Well, I am only a little frustrated right now, since I had this entire post ready to submit and I accidentally closed the browser window. so here is the second draft.......
Well I am nearly ready to start construction on my first Gn15 layout, the Wildcat Brewing Co, a fictional brewery. It will be a 15” (obviously
) industrial line that runs throughout the brewery. I am starting with a 4’x5’ baseboard that I had built as the start to an abandoned On30 logging layout. My plan will be 3’x5’ with a 1’x5’ staging area behind it. Because I am an Architect, or maybe just because I am simply crazy (not sure which yet) I am designing the whole brewery complex in the art deco style. The brewery is to have been built in 1934 immediately after the end of prohibition.
Here is the plan……
The dark grey areas represent the backdrop, medium grey represents the paved areas of the yard and the light great areas are loading docks. The small building to the lower left of the plan is a small locomotive, railroad car repair shed. The Admin building, where all employees clock in and out at the begging and end of each shift, to the lower right has a water tower on the roof, and a water treatment facility and passenger station on the ground floor. The green areas represent the “yard”, a gravel/grassy unkempt area that has paved/gravel paths criss-crossing from building to building.
While planning the layout, I also put some thought into the operation of the layout. A system of random car assignment will place various cars at loading docks, and then a system (which has not yet been devised) will determine the order and final destination of car movements.
A typical operating session would begin with a passenger train leaving the station and delivering employees to their respective buildings. Then a series of random car movements will take place. These include but are not limited to
1. Water tank car going from treatment facility to the brewhouse
2. Supplies such as barley, hops and yeast being moved to the brewhouse
3. Large beer kegs moved to aging/bottling
4. Small beer kegs (for smaller batch craft beers) moved to bottling facility
5. Crates of bottled beer moved to warehouse
6. Random loco breakdowns requiring replacement engine, and towing broken engine to repair facility
7. Work train with tools and machine parts taking parts to broken brewery equipment
At the end of each shift the passenger train will again make the rounds in order to take employees back to the admin building, where they can clock out and enjoy the fruits of their labor. (fresh cold beer)
I have also designed what the three main buildings will look like….
The brewhouse will be tan/beige stucco with blue accents while the warehouse will be made white stucco with blue trim. The Bottling facility will be semi-gloss blue tile and tan/beige stone tiles with aluminum trim. The blank white areas represent doors that I am still designing to fit the art deco theme. The very pale blue areas are glass block/windows.
Hopefully you Gnatterboxers will have criticism/ ideas/ questions/ comments that you would be willing to share if you think there is a way to improve my design. I have printed out a full size copy of the plan and have placed it on the baseboard.
Once Steve gets me my davenport conversion and wagons (Hopefully he hurries since the anticipation is killing me
), and the On30 track I have ordered arrives I will temporarily lay the track and turnouts out and make sure things work as I think they will. Once that I is done and clearances are checked, I will begin permanently laying track and start construction of buildings.
I have posted higher resolution copies of the plan and elevation on my flickr page if anyone is interested. They can be found here…
Have a great day everyone,