Southside Industrial District Track Plan
I finally got around to making a track plan for my Southside Industrial District model railroad.
I made one several years ago with Atlas Right Track software. The program was free then, but it looks like it has been replace with a pay version now.
I dug around in my old files and was able to find a jpg export of the original plan, so that is where I started.
I imported that into a graphics manipulation tool and just used the Atlas plan as a base, doing most of the drawing free hand. Converting the snap track to single lines streamlined the plan and made it less clunky. I added several layers of ground, ballast, building, titles, and even trees. By using layers, I can hide different aspects of the plan for different purposes.
I think I didn’t come out half bad for my first attempt. I can now include the plan when describing various things in articles on my blog.
When I made the original track plan with the Atlas software, I also made a few other modules of different shapes and sizes. I printed those out and glued them onto some card stock and can move them around like puzzle pieces when planning updates and extensions to the layout to get a better feel of how things go together.