Current Layout Design

To view the design of the previous layout please visit: Previous Layout

The layout was designed in XTrkCAD as was the previous layout. Prior to designing the actual track plan a diagram of the room was first developed. As this train room was significantly different in shape the layout concept had to change. 

Also many lessons were learned in the design from the previous layout. This layout eliminated a element that plagued the old layout, a duck under.  The layout does still have a duck under however it is five feet off the ground.

Several things were learned from the construction of the previous layout.
  1.    No Crossings were used on the mainline
  2.    A more linear point-to-point concept was used to facilitate operations
    1. The layout still has the capability to run continuously
  3.    A larger helix is needed to run longer equipment (passenger and 6 axle locomotives
  4.    Minimum radius on the mainline is 30" instead of 26"
  5.    Staging is important
With these design consideration taken into account the new Colorado Front Range Railroad was designed.

The Staging level consists of eight staging tracks and a reverse loop. The loop is used to flip trains between operating sessions.
Three trains can staged for each direction of travel on the layout with an two tracks designated as inbound tracks.

The lower level has the main yard (North Yard) as well as three major switching locations. The layout starts out going in a counterclockwise direction and reverse around the helix and heads clockwise. Trains gain 8 inches in elevation when they leave the helix/yard and enter the helix to the upper level of the layout.

The three switching areas (other than the Main Yard) represented are Pecos Street, Commerce City, and Wheat ridge. While these towns are real places the tracks are freelance and do not actually follow a prototype route.

The image to the left is an artistic rendering of what the scenery may look like when the layout gets to that stage. The lower level represents the eastern half of the layout and has only light rolling hills. The mountains around Golden are on upper level.  



The upper level represents the Western half of the layout. This includes the towns of Arvada, Golden, and Clear Creek. The Coors Brewery is also represented as a large part of the upper level.  The center peninsula houses the rail-served brewing complex. The left side serves as the Coors Yard and interchange point. Above the Helix is the actual town of Golden. Clear Creek and Arvada are on the right hand side of the layout.

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