (2 cars), Pump Distributor ( 1 car), Warehouse (3 cars), Cement (4 cars), Team Track (4 cars) and a Grocery Distributor (10 cars).

The Grocery Distributor is a major customer and may warrant a local freight for it alone. The structure can unload five cars at a time and an additional "off spot" track holds five more. To make switching more delicable, certain commodities must be spotted at certain doors. Moreover, any perishables must be unloaded first. This industry will be tricky to switch because the lead to the left of the run around track is unfortunately short.

Area D is a staging yard for cars ... not trains. I would love to have at least double the capacity. One person, at the LDSig display of this layout in Toronto 2003, suggested putting the staging underneath area A. That would leave D available for another industrial area.

In working this idea out, I would need to store trains ... not just cars. Some of the increased capacity is needed for two locos per train. However, if D was used for industries, more cars would be needed to feed them. As it worked out, the number of cars in the hidden staging option to meet the industrial requirements would be less than that designed above. Moreover, hidden tracks, turnouts with limited access, more complex construction and an already tight aisle resulted in keeping to the original design. 

Last updated:  10/14/2004