Durango & Jasper track plan and build
First time poster, been lurking for a while. Am about to get started laying track on a modest size logging/mining 1:20.3 railroad, the Durango & Jasper (sounds more railroady then Donna & Jim :-)).
As part of relandscaping our new house to be more drought tolerant (California before this winter), we decided to add a raised planter surrounding a couple of sitting areas just outside of our dining room/bedroom. The train will be in the raised planter to minimize knee wear and tear and make it easier for all to see.
Here's the landscape architect's plan for the backyard, with her vague track plan (not the real one) inside the planter:
The left circular area will have a mine and sawmill, the right a town, the middle will have a logging area with spar tree.
Here's a view of the finished planter (with rough grading for track):
Here's the track plan:
I'm using code 250 aluminum track and turnouts from Llagas Creek. Strictly battery power using Airwire.
There are a few producers/consumers of traffic here: logging area to sawmill, sawmill to town, mine to stamp mill in town. However this is a pretty small layout and I anticipate a fair bit of traffic to be going around the ~120' mainline.
I'll post some pictures of a cardboard mockup of the track on the raw dirt soon. Things are still a bit fungible so any comments are super welcome.