Joined: Sat Nov 08 2008, 05:16PM Location: Canada Posts: 3
Hi All, * (Joe...lovin' the videos) Quick question for discussion.
I've noticed quite a few notable layouts feature a mainline and branch combination (Siskiyou included of course). What are the pros/cons between having the Siskiyou approach vs. having a much longer mainline point to point? (provided you can accomodate staging, etc.)? (and especially where the branch does not parallel the mainline area in any way)? Just curious...
Joined: Wed Dec 08 2004, 09:30PM Location: Stayton, OR Posts: 582
With a mainline/branch you can adapt to a more flexible layout size/arrangement - as well as feature a different "feel" of railroading. It adds to the operation possibilities.
Sometimes it allows the use of some older locomotives that wouldn't be in "mainline" service, or an entirely different railroad.
And to use the Siskiyou Line as an example, the feel and operability of the layout would be significantly different if it didn't have the through staging and instead tried to go point-to-point. I suppose that Joe could have moved Dillard down to the lower level and made Coos Bay "Ashland" (or Medford) instead... but it would have been tough to accommodate the needed staging at that end, much less all the fun required in turning the trains around...