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.
This is what the old layout benchwork looks like. The new layout was recycled from the 2x4 modules used on previous layouts.
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.
No Crossings were used on the mainline
A more linear point-to-point concept was used to facilitate operations
The layout still has the capability to run continuously
A larger helix is needed to run longer equipment (passenger and 6 axle locomotives
Minimum radius on the mainline is 30" instead of 26"
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 in the South Santa Fe yard and a reverse loop. The loop is used to flip trains between operating sessions. Brighton Yard has four staging tracks.
The lower level has the main yard (North Yard) as well as three major switching locations. The layout starts out Either in North Yard or South Santa Fe Staging. They head west towards golden or North towards Commerce City.
The three switching areas (other than the Main Yard) represented are Burnham Shops, Commerce City, and South Platte. While these towns are real places the tracks are freelance and do not actually follow a prototype route.
The upper level represents the Western half of the layout. This includes the towns of Arvada, Fairmont and Golden. The Coors Brewery is also represented as a large part of the upper level. The center peninsula houses the rail-served brewing complex. The ride side serves as the Coors Yard and interchange point. Above the Helix is the Coors Brewery. Golden is on the top level of the back room.