So given the cold & wet weather that has descended on Melbourne today I decided to finish off the day in the warmth of the house and begin designing the staging level for the layout.
One of the things that has been missing when we have run operating sessions has been a staging area to represent the "other" parts of the east coast and in particular the interchanges with the other railroads that are working on the layout too.
So in preparation for the end of the signal installation on the layout, I started today on the design of the staging area. It will sit below the main deck and will be accessed by either a 26" Radius Helix, or a Nolix on grade running along the back wall.
The staging area will consist of six (6) tracks and one run-around track all connected to a reversing loop. The reversing loop will allow for trains to enter staging and then run-around and enter the yard ladder closest to the loop, this will allow trains to be staged ready to head out on the next ops session.
The staging tracks will all be PECO Code 100 - Streamline. The helix will be 26" Radius, 52" Diameter, 2.27% Grade, 4" height between each deck, 6 Rings in total and will be 24" in height. The staging deck will be plywood top and simple L type legs supported onto the concrete floor and secured to the timber wall framing. Underneath this will be storage.