A couple of blog posts ago, I shared vintage personal trackplans that were discovered when clearing old files. I had drawn these in the late 1970s during my high school years. Shortly after the post appeared, I found a thin notebook with a few versions of the last layout plan featured on that post. In addition to the trackplans, there were numerous small structure drawings such as the one that leads this post. I had completely forgotten about these details.
This sketch illustrates ideas for one end of the layout. Several small industry footprints are noted on the sketch as I planned the layout. These sketches were scanned much larger than the original size.
These industrial structures were planned for the footprints in the layout space noted above. In reviewing these forty years later, I think I had some difficulties with spatial relationships. Two or three structures would fit the space but probably not all of them.
This is the line schematic for that layout. Part was the narrow gauge Tide & Western while the rest was the standard gauge Indiana County Short Line. This may have been drawn in planning for a control panel. I did not realize I drew track schematics back then.
Today, I draw track schematics from prototype maps and documents as an early layout design step. These straight line drawings help me understand rail elements for a layout design without the curves or features of local topography.
The drawing above is just a portion of a larger schematic drawn recently. It is part of the planning efforts for my next layout. ICC valuation maps of the line were used to create much of the new drawing. These historic plat maps were also helpful to locate streets, bridges, and structures.
St Louis RPM
I attended the recent St Louis RPM and had a great time. It was a different mix from most RPM events with a relaxed atmosphere. I likened it to summer camp experience, where many RPM events have more of an academic conference feel. I like both but St Louis was a breezy was to recharge my hobby energy. Here’s a gallery of images I snapped at the meet.
Additional thoughts on the St Louis RPM can be found on the Resin Car Works blog.
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