|The large size of G gauge cars and structures makes prototype layout planning difficult but not impossible|
But back to Fred's layout. He is planning a G gauge (1:22.5) layout in his garage. His objective is to have an operating layout that also allows him to do build and showcase some fine scale modeling. His concept is quite clever. He plans to use about one third of his two-car garage to create a switching layout based on the town of Black Hawk, CO on the Colorado and Southern narrow gauge railroad. His plan is not quite finished, but it is prototype based and depicts most to the railroad items of interest in the town including the station, turntable, beer distributors, ore mill, and two run-around tracks.
To fit this along one side of his garage and make it operational, he plans to add a temporary staging track at one end. That track will extend out of the garage. He will only set it up when he is operating. Thus, his layout has elements of both an indoor and outdoor layout.
The benchwork is about 21 feet long and 5 feet wide. He plans to build large, rolling storage bins under the layout to keep various household items. To provide access to the rear of the layout, he plans to mount all of the baseboards on a rollers. When needed, he would be able to pull the layout benchwork away from the wall to access the rear without disturbing the 2x4 supporting framework.
|Some of Fred's C&S Station decor|
Fred has some impressive motive power. It will be fun to watch the large scale rolling stock in action at nearly eye level. The higher layout height will also allow one to see all the impressive detail that one can model in large scale. This is going to be neat layout.
|Fred posing by the framework that will support the baseboards.|