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I’m in the planing phase for an around 3 walls freelance industrial switching layout. I prefer not to compress my industries much. I do like to know about the prototype for any given industry rather than just making them up. I have been fussing around in CAD for a while trying to find the best way to lay out the industries I thought I wanted in the space available, and not really converging on something I was happy with.
So I decided to try something completely different.
I took screen shots of the google maps satellite view of various prototype industries I’ve become familiar with in the general area over the years, used photoshop to scale them so that they match the scale I’ve been printing my trackplans at - 1/2” == 1’. So an 87’ long building in the satellite photo would print out as 1/2” long. I also printed mirror images of some of them (convenient orientation on my layout doesn’t necessarily match the prototype orientation). And cut out the images. It helps if you leave the little scale google superimposes on the image with the two white ticks and how long that is in feet, so after you print it out you can measure it with an architect’s scale to make sure you did all the scaling properly.
Then I took some graph paper and sliced out a silhouette of the layout surface, so the layout itself is gone, the graph paper obscures everything that’s not the layout.
Now I can slide around the satellite shots under the layout surface cutout and more easily see where things work well.
The process in progress:
The arrangement I think might work out nicely is below. Starting at the left end of the top leg, that’s Moore’s Lumber and RDI (Resin Distribution Inc) from Ayer, MA. On the end wall there’s a 2 track 8 door Tighe warehouse (16 spots) from Winchester, MA. On the bottom leg there’s an industry that’s almost obligatory given my name - Ken’s Foods from Marlboro, MA. I mirror imaged Ken’s Foods. Obviously some squidging around to get the curves in the corners to work right is necessary, but I think roughly this arrangement may work out well.
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