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Looking for feedback on future layout
Posted by Nockle on Sunday, January 07, 2018 11:46 AM

This is my first layout so feel free to comment.

Here's the general idea: https://imgur.com/a/yJHMU

In 3D: https://imgur.com/a/J2lOc

Grade is 2% (small curve), 2.1% (long curve), smallest radius is 249mm

I have a 2" foam that I plan to use for the subroadbed. I would cut the foam to make the water part. North west corner would be a hill/mountain. The dock/industrial area would be mostly flat (maybe a small hill), the town would have some hills carved in the foam.

I plan to run a 10 car cargo train and a small passenger train (inspired by mountain trains, maybe a SBB Re 460)

N scale on a 93" x 73" L shapped table (36" width)

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Posted by Nockle on Monday, January 08, 2018 8:59 AM

Made a few modifications since I posted this yesterday: https://imgur.com/a/NBQoG

 

Minimum curve radius is now 315mm (12.4"), curves are smoother, I think it looks much better

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Posted by Choops on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:25 AM

looks nice

add staging tracks.

add a siding or two.

Steve

Modeling Union Pacific between Cheyenne and Laramie in 1957 (roughly)
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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, January 08, 2018 12:48 PM

I had to look up a SBB Re460.  Switzerland!

You might have a reach problem, at 36" wide, if this is against a wall.

Mike.

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Posted by Nockle on Monday, January 08, 2018 3:41 PM
Sorry Choops, I'm not up to speed on all the languages so I have no idea what you're suggesting!
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Posted by angelob6660 on Monday, January 08, 2018 5:20 PM

Nockle

Sorry Choops, I'm not up to speed on all the languages so I have no idea what you're suggesting!

 
In basic terms add a another turnout on the existing plan near the end of the board and add a staging yard. With one to three sidings for trains off and on the layout.

Modeling the G.N.O. Railway, The Diamond Route.

Amtrak America, 1971-Present.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:54 PM

"Staging tracks", a place to park assembled trains, so you can bring them out onto the layout, without building and dismantling each train when you want to "change" what train is running.

"Siding", a track, along side of your main line, with a turnout on each end, to temporarily "park" a train, so another can pass.  It needs to be a little longer than the train you want to park.

Mike.

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Posted by bearman on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 7:22 AM

I suspect you are probably going to have reach issues in the vicinity of the NW corner unless there is enough roomto walk around the layout.

Bear "It's all about having fun."

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