This diagram shows the complete layout. The switches are numbered for a specific digital decoder. The signals are shown as red or green circles with the decoder number next to them. The numbers near the light blue track represent track detectors that send a signal to the computer when a train passes over it. When this happens, the next series of commands in a route are executed, i.e., a switch is thrown, this train or another train is started, or stopped, or a new speed is set, a signal is set to red or green.
This is an updated diagram that reflects the construction of several ramps to my storage unit and the restructuring of the ramp to the Upper Level Yard.
The diagrams below are all drawn using the Layout Design function in TPL. When running in the graphics mode a switch or signal on the layout can be set by placing the mouse cursor on the switch or signal and clicking. The switch or signal will change color from green to red or red to green, as appropriate.
With TPL you can set switches as you watch a consist visually or on the computer screen by watching the lok passing over contact tracks. Using TPL, you can also run a route or routes in the Graphics mode. As the route calls for a switch to be set, the color of the switch is changed accordingly. When a train passes over a detector track it changes from light blue to dark blue on the diagram.
This diagram shows the City Section of the layout. The switches at the top left lead to the Center Section of the layout. The switches at the bottom left lead to a staging yard and to a village. Trains enter from the top left or from the bottom left. Trains on this line will stop at the Calw Station which is at the center bottom of the diagram.
This section has buildings in the middle of this section of the layout with several trains on sidings around the perimeter of the buildings. Several HAG commuter trains run around the inner two tracks of this section. The Lady Wurtemberg runs on the inner track as well. The outer section is a main line that allows traffic to move from section to section.
This diagram shows the Center Section of the layout. The switches at the bottom left lead to the City Section of the layout. At the top left there is a spur that leads to an upper level staging yard. The top right and the bottom right switches lead to the Industrial Section of the layout.
This section serves as both a staging yard with seven different sidings and as a mainline connection between the city and the industrial sections, and as a connection to the upper level staging yard and the staging yard and village to the left of this section.
This section has several mainline tracks and several passing sidings.
This diagram shows the Industrial Section of the layout. The tracks at the upper left come from the Center Section and lead to the Industrial Section of the layout. Trains can also enter the Industrial Section from the Center Section at a second point at the top middle of this section. This allows control of the trains direction in this section of the layout.
On the upper center of the diagram you can see the start of the ramp to the upper-level shelf on the storage unit.In the lower left you will see the ramp to the lower level shelf on the storage unit.
Since the tracks on these ramps are C track the bumpers at the end of the ramp can be easily disconnected and with two straight C tracks I can connect to the upper or lower level of the storage unit.
This section serves as both a staging yard with seven different sidings and as a mainline through the Industrial Section. There is a digitally operated turntable with a three stall roundhouse.
In this staging area is the TEE Express, the Roco crane car, the Märklin Goliath crane, and a number of freight consists. There is a brewery, a Shell Oil petroleum refinery, a large factory, a cement plant and several warehouses.
These diagrams show the Upper Yard Section of the layout. The tracks at the upper left come from the ramp on the Center Section. Engines and consist are staged in the Upper Yard. With the use of C track on the ramp and a perfect 4% grade (using Scenic Woodlands foam ramp system.
The lower yard has a number of consists. It runs directly into the City Section of the layout.