Track Plan and Specifications

The length of the mainline from Hobbiton to Lake Town, inlcuding the reverse loops, is now about 410' or 1-1/2 scale miles, and total track including all sidings and branch lines is over 650'. Below is a plan of the layout with three enlarged sections identifying the structures.


Name Lake Town & Shire Railroad
Scale 1:20.3 on Gauge 1 track (3 foot narrow gauge).
Size 100' x 100' L
Length of Mainline Approximately 410' (1-1/2 scale mile) from Hobbiton to Lake Town, including reverse loops.
Theme Narrow gauge short line serving logging and mining interests. It resembles railroads in Eastern Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, or West Virginia at the turn of the century.
Locale Tolkien's Middle Earth.
Layout Style Loop-to-loop.
Track Height Ground-level to about two feet above the ground.
Track AristoCraft 332 brass with extra-wide turnouts.
Minimum Radius 5 feet on the mainline.
Maximum Grade About 4.5%.
Control DCC: 8 amp Digitrax Chief with radio control throttles.
Equipment Bachmann, LGB, and Hartland steam engines with Bachmann and kit-built rolling stock
Status All track-work is completed.

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