Layout Design SIG

The 2007 NJ LDSIG Meet!

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Start Time
Finish Time
Function
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Registration
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Introductions of Attendees
10:00 AM
11:00 AM

Updates from Previous layout Design presented.

Showing progress made in the last 2 years (many of these layouts discussed will be open for Tours in the evening)

11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Built it for Bud! Layout design Contest

This will be a layout design contest; the entries from attendees will be shown and discussed here at the meeting. Download the drawings. CadRail, DXF, PDF

12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
2:00 PM

Panel discussion – LDE's – More than just a track plan.  Tony Koester and other layout owners will talk about how they used LDE’s in their designs.

2:00 PM
3:00 PM

Clinic "From Start to Finish an Operating Layout"

OpSIG President Phil Monat will give a talk on planning, building and running an operating layout from soup to nuts. (Tentative)

3:00 PM
4:30 PM

Open Mike / Help Desk

Attendees will have time to make brief presentations on their own plans and ask for assistance, and several LDSIG members will be available to help attendees with one-on-one design advice. Bring your plans, photos and materials.
A digital projector and computer capable of showing Power point presentations will be available. Please keep presentations down to 10-20 minutes or less so others may also have a chance to speak.

4:30 PM
6:00 PM
Dinner (On your own)
6:00 PM
9:00 PM
Layout Tours

Current Layout on tour (Subject to change):

Town
Owner
Railroad
Scale
Period
Clifton
Craig Bisgeier
Housatonic Railroad
HO
1892
Bloomingdale
Ted DiIorio
Lehigh and Hudson River
N
1954
South Plainfield
Ralph Heiss
Lehigh Valley Harbor Terminal RR
HO
1956

Newton

Tony Koester
St. Louis Division of the Nickel Plate Road
HO
1954
Sparta
Ted  Pamperin
Chesapeake & Ohio / Mann's Creek Railways
HO
1937
Clifton
David Ramos
New York Harbor Railroad
HO
1947
Newton
Perry Squier
Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern RR
HO
1923
Carlstadt
CLUB
New York Society of Model Engineers
HO /O
 

Layout Descriptions, Open House Times and Day:

St. Louis Division of the Nickel Plate Road

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Sunday 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

 

Tony Koester's HO layout is set in the the fall of 1954 when steam  still ruled the St. Louis Division of the Nickel Plate Road. The roughly 30 x 60-foot railroad is multi-deck with a 500-foot mainline run through nine towns and small cities in west-central Indiana and  east-central Illinois. The main line is operational, one yard and an associated soybean plant are largely complete, and Tony is just starting to add passing tracks, interchanges, and industrial sidings elsewhere on the railroad. He uses NCE's DCC system, and steam and diesel locomotives are equipped with sound decoders. Very little scenery is finished, but layout cosmetics -- lighting, carpeting,  
backdrops, etc. -- are largely complete.

 

Chesapeake & Ohio / Mann's Creek Railways

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Sunday 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

 

Chesapeake & Ohio / Mann's Creek Railways Set in 1937, Ted's  450 sq ft HO layout depicts the C&O railroad between Hawks Nest, WV  on the New River Sub and Allegheny, VA.  A co-feature is the Mann's Creek narrow  gauge logging and coal hauling railroad that interchanges with the C&O at  Sewell, WV.  Thurmond and Hinton are  the other featured design elements.  Track work is 90  percent complete and to the degree practical, is prototypically accurate.  Scenery is not yet commenced. Sound equipped locomotives are controlled by a  wireless NCE DCC system. An interesting approach to lighting and the use of  unusual building materials maybe of interest.

  

Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern RR

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Sunday 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

 

I model the Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern RR in 1923 which was mainly a coal hauling line carrying bituminous coal from the Shawmut coal fields in west central Pa. to an interchange with the DL&W at Wayland N.Y. I operate with NCE digital control and am presently converting all engines with Tsunami decoders. Operation is controlled by time table and train orders.

 

Lehigh and Hudson River

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Saturday 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

 

Lehigh and Hudson River Railway in N-Scale, spring 1954. 12x18 also with 2x10 branchline (NYSW).  Modeled portion between Andover Jct.- Warrick, NY.  3 active interchanges, one at Andover Jct., one at Sparta Jct. and one at Franklin Jct. Code 55 track and turnouts, NCE DCC system.  Active mole style staging yards representing Hudson Yard, Maybrook Yard, and DL&W's Port Morris Yard.  NYSW (Susquehanna) branch is from Franklin Jct. to the Sterling Mines. Trackwork 98% complete, 5% scenery.  Layout is operational, though no formal operating sessions have been held yet.

