So, the idea of fully removing his HO scale layout has been a roadblock for my friend and his dreams of modeling the area around Watsonville, CA in O scale. However, a shelf in his layout space that was originally intended to be used as a second deck to the layout that never really fully materialized is available and continuing to draw inspiration from the same location, I sketched out a plan to fit that space.
The plan was roughly drawn, and then refined a bit. It’s by no means as “whole” as the previous plan, but still offers some interesting challenges to a crew working at this location.
The main focus here is the moving of reefers into and out of packing houses along with other equipment that would serve those, like boxcars full of crates, gondolas of scrap lumber, possibly inbound ice to the ice house and reefers for icing. There is room for another small industry to the lower-right hand side (near the front edge of the shelf) possibly a team track, and a larger industry on a switchback near the back. As I drew this, I envisioned a town along a branch that has a train coming in, working, moving left to right and leaving or interchanging with another railroad on the right hand side where additional cars could come from or go to connect to the outside world.
Once he saw this plan, Bill excitedly named a couple of changes. The large industry with the switchback was deemed to be a good location for yet more packing houses, and the track I had envisioned as an interchange was deemed to be perfect as a lead to a not-modeled sugar beet processor.
If I was to continue working on this plan, it would certainly get some adjusting to the tracks for Sunkist. The curves there are wonky and I was having trouble with the CAD to straighten them out. A few other adjustments could be made, but this plan has a good deal of operation potential in a single town, and could easily keep a crew of two or three people busy for an evening.