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Sheffie

Very nice ground level view!

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Morcs

Anyone know if ohane-24 sleeping cars with rapidos run ok on a 249 radius?

For my overhead track thinking of running an akebono train consisting of an EF65 and 2 or 3 of the sleeping cars.

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Morcs

Not much progress this week, some single catenary poles (nice visual impact actually) and started on my parking lot.

 

I'm working on the next plan, still using these small radius curves but on a 1800x500. One thing I've realised with the current layout though is the visual impact overhead track makes in such a small space whereas the next layout won't have room for it.

 

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Morcs

Small ahipment arrived today, a tomix EF65 and DE10, and a few more buildings.

 

This is as far as this layout is going, as with NZ about to start a 4 week lockdown tomorrow, plenty of time to plan the next layout. This layout ticked the boxes for everything I set out to do - plenty of operation in a tight space with some goos visual angles, and some operational ability, using compact unitrack. And managed to keep it all temporary, only the board itself cannot be reused.IMG_20200324_201404.thumb.jpg.b57e26229f7b8d4b44a14f8af4b619a3.jpg

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Morcs

So the next layout.

Managed to get into the hardware store before they close for a month to get some wood to make a start on the board.

 

2.4mx500mm will be the size. This will be challenging due to the lack of width, and the goals will be:

- modular, able to split in half (1200x500) to move when I have to

- two lines

- a decent ladder yard

- at least one station

- good mainline stretches

- make the most of the space without obviously utilising all the space (hard)

- utilise r150 and r183 radius and r150 turnouts (a good yard would be #4s)

- use foam for elevation changes and hills for the first time for me

 

If anyone has any track plan ideas I'm all ears!IMG_20200324_202609.thumb.jpg.bf115b6fb248cea3d8b4748409f42724.jpg

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Morcs

After playing around with some track on the boards last night i realised just how narrow 500mm is.

To make this work I have to go with ground level track and get creative with a few scenery blocks.

 

At the back will be a full sized island station, opposite flat platforms along the headshut with a station entrance at the end. Parking lot with a gas station outside

The end curves have tight radius R150/R183 at the back, then open into R183/R216

Pair of X crossings and an infield curve break up the ovals allowing me to put a small yard inside, with both lines having sidings in there. 

Will make a bit of a town on the left, and then go heavy with greenery everywhere else.

 

 

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cteno4

It always helps to mock things up a bit with track as what can look great in cad can not look so good in 1:1! Especially when you run a train around, really different effect.
 

cheers,

 

jeff

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roadstar_na6

Nice layout idea, however I‘d do a small change just for more useability:

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Morcs
4 hours ago, roadstar_na6 said:

Nice layout idea, however I‘d do a small change just for more useability:

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I did consider that but I always try not to go too crazy with turnouts ($$)

 

Though I might use your suggestion when I draw up a single track version as passing loops will be required.

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Cat

The extra turnout on the bottom track could be very useful as a run-around track if that's something that might factor into any of your operations.

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Morcs
5 hours ago, Cat said:

The extra turnout on the bottom track could be very useful as a run-around track if that's something that might factor into any of your operations.

Yeah I'm liking it.

Also going to draw up an L layout, I've got two 1200x500 boards, could work well with track truncating through the corner of the layout then a town and a yard at each end.

 

Got a bunch of the R150 turnouts that I'm trying to use but the spacing between them is massive! Shame as they work very well, you can run through them with them switched the wrong way all day long with no problems.

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Morcs

Redrew it today, simple double oval with a station+headshunt, and a run around+ yard.

 

More excitingly, started drawing up L shape plans, this is the first draft, need to figure out where stations etc.. go but amazed how many more possibilities there are!

 

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Morcs

Final track plan done, and track ordered!

 

Ive done away with the double crossover and will keep both lines separate, the inner will be passenger, the outer will be freight, both have yards.

 

Tried to stick to small radius where possible, but have had to get creative with spacing and combos of curves, including some R216 in there too.

Yards had to be #4 turnouts to keep smallish.

Also gone concrete tie double track at every opportunity.

Not sure where buildings etc.. will go at the moment except for a full sized island station, and a freight terminal station on the yard.

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Morcs

Baseboard pieces will have to sit for the next 4 weeks unfinished (NZ is on lockdown) and i didnt panic buy enough wood to finish them.

Im thinking of using 50mm U-bolts to fix the 2 pieces together, and will be easy to disassemble.

Also thinking of small backdrop panels 100mm or so high but will have to see just how close the track ends up to the rear edges.

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toc36

Morcs,

 

Very general comment concerning "L" shaped layouts ..........

 

The difficulty will be reaching the back corner.  If your layout is "wall" limited, you may want to look at designs that can pull the back corner track forward.

 

I few years back I used this track plan for a temp setup:

https://jnsforum.com/community/topic/13895-the-big-pink-l/

 

The over plan functioned very well.  However, I godzilla'ed it because I needed to reclaim the dog leg space, and I wanted to design a layout where I could simultaneously run 4+ trains.  This may give you some ideals.  More importantly, the feedback from other JNS members was insightful and valuable.

 

Toc

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RogerK

Morcs

 

One way to solve the corner reach issue is to crossover in the corner. Here is a plan that I am considering. Way oversized for you with 381/414 track, but you get the idea. Grids are one foot..

 

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