RURAL VALLEY
An HO switching layout by Alain Joigneau

History

This layout is installed in my garage and represents a small "branch line" of the Santa Fe. It does not evoke any specific area but was destined to recreate an atmosphere, or, rather, the idea I had of deep rural America. The smallness of the premises, not allowing to turn a train, I had to make a simple switching layout do. At one end is installed a hidden yard, under a staircase, allowing to store three trains. At the yard output, a short length of tangent track, in an area currently being scenicked, precedes the yard, itself being constituted of three tracks so that a train can be parked without interfering with the switching moves of another one.

Some facts about the layout

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Alain Joigneau
Scale HO
Theme Santa Fe branch line
Size 5,10 m x 0,60 m (17 ft x 2 ft - visible part) , 2,00 m x 0,30 m (7 ft x 1 ft - hidden yard)
Height of the layout 1,10 m (3 ft 8 in)
Structure L Girder
Track and switches Micro-Engineering / Central Valley code 55 and 70
Minimum radius r=52 cm (1 ft 9 in)
Maximum grade 2 %
Layout control DCC (Lenz)

Design / Track plan

At right is a miniature plan of the layout.
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The main layout structure has been made following the L-girder technique.
The track has been made of Micro-Engineering code 70 and 55 track. The turnouts are kits from Central Valley that are activated by Tortoise switch machines. All buildings are made of either wood, cardboard or styrene and build according to plans and/or photographs of real structures.

All engines are fitted with DCC decoders. Some have been reworked and super-detailed.
All rolling stock is equipped with Kadee couplers ; a number of them were assembled from Tichy kits or are the result of heavy kitbashing.

Traffic is controlled by a set of cards allowing to assign a destination to each car, which allows to add some interest on this modest setup.

A few pictures...

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1. General Views


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Photo #1 (181 Ko)

Rural Valley.

General view of the installations.


Photo #2 (122 Ko)

Rural Valley.

Looking towards the interchange

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Photo #3 (163 Ko)

Rural Valley.

The "local" is coming to town...


Photo #4 (147 Ko)

Rural Valley.

Waiting...

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Photo #5 (91 Ko)

Rural Valley.

Switching, late afternoon...

2. Local industries


Photo #6 (101 Ko)

Feed Mill

One of the largest industries in Rural Valley

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Photo #7 (126 Ko)

Feed Mill

Another view of this imposing industrie.


Photo #8 (99 Ko)

Wayne Feeds elevator

The other of the two large industries in Rural Valley

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Photo #9 (107 Ko)

Wayne Feeds elevator

An ordinary day around Wayne Feeds elevator.


Photo #10 (114 Ko)

S.J. Young & Sons coal.

Arrival of a new coal load at the Rural Valley coal dealer

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Photo #11 (117 Ko)

Agway Feed mill

Many activities around this Feed Mill and the grade crossing along it

3. Details


Photo #12 (136 Ko)

The Country store

It's still too early ! Patience until the Country Store opens...

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Photo #13 (163 Ko)

Warehouse

Rather quiet, today, at the Warehouse !


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Fishing prohibited

Illicit fishers are of interest to the Sheriff. It's not gonna be fun !

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Video

Below is a video of this layout made by Claude Doussot (lasting about 26 min.) Don't hesitate to visualize it in full screen (and 720p quality) for a better image :


To be continued...

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Photos by Alain Joigneau
Last update : 05/22/2013
© 2011, Alain Joigneau
2013, Claude Doussot