How To Track Plan Database The HO scale Reading Co. layout

The HO scale Reading Co. layout

By Mitch Horner | December 7, 2023

The Reading Co. layout is set in Eastern Pennsylvania between the 1930s and 1940s

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Facts & features

Name: Reading Co.
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Size: 13′-6″ x 22′-0″ plus 2′-6″ x 5′-3″ West Philadelphia addition
Prototype: Reading Co.
Locale: eastern Pennsylvania
Era: 1930s to 1940s
Style: walk-in
Mainline run: 80 feet
Minimum radius: 36″ (main)
Minimum turnout: No. 6 (main), No. 4 (yards and industries)
Maximum grade: 2%
Benchwork: modified L-girder
Height: 50″ to 58″
Roadbed: cork on plywood (main), Homasote on plywood elsewhere
Track: handlaid code 55 and 70, code 83 flextrack
Scenery: Structo-Lite plaster on carved extruded-foam insulation board and plaster over cardboard webbing
Backdrop: painted drywall and tempered hardboard
Control: Lenz Digital Command Control

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