With a certain comfort level reached now in my research of Cincinnati and the industries I’ve selected to model, it’s time to start drawing a track plan for that portion of the layout.
If you watch model railroading video’s online, you’re probably aware of Model Railroader Video Plus. I watch several sources, but I bring up MRVP because of the planning series that David Popp has been doing on the C&NW in Crystal Lake, IL. My research of Cincinnati and his on Crystal Lake have been nearly parallel for their locations, and it’s been fun to see how close my path is to his. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things as well that I’m adopting. (This link should take you to Part 1 of the series: http://mrv.trains.com/how-to/benchwork/2018/10/how-to-library-designing-a-layout-part-1-research)
One thing I learned from the most recent installment on starting to actually draw a track plan was about an architects ruler. I’d never considered using anything other than my track planning template that I treasure. However, Mr Popp’s use of the architects ruler allows for drawing in other scales, not modeling scales, but scale reductions, other than the 1/2″ = 1″ that I’ve been used to. Drawing bigger seems really appealing to me.
I found a reasonably priced version out of aluminum that also came with a new metal ruler. Having added those two new things to my tool toolkit for track planning, I’m excited to get started. Over the next few weeks, I plan to work on getting at least a first pass drawing done, and will be looking forward to sharing it with you.