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Help with H0 layout shape and plan, please!

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Posted by fender777 on Monday, July 17, 2017 12:05 PM
Let me add that one big mistake is to cram to much table area in the room. You have a very nice floor. After a while a cramped room keeps getting more cramped and soon you will hate the room. I have done this with slotcars and trains. A around the wall layout with just big radius at each end will give you a lot of mainline.
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Posted by TrainzLuvr on Monday, July 17, 2017 7:20 PM

@fender777

I am going with H0, I actually changed the title of the thread to reflect my final committment, too.

Do you have a layout plan of your layout you can show, and some photos perhaps?

EDIT: I'd love to see how you managed your space because we are almost identical in size.

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Posted by TrainzLuvr on Monday, July 17, 2017 8:01 PM

I have come up with another layout plan. The #34 (G shape) was an inspiration to start with, then it was morphed along side with #37 into what it is now. It's really a variation of #18/#19 that I lost track of.

I feel that I'm getting closer to the finish line as I can see more meaning in how things should operate.

Here's #40 in shape and track (v1, with v2 being worked on already). This is a double deck layout with lower staging.

Mainline is about 140' long!!! The larger turnbacks are 29" radii while the center one is 26". I'm open to suggestions whether I should alter them to 28" and 27", having in mind that 24" is the smallest choke point I'd contend with and would prefer 30" there, if I could.

The way I see this operate is as follows:

Staging would be below the center peninsula and trains could leave going either eastbound (right, then down towards the columns in gray) or westbound (right then up towards the upper wall) while climbing up to the main level. They would emerge somewhere on the bottom turnback (location TBD) or upper wall (location TBD) and merge the main line. They would have to traverse the entire main line, to reach their respective yards on the north/south side of the peninsula.

When trains leave the yard, they can either go to the other respective yard, or to the opposite staging, through above established route.

Industries and towns/stations would be somewhere along the main, and I hope I can fit them with a decent spacing in-between.

Originally, I thought I would put a helix in the upper turnback and was ready to settle for losing that space. Then today while surfing the web I stumbled upon a linear/curved elevator concept that I totally lost track of (I've seen it before).

To reach the upper deck, trains would take the linear elevator in the bottom, just below the columns, symbolized with the light green box with the track in it.

I have not connected the track yet, but I plan to have two sidings to the main line there, one of which will be the elevator.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, aisle are very generous, aside from the two chokepoints around the center peninsula.

Still much more to be added, but as I said, I feel I'm getting really close to something I would build.

I won't post the v2 of the track because I'd like to hear any feedback first and whether this makes sense or not.

Please and thank you.

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Posted by Choops on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:12 AM

A folded g shape will give you the same amount of main line with one less "blob" and a straight run along the east wall.

Steve

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Posted by fender777 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:34 AM
You would not like my plan I think' it is more of a switching point to point layout around the wall. My room is 22ft long but only 11.6ft wide' which made a dogbone are G shape just to cramed. I am more into industries and factories and coal. I will have 2 towns. Only 1 mainline. And later the layout will connect to run trains around the intire room. Just check my threads on my shelf layout. Their are pic. Thanks
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Posted by fender777 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:59 AM
Here is a link and pic.
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Posted by DSchmitt on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:08 AM

fender777
Here is a link and pic.
 

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

I don't have a leg to stand on.

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Posted by TrainzLuvr on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:07 PM

@Choops

I tried the G and it has a shorter mainline than what I posted above in #40.

Plus the G has these narrow areas that really do not help much with putting anything on them beside just scenery...didn't really look that hot to me.

 

@DSchmitt

thanks for reposting the image.

 

@fender777

At least your ceiling appears taller than mine, and there's much more trackwork and scenery, too. :)

 

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Posted by fender777 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:28 AM
Of all the layouts posted no17 looks like the best to me. To many of them will have tight radius in reality. My self I would just do a complete around the wall 24in wide with a duck under. But don't complete the duck under intill most of the hard work is done then do a liftout or something.

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