HILX / HISC
These two fictional
will occupy the same HO scale model railroad layout within my basement.
Pictures, ideas, and my
will be coming soon regarding the plans and my dreams for this endeavor.
As for now... here are
outlines for these fictional railroads of mine!
- and / or -
|The HILX may very well turn into HISC
Industrial Switching Corp.) at some point in the
My thoughts have
turned from a leasing company that
lends out power,
to a local switching
the "older" power will have the HILX markings
still be leased
out, but the remainder
of the companies
units will have the HISC
logo (whatever that may turn out to be...)
on them. Ideas come and go at will you know!?
GP-30's and other 4 axle locomotives.
|The CW&GLR is a 'small-ish' railroad that is
consortium of other smaller railroads (This
much like the real-life RailAmerica, may include the HISC once it branches out from the
primary leasing company
into doing local
switching duties.) The CW&GLR
gets it's primary business from a local power plant, and large auto
warehouse on one small-ish mainline (purchased
the CW&GLR) that a class-1 railroad
let go of for financial reasons. (hey, this is
railroad, not real life!)
SD-35's and other 4 & 6 axle locomotives.
my layout in it's
current only on paper,
'dream' form, the CW&GLR has the primary switching yard and
industry to switch, but only occupies an approximate quarter of the
The HILX/HISC will occupy the rest of the layout and
the primary switching duties for the remainder of the industries
So far, I've got 7 industries to be served, but that will possibly be
to 6 (hopefully not less)
of spacial constraints. (isn't that always
time flies and
I've been having fun!
this layout in the summer of 2002, I have finished the framing, the
and have wired it for DCC running! Wow... and I thought I'd never
get it done, especially since the size of the layout greatly surprised
me - and in a GOOD way!
earlier track estimates were unfortunately off a little due to a plan
just wasn't quite the right fit. (don't you just
it when you're only off by 4 inches?)
with a very small alteration of the faulty plan... Viola!
I have what I consider to be a great switching layout that I and a few
friends (only a few will fit!)
will enjoy for quite some time to come.
8, yes... count them, 8 industries to serve within the same space I
I'd have to cram in only 6 or the invisioned 7. I found a nice
for a 'team track'/bulk loading siding that I hadn't previously viewed
I get going and create time (and who among us
time to create time!?!?!?!) for scanning, I'll
sure to amend this page and scan in pictures of the construction of my
'small-ish' (7 1/2' x 18 1/2')
"L" shaped HO scale model railroad layout!
fun to be had
than I could have possibly imagined!
is coming down! But not for bad reasons in any way shape or form!
wonderful little family is now going to be moving to a larger house in
this general area. (read: daddy gets the whole
this time!) My 'smallish' (7
1/2' x 18 1/2') layout is going to definitely
in size (if not more... )
become the layout that it was always destined to be. (at
least from the multitude of visions that I've had in my head
that the layout as it stands now will be incorporated within the new
expanded layout. How exactly, I don't know... but mostly in the
general sense that it is currently. I've constructed it in a
way (sort of... ) in
me to be able to move it easier. So some of the pieces as they
are situated will be either moved to other areas of the layout, or
expanded within the generous new space that I'll have at the new house!
increase in size will happen over a rather large amount of time due to
time and money issues, (and don't we all have
so don't expect any quick and timely updates from someone like
I mean, just look at the past year or so!
too much fun for my brain to handle at once...
My new basement is rather a whole lot
bigger than I'd imagined it could be. The dimensions are 43' x
23' (23' x 23' w/ a 20' x 10' 3" wing).
A far cry from the earlier point to point switching layout I had.
Now, my only problems are time, money (mostly this
unfortunately), and finding/deciding on a track plan
that I'm happy with and will accomplish all I've invisioned.
As it is now... I've got the mainline running
alone the perimeter of the basement walls and I've decided to change
the names of some of my fictional shortlines. I'll include my
latest revisions to my timeline and railroad names very soon.
As for now... Oh, man do I have my work cut
out for me!