Don DeWitt's Dreamin' Layouts
Last update: 12 /10 / 07







 
Great Lakes &Atlantic
Train Movements:

 
 

Introduction

Layout Drawings

S scale
Module Photos
 

S
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O
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S
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O
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S Scale Heaven (nearby S buddy Layouts)

S Scale Adventures

Background:
I began working in S scale in 1984 when I moved from Michigan to New Jersey where I met Don Thompson and the Central Jersey S Scalers.  Our focus was the S-Mod modular system and we moved our modular layout all around New Jersey for several years with the ultimate layout being built at the 1990 Pittsburgh NASG/NMRA Convention.


My S modules:

No... you can't visit this layout, ... because most of it only exists in my mind, and now yours... so keep dreamin'. ... only my 26 ft Grand Arbor module exists and it has not been used since the Pittsburgh NASG/NMRA convention in 1990... sigh ...sigh!

As of 2006, actually... it has been sold to Jack Bartman, and is now part of a home layout in New York state. I am happy to know it is being used again.

Krause Street underpass on my 26 ft Grand Arbor module

This photo was originally published in the May/June 1988 issue of S-Gaugian in an article I wrote for Don Heimberger's Write Up Your Railroad contest.  I wrote about my imaginary layout which only consisted of my module.... and here we are 18 years later...still dreaming! ... sigh.

The diesel house in the back is a Lehigh Valley Models kit, the bridge is a Lionel, the office building is kitbashed from a Heljan O-scale Brewery and a DPM store front.  The walls are plaster by A.I.M.  The water tower is a HO kit by ?. The street lamps are converted HO white metal lamps (non-operating) by Chooch?  The upper platform light is a Plasticville.

The Dodge dump truck is a Super King's Matchbox and the van is of unknown heritage.  The people are June's Small World.

The passenger cars are American Models. The blue switcher is a Boston and Maine SW-7 brass Oriental custom painted and owned by Stan Stokrocki.  The caboose was scratch built by Bob Dexter.  The Erie-Lackawanna diesel is another brass SW-7 custom painted and owned by Steve Kay.  The black and blue FP-7s are custom painted for my imaginary railroad: Great Lakes and Atlantic.

The next time I set up this module, I will add a sign on the wall that reads:
 

William Krause Plaza
This plaque is placed 
here in memory of
our dear friend and
mentor.

Photo taken by Don DeWitt in 1987 at Rail Expo VI? at the Central Jersey Railroad station in Liberty State Park in NJ when the Central Jersey S Scalers set up a large modular layout.
 


Some additional photos of my 26 foot x 30 inch module can be seen
by clicking on photo icon below.

Scroll down to view my dreaming basement layout.




The Layout Introduction (version 8)






 
Great Lakes &Atlantic
Train Movements:

 
 

Introduction

Layout Drawings

S scale
Module Photos
 

S
scale

O
scale

  Scroll down for S
S
scale

O
scale




S Scale Heaven (nearby S buddy Layouts)

S scale Layout Goals:
    • My 26 foot module must be used.
      • Result:
        • In a 50 ft basement, it only fits in a few places!  I do not want to abandon all the work I put into that module even if it was over 10 years ago.
    • I want multiple railroads running in realistic manners.
      • Result:
        • I have included single track mainlines for Lehigh Valley and Erie as the primary railroads. Connected to these include locomotive servicing areas, two large passenger stations, and a multitude of industrial areas for those operators who enjoy switching challenges.
        • In addition there is a single track mainline for NYC that is seen in a few places but most of the trackage is hidden except for an industrial area.  I have included a double track hidden area for storage of one train while another is being used.
    • I want to invite friends over for operating sessions between industries and between railroads.
      • Result:
        • I have added many sidings and industries.
    • I also want to run multiple trains while I visit with friends who just want to watch trains run.
      • Result:
        • I can run LV, Erie and NYC trains simultaneously, so eastern folks should be happy.
        • Of course, sometimes I will just run my CB&Q trains just for fun!
        • Any other railroad equipment will always be welcome.

    Note: These ideas are now being developed in the O scale version of the Great Lakes and Atlantic Railway System. 

    However, in 2007, a new South Grand Arbor, GL&A S scale module is also under construction.


Layout Drawings 
(version 8)







 
Great Lakes &Atlantic
Train Movements:

 
 

Introduction

Layout Drawings

S scale
Module Photos
 

S
scale

O
scale


S
scale
Scroll down for S.
O
scale




S Scale Heaven (nearby S buddy Layouts)

The drawing of the layout was created using TurboCAD on a Macintosh computer.  Then it was colorized using Photoshop.

The lines are so thin that some do not show up when I display the plan on the computer screen in low resolution versions as shown below.

You may wish to download the image and print it. You can do so by clicking on one of the sizes below, wait until they load, and save the file for printing.  I am not sure how the webpages will print as it depends on your browser and the resolution of your computer screen.

THREE sizes are available: (QUARTER or HALF or FULL)
Warning: The HALF size drawing is 400+ Kb in size and the FULL size is nearly 1 Mb in size.)

The Full size view is the only one that you can view on screen that shows all the details.

Scroll down to view the QUARTER size view.

Quarter size view

 
Key:
Pink area:  Lehigh Valley
Blue area: New York Central
Yellow area: Erie
THREE sizes are available: (QUARTER or HALF or FULL)
Warning: The HALF size drawing is 400+ Kb in size and the FULL size is nearly 1 Mb in size.)
The Full size view is the only one that you can view on screen that shows all the details.
Sadly a few years ago  I decided to leave S scale in terms of a home layout and move to O scale ALSO due to the abundance of building kits which I need for my city-oriented layout plans and primarily because of the
abundance of Lehigh Valley and Erie locomotives available in O scale.  To learn about
the plans for the O scale layout visit the links below. 

However, in 2007, a new South Grand Arbor, GL&A S scale module is also under construction.








 
Great Lakes &Atlantic
Train Movements:

 
 

Introduction

Layout Drawings

S scale
Module Photos
 

S
scale

O
scale


S
scale

O
scale




S Scale Heaven (nearby S buddy Layouts)