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Escape Route

HO Scale by
Adesh Grover

Escape Route is a home layout in HO scale, constructed in a room of size 20ft by 8ft. Built along the wall, at a height of 49 inches, it is a freelance layout with fictional references. The depth of the shelf is 18 inches, though at corners it does increase a little uncomfortably.

The layout comprises of three parallel, independently controlled routes. The further most oval, closest to the walls, runs on analogue controller, and provides for some scope of “operations” through a switch bank which controls nine “points” and allows the activation or isolation of sidings, along with the use of engine repair facility and sheds. The middle oval functions with block control system thus providing automated operations involving a maximum of three trains. The third was added about three years ago (2007) to accommodate DCC. DCC provides the next dimension with sound and light functions though it still has to be exploited to its full potential on the Escape Route.

Motive power & Rolling Stock
Over the years, the roster of locos has grown to 45 and includes products of Hornby, Fleischman, Roco, Trix, Lima, Bachman, Athearns, Kato, and even three decade old relics from Pico. The vintage collection I am particularly fond off and try my best to keep them up and chugging. The freedom of a freelance layout is utilized to the hilt with Athearns GPs pulling Hornby coaches, albeit with a little re-fixing of couplers. Though the collection covers locos from across the world, my fascination for the British steam remains deeply entrenched; as a kid it was the British line up that one saw and traveled in, in India.

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