The Acreage Line Layout Journal

The Acreage Line layout is an homage to the creator of the real Acreage Line, Joachim Von Reinbek. Built on Acreage Lane in the very house in which he beat Melvin Meeker and Dutch Bill Howard at poker, cementing his plans to create one of the largest personal railways ever built. The layout's main touchstones - a main line, a yard, and even the helix - echo his actual accomplishments. More entries in the months to come, as well as video, of course!
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2 • Nowhere To Go But Up

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No space in the 1300sq/ft main house, and the 700sq/ft guest house is pretty tight. What to do? Go up.

The guest house was the right place to do this, but I was loathe to completely turn over an entire room to jump trains. I'm a serial hobbyist, so trains are only one of the many toys I just between. And besides, I just wanted something on which to run my three little engines. Nothing fancy. Just a loop. Right.

If I put the loop on a shelf above the windows, I could watch my trains run around. But, I needed room for the three consists. At least some of the shelf would need multiple tracks. And what if two trains were running? I'd need a passing track. The single loop got more complicated, but still not much more than what I ever had before.

But there was the question of seeing which way the switches were set. I figured that a few judiciously placed cameras could display on that big screen. Build a shelf, cut through the bookcase, a few cameras, maybe some cove lighting, and I'd be set. I had a plan.

Or so I thought.