 

New York Harbor Railroad

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Saturday 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

(Will not be open on the snow date)

 

The New York Harbor Railroad is an HO scale representation of railroading in New York City during 1947.  Being modeled are: The New York Central’s 30th Street Yard, Terminal Stores and the West Side Freight Line; The Erie Railroad’s 28th Street Carfloat yard; The Lehigh Valley’s 27th Street yard.  As of December 2006 the construction is about %40 done.  Final plans for the Lehigh Valley have been drawn up as well as for the St. John’s Park on the West Side Freight Line.  All but the Staging “Mole” yard is hand laid track. The layout is controlled by NCE DCC.

 

Lehigh Valley Harbor Terminal RR

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Saturday 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM

 

Ralph Heiss' Lehigh Valley Harbor Terminal Layout represents the LVRR's river front yard located on New York Harbor, and set in the timeframe of the late 1948-1958 in Jersey City, NJ. The range of era allows for certain operational aspects that did not coexist with each other, such as passenger operations along side certain post-1950 equipment, as well as the availability of operational info that he has been able to compile regarding operations.
Operations will center around the yard and its heavy carfloat, lighterage traffic and industrial switching that was the reason for this terminal. The layout is a pure terminal operation with no mainline running or provisions for continuous operation. Signature structures will include 4 float bridges, 4 piers, two yards and two 10 foot long industrial branches, separated by a backdrop.
The layout occupies approximately a 24X11 space, with active staging on both ends of the layout. The CNJ is also represented by a separate industrial branch that also served this area of Jersey City.
Some of the unorthodox construction materials/techniques used by Ralph include 2 inch pink foam insulation board across the entire layout for the subroadbed, and a vinyl material used for sink/tub backsplashes for creating the backdrop that coves easily, takes paint well, and is slightly more robust than styrene.
The trackwork will be a mixture of Peco and Atlas turnouts, and Atlas and ME Code 83 track.
Layout control will be provided by both Dynatrol (LVRR) and DC (CNJ) systems.
Currently all benchwork is complete, but track work and scenery are yet to begin as of this writing (12/18)

 

Housatonic Railroad

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Saturday 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

 

This multi-deck, single track prototype layout is designed
to replicate the Danbury & Norwalk Division of the Housatonic Railroad,
which later became part of the Berkshire Division of the New Haven Railroad.

The 1892 Housatonic Railroad layout features many items of interest for
modelers, including the use of wooden I-beams to support layour benchwork, grid
benchwork built from ripped-plywood lumber, masonite spline sub-roadbed,
thin-section upper level construction, barrel-bolt switch throws, oil-painted
styrene sheet backdrops, operations-related electronics projects and more.

Begun in late 2003, the layout is about 60% completed (benchwork and track) and
about 5% scenery. The DCC command control system is installed and operational,
and operations began in January 2007. Car forwarding will utilize a standard
car card and waybill system, and train control accomplished under timetable and
train order rules.

 

New York Society of Model Engineers

OPEN HOUSE HOURS

Saturday 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

 

NYSME was originally organized in 1926 in New York City. In its early years, the organization moved to and from various locations throughout Manhattan. In the early 1940's, the organization moved to the Lackawanna's Hoboken Terminal. However, during the mid-1950's the organization moved to its current location in Carlstadt, NJ.

At our present location, our organization features two operating model railroad displays. One railroad, The Union Connecting, models two rail O-Scale. (1/4" to the foot) The other railroad, The Union, Hoboken, and Overland, models HO scale. (1/8" to the foot).

NYSME holds two public exhibitions of the layouts around Christmas time and in the early spring. However the club does hold a work sessions every Wednesday night starting around 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come by but there is no guarantee that any trains will be operating.

 

Local Hotels

Hotel
Address
Phone Number
Web page
Regency House Hotel & Suites
140 Route 23 North - Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
(973) 696 0900
http://www.regencyhousehotel.com/

 

Please e-mail questions to: LDSIG2007-reg@yahoo.com

Updated: February 21, 2007 11:49 PM