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First my mini-mayhem layout.  Fun to keep the trains from crashing.  Both lines have the same power source, so turning it off stops all trains.  It’s much harder with two power packs.  Possibilities for expansion galore ....

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then a transfer table, got the idea from C. Arendt: (not really Japanese, I admit)EAA071A2-72D8-496E-A8E3-AE45301197B9.thumb.jpeg.1d4fd60b8795098bf5d7746c90793411.jpeg

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Then there’s my little Japanese cutie in the bedroom ....  Note the reverse curves, they add so much visually!

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For my main layout I copied VJM’s plan from this forum.   The crazy third loop which seems to change direction really makes trainwatching fun.  Size has been reduced to 90 by 210 cm. = 3 by 7 feet.   Height above floor is 132 cm. = 4 feet 4.  In the background is the HOn peninsula. 

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Then my Myceaean body-shield mini-viaduct with reverse curves (fun to watch the trains tipping back and forth on the superelevations) and hardly a straight: 

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Ouch a torture test on the couplers! They must look really bank back and forth! That’s what is so great about unitrak and fine track, you can play with any idea in minutes! 

 

Have you tried shinkansens on it? Many don’t like the S curves much, interesting to see what they do on it with like an 8 car train with the super elevated curves.

 

Fun!

 

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Oh yes almost forgot my double spiral, making use of all the kato radii that I had.   The run was over 5 meters long.  The rolling stock is Minitrains HOn — great stuff.

 

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Jeff, I have played with even more extreme s-curves— no problems, Arnold or Shibata.  The trains look great whipping about.14723420-6358-4723-94D2-41E172C8AC62.thumb.jpeg.9ad5c2c69383b0e2d8ee3b14203f1d19.jpeg

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Another twist n’ crash.  I just love the geometry

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Then with mixed media:

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In terms of storage, no problem:

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A bit of Tomytrack just for a change.  Looks a bit Dr. Seuss-like

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OK a bit of scenery now:EBAD1A5F-9AD7-4269-A6DD-31DB91A85196.thumb.jpeg.1e442120813899a66f012d782f2f0767.jpeg

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I just like this shot, showing the expansion possibilities.  A bit of scenery there as well ....

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Khaul

Holy cow! So much bonkers-genius stuff in the same place.

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Hey thanks Khaul, I take that as a compliment!  I’ve long enjoyed your contributions here.

 

A good time to mention that with viaducts, I like to substitute one piece of regular slab track to get a kind of inspection “pit” where I can re-rail and check couplers easily.

 

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Another good thing about viaducts will be appreciated by those who have watched their trains falling from the table on to an uncarpeted floor:  nothing is going to fall off of these babies.  However the same fact can lead to some shady practices in the name of squeezing the maximum run out of a limited space (an egregious example with concrete tie track about 10 posts above):

 

 

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Pauljag900

Oh I know that so well!😂😂😂As I m sure most people do.

i love every single one of these layouts,they epitomise what this hobby is all about,HAVING FUN!! well done buddy. And for what it’s worth I love unconventional 😂😂👍👍😀

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bill937ca
4 hours ago, EF57 said:

Hey thanks Khaul, I take that as a compliment!  I’ve long enjoyed your contributions here.

 

A good time to mention that with viaducts, I like to substitute one piece of regular slab track to get a kind of inspection “pit” where I can re-rail and check couplers easily.

 

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That's a great solution to a common viaduct problem.

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5 hours ago, EF57 said:

Hey thanks Khaul, I take that as a compliment!  I’ve long enjoyed your contributions here.

 

A good time to mention that with viaducts, I like to substitute one piece of regular slab track to get a kind of inspection “pit” where I can re-rail and check couplers easily.

 

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My comment is of course a compliment. Great stuff

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An egg shape, with constantly changing radii.

 

 I don’t usually mix Nj and HOn, but it just happened.  In general, these photos are not set up to look good or show off equipment, they were just taken at random during the life of the layout to record it in a vague way for my own purposes.  Some I may not have recorded at all, who knows?  Taken with my Ipad.

 

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1 hour ago, EF57 said:

An egg shape, with constantly changing radii.

 

 I don’t usually mix Nj and HOn, but it just happened.  In general, these photos are not set up to look good or show off equipment, they were just taken at random during the life of the layout to record it in a vague way for my own purposes.  Some I may not have recorded at all, who knows?  Taken with my Ipad.

 

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I love it! So much fun,good on yer buddy👍👍👍😀

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I have been improving my hanging storage of test loops.  The frontmost is onetruescale‘s brilliant unitram test layout, see his post of dec. 25, 2018.

 

 

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