The drawing below illustrates my trackplan and industry location.  This no-frills illustration doesn't include scenic elements and finalized building footprints, which are currently being tested.    

Overall layout size is 25' x 10' with a minimum curve radius of 45".  All switches are #8's except the switch into Dal-Tile, which is a #6.

I'm using Atlas O sectional track to design and test the layout.  Final track will be handlaid to P48 standards using Right-O-Way Code 125 steel rail and wood ties.

For orientation, New Castle Junction is on the right.  Interchange takes place here between NCIR and its Class I connection (actual NCIR ownership ends at the Ann Street underpass).  The switch where my industrial lead diverges from the Class I is theoretically located a short distance east of Ann Street (off layout).

The New Castle Industrial Track once crossed the New Castle Secondary at grade near Ann Street and continued east to the Osram Sylvania glass plant.  The glass plant shut down and the crossing was partially removed just before the sale to NCIR.  A gravel lot at the end of this truncated track serves as a transload for Premier Chemical.  Premier transfers magnesium oxide powder from covered hoppers  to trucks.  Occasionally, NCIR will spot a tank car of liquid product here.  The remaining segment this track is used to store loaded cars off spot.    

West of the interchange is Packaging Corporation of America's large corrugating mill; the reason that this trackage exists today.  PCA receives boxcars of linerboard and covered hoppers of starch.   The mill also ships out scrap cardboard, which is recycled by the production mills located in the south and midwest.

From PCA the industrial track meanders west, curving through a wooded marsh, then entering the Commerce Street district.  Here, Dal-Tile Incorporated (DTI) receives inbound tank cars of kaolin slurry.  Track is out of service beginning a couple hundred yards west of the Commerce Street crossing.  NCIR's locomotive is kept at the current end of track west of Commerce Street, next to McMinn Asphalt's large storage yard.      


  1. Jack -- I'm curious, what was the reason for including the second dock at the industry? Was it because the prototype had two docks (Upper and Lower)? Does the inclusion of the second dock improve the potential for operations in your opinion?

    I've been toying around with a similar type industrial arrangement in XTRAKCAD; but scaled down to 4 cars (1 MTY at the dock + 3 LDs in the W/H). It was easy enough to fit an upper dock that would hold 2 cars -- but for some reason, I enjoyed switching the single spur version more. (The second (smaller dock) didn't seem to ADD anything, was just more of the same.) Just curious is all.

    Again, I really appreciate your taking the time to write-up and post your progress and other relevent information in this blog. Dave O

    1. Hi Dave. I know it's been awhile since you posted this but I was wondering if you still have that track plan that you talked about. The one that you've made with xtrackcad. Keep me posted.


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