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Opinions on a 3x5 N-scale track:

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Opinions on a 3x5 N-scale track:
Posted by ScrewySqrl on Sunday, September 2, 2018 11:04 AM

track plan

Era: early 1970s. Location: fictional town.

 

this is a 3x5 track plan I have been working on for a while.  The idea is for both an interesting continuous running and have avai;able randomized operations as well

the colors: Blue: Main line, cyan: main line in tunnel, light blue: runaround track, grey: industries, purple: interchange, Yellow: Yard

Grades are a slightly steep 3%, but maximum train length is a road switcher engine (like an Alco RS-series or GE 4-axles) and 7 cars, so it should be easily doable.  Main line is an impressive 1.54 scale miles. minimum radius is 9.75"

Much of the scenery doubles as a view block.

 

a 3D view:

3D

 

Any comments, suggestions or ideas?

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-- Henry David Thoreau

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Monday, April 29, 2019 12:28 PM

I have no idea if the OP is still around but I took a look and the track plan, and I have a few comments. First if this is 3’ by 5’ then that minimum radius is very tight. It will be hard to put anything but four axle switchers and 40’ boxcars on the layout. Also as the OP mentioned the grades are steep. Very power locos are needed, many of which can‘t fit the curves. For anyone looking, OP or otherwise, this is an okay layout but it will require some very specific equipment.

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, April 29, 2019 1:05 PM

Where did you find this?  In the "not answered" list?

Mike.

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