2017-02.3: Start Small, THINK BIG - Design (pt 2)

17 Feb 2017

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36:06 - Feb 2017 Act III - Start Small, THINK BIG: Design (2017)

Miles Hale and friends build a project layout in the TrainMasters TV studio using the principles of The "One Module" Approach, also known as TOMA.  In the second segment, Model Railroad Hobbyist editor Joe Fugate rejoins Miles to discuss the design of the project. Follow the planning process as they determine the design parameters, declare layout standards, and hash out a trackplan. 

Also see:
- Episode 1: Intro - watch now!
- Episode 2: Design (this episode)
- Episode 3: Benchwork - watch now!
- Episode 4: Trackwork - watch now!
- Episode 5: Wiring - watch now!
- Episode 6: Structures - watch now!
- Episode 7: Scenery, pt 1  - watch now!
- Episode 8: Scenery, pt 2 - watch now!
- Episode 9: Adding details - watch now!
- Episode10: Operation - watch now!
- Bonus: Making grass tufts - watch now!

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Tbgarland's picture

Joe, Miles, Barry...

You can definitely tell that you guys have put a lot of thought into producing this series. And it is something the hobby needs. I built my Seaboard Central layout in sections that are bolted together with the idea if I ever move I can take it with me without minimal loss. You bring up something I will consider on my future layout I will be building in an ajoining room and that is what will fit between a standard 36" doorway. You also talk about maximum length being 7 feet which is important too. Information like this is really great for folks in the design phase.

As far as prototypical track design I would stay away from diamonds which is represented on your plan unless you are modeling a major urban area or a junction between to separate lines. A rural area would probably not utilize one to get to an industry unless it was a last resort. Also when designing a track plan if an industry requires a pull back track to access it one needs to consider making it long enough to hold the engine plus twice the number of cars the industrial track can hold. Otherwise it just becomes a timesaver puzzle. 

I am really looking forward to your next installment. You are off to a great start. 

Tim G

Finally someone really breaks it down visually on video about how to plan a model railroad. Great job guys kkeep it going. I am a newby to planning and this will help many like me. I believe I will pick up a copy of Joe's book.

Too bad this series was not started last year- Oh well, there is that chain saw?

Miles and Joe, this was a completely enjoyable video to watch - you did a great job of integrating all of your key points in a seemingly unscripted conversation.  Very natural and very informative!  Well done.

Hi Guys, Nice follow on to the start of the process and having bought the book and read it im pleased to say i didnt get lost on the radius discussion!!  The only thing i would say though is that you mentioned "Bill" has a 11 x11 room at the moment and you showed the three modules to fit that but then talked about adding a "staging" section to one end to enable better operation - Bill surely doesnt have the room for that at this stage unless he holds off on the corner unit so isnt he going to be a bit disappointed? Dean

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Hi, Dean.  The three modules fill 11' X 11', but Bill's space is 11' X 16'.  So he can squeeze in a 5' staging module, which holds about 12 cars.

Very much like the concepts your exploring in this TOMA format. Gets me thinking how to transpose TOMA princables with O scale in the creation of the new Chaffee Branch.

Thanks so very much for doing this.