Eric's O-Scale Layout
On this page you can find information about my layout, The Appalachian & Western Railroad. You can also keep up the progress of the layout by watching my video train blog series and also via Twitter and Facebook.
Videos of the Layout:
Here you can check out the layout update videos that I make about once or twice per year. The most recent video immediately below. Beneath that, you will find the most recent FULL LAYOUT TOUR video, and then beneath that you'll find older videos. To view any video, simply click on the video you want to watch and it will begin playing. Double clicking on a video, will allow you to watch the full size version. Between the making of the larger layout update videos, I produce a series of video train blog episdoes which document a lot of the day to day and month to month progress on the layout. You can find the video train blog series on my video page.
Layout Size: Since my layout is spread out over several rooms, it's easier to measure its size in square feet. That said, the layout will be approximately 400 sq. feet. If you we're to put all the sections together, that would equate to roughly a 20'x20' table.
Layout Style: Prototypical operation, fictional setting.
Layout Theme: A modern themed diesel powered layout. The majority of the layout will be set in the southeast United States. The bottom left back room will be the "Colorado" room and will have a more western look and feel. My description of the theme will get more detailed as the layout comes together.
Track: Atlas O 3-Rail track, switches and turntables.
Command systems: MTH DCS and Lionel TMCC.
Power: At present, 4 180-watt Lionel Powerhouse bricks.
Minimum radius curve: O-63 (Only in the yard)
Most commonly used curve: O-72
Maximum radius curve: O-90
Height: Main level is 47 inches off the floor. 2nd level is 58 inches off the floor.
Layout Track Plan
Here's a computer trackplan for the layout. This trackplan has been slightly altered in certain places as I've started to lay track, but you can get a general idea of the plan. Click on the photo below to view the full size image.
Dark Green Lines = Table outline
Bark Blue Lines = Walls/Doors
Red/Gray Track = Main level track
Blue Track = Upper level track
Yellow Track = On30 Junk Yard line