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4x8 Sectional Layouts

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Posted by NWP SWP on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:12 PM

Ok, thanks.

Modeling the combined lines of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Northern Pacific after a fictional Depression Era merger forming the SouthWestern Pacific and NorthWestern Pacific Railroads. SP, WP, and NP operations remain independent but also operate alongside NWP and SWP equipment.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:28 PM

cuyama
Edit: And not something anyone with experience would consider as offering "plenty of possibilities for a starter layout".

I fully agree..Even with 60 years in the hobby I would need to think long and hard.

However.

With guidance from a experiance rotary  modeler it could be done but,one would need far more then 8' just for the rotary approach..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLbqnw2bKeI

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWa3UhV96WQ

Larry

SSRy

Conductor

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Posted by NWP SWP on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:53 PM

How's this for a track plan. (It's to 1/4"=1' scale)

Modeling the combined lines of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Northern Pacific after a fictional Depression Era merger forming the SouthWestern Pacific and NorthWestern Pacific Railroads. SP, WP, and NP operations remain independent but also operate alongside NWP and SWP equipment.

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Posted by ed_n on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:02 PM

Do yourself a favor, get the free version of AnyRail, use 18" radius curves and #4 turnouts, and you will get an idea of what is possible, and *not* possible, in a 4 X 8 in HO.

 

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Posted by NWP SWP on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:06 PM

It's 4x16 so the curves would only be about 22/20" and I think I put too many tracks in the yard. (Would that solve the spacing problem?

Modeling the combined lines of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Northern Pacific after a fictional Depression Era merger forming the SouthWestern Pacific and NorthWestern Pacific Railroads. SP, WP, and NP operations remain independent but also operate alongside NWP and SWP equipment.

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Posted by DSchmitt on Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:17 AM

 HO 4x16_zps47cwvjgz by Donald Schmitt, on Flickr

End curves shown 19" Radius and 22" Radius

Switches small Atlas Code 83 Snap Switches

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 mobilman44 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:35 AM

To the OP,

I see you have moved from prototype posts to those of model and layout building.  If you are really, seriously interested in getting invested into the wonderful hobby of Model Railroading, I have a tried and true suggestion that will help you through the process.....

Kalmbach (the folks behind this Forum) have put out wonderful soft cover books for decades on the hobby.  Titles like "HO Primer", Layout Design, Wiring, Operations, DCC, and other facits of the hobby have been thoroughly covered.  I urge you to pick up some from your local hobby shop, or Kalmbach online, or even Ebay.

There is a wealth of information there, and putting down your keyboard and picking up a book will certainly help you absorb the stuff you may be lacking.

 

 

 

ENJOY  !

 

Mobilman44

 

Living in southeast Texas, modeling the "postwar" Santa Fe and Illinois Central 

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Posted by NWP SWP on Thursday, March 09, 2017 10:40 PM

Ok, sounds good.

Modeling the combined lines of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Northern Pacific after a fictional Depression Era merger forming the SouthWestern Pacific and NorthWestern Pacific Railroads. SP, WP, and NP operations remain independent but also operate alongside NWP and SWP equipment.

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