August 19, 2015
Why am I discussing expanding the Aquia Line when I haven't finished the Port of LA Project Layout? I have been updating the talk I will be giving at the Portland NMRA Convention next week. The final part of my layout update talk is about future plans including possible expansion plans for the Aquia Line.
Notice I said "possible," as there are also some other ideas I'd like to try too. But for now, here is a plan that shows the Aquia Line layout expanded to occupy the same benchwork footprint as the PoLA Layout.
There is an immediate implication of this potential expansion. That is, I would not build Burnside's Wharf in the current planned location. Instead, I would just add two stub tracks where the wharf was originally planned, as shown in this expanded plan.
This plan adds a longer run between Aquia Landing and Burnside's Wharf, closer to the actual prototype distance. It also allows for more room to model ships at Burnside's wharf. There is space to display the ironclad Passaic at anchor off shore, perhaps with a tug or gun boat escort. Although I have almost completed the Passaic model, I decided not to place it at the wharf at Aquia Landing. It just doesn't belong there. Being anchored off the shore is a much more logical spot for the ironclad warship.