First up on Day 2 of "OP"toberfest - John McBride. . .
Pete and I had wangled our way into an invite to see John's layout after "OP"toberfest last year. We registered too late to operate on it, but heard so many great things about it we decided we had to at least see it. Well, John graciously agreed to have us visit - and after that visit, we decided right then and there that we'd have to register early for 2019 and have John's layout be at the top of our list.
The photos will make the reason clear...
|The first two things you need to know about John's layout: 1) It's G scale, and 2) it's indoors. Oh, and it has an operating hump yard(?!)|
|Hump on the left. Bumpers equipped with actual springs located at the end of each yard track.|
|Another view of the Hump|
|In order to fit so much G-scale RR into a standard basement, some - um - innovation was required.|
|Watching the large scale Shay operating was a real treat. And there are turntables at each end of the line to turn the engines for return trips.|
|The layout is actually on multiple levels, with two branchlines going up from the base level to service a lumber camp and a town with a saw mill.|
|Another thing you don't see in the smaller scales. This is what's necessary to rerail an engine that's gone off the track at the back of the layout. No access hatch needed.|
I mentioned earlier the treat of seeing a large-scale Shay operating.... well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a video worth? Enjoy!
If you ever get the chance to visit - or, even better, operate - on John McBride's layout, definitely do it! But beware - like me, you might just be tempted to sell off all your current RR stuff and change to G scale!