Part of my RPM Chicagoland presentation this year is showing off the track plan for Merced. Part of getting ready to show the plan, talk to people about it, and demonstrate my design ideas has been to get a 1:1 drawing made the plan.
Those of you who have read my track planning posts before know I greatly prefer to plan in full size. It’s visually easier for me to stand next to a set of turnout templates and visualize what I want the plan to look like. One of the biggest challenges in changing scale, or in planning a layout in general, is knowing the scale of structures to layout, and making all of that approximate the visual appearance of photographs, especially when prototype modeling.
As part of my own visual planning, and to illustrate the layout to others, I have printed drawings (or pmts of them) for structures from Merced, and a couple of pieces of YV equipment, YV26 and YV15 locomotive and caboose, to help with demonstrating locations and sizes. I glued the drawings to sheets of foam board that will be cut out and have stands attached to allow the drawings to stand on the track plan.
One of the challenges with this plan is that it’s BIG. It’s big enough that I have been having a challenge photographing the whole thing to share here. When I get to the RPM, my hope is that as I post this plan on the walls to give presentations, or unroll it to share with others, I can get some better photos.
There’s lots to do, but the visual assistance provided by these drawings for planning is immensely helpful. I can show others what scenes will look like, and get some idea of the vision I have in my head is and see if it is coming together in 3D as I build.