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Designing My New Layout

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Posted by caldreamer on Monday, December 23, 2019 12:08 PM

As I am designing my new layout, I have found that since I have twice as much space as necessary for an N scale layout, I will be expanding my curves from 16 to 18 inch minimum radius.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, December 23, 2019 12:57 PM

caldreamer

As I am designing my new layout, I have found that since I have twice as much space as necessary for an N scale layout, I will be expanding my curves from 16 to 18 inch minimum radius.

Awsome!  Your trains will thank you!

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Monday, December 23, 2019 2:50 PM

riogrande5761

 

 
caldreamer

As I am designing my new layout, I have found that since I have twice as much space as necessary for an N scale layout, I will be expanding my curves from 16 to 18 inch minimum radius.

 

Awsome!  Your trains will thank you!

 

Very wise move, you will be very glad you did. Operation will be better, appearance will be better.

Sheldon

    

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 4:23 AM

caldreamer

As I am designing my new layout, I have found that since I have twice as much space as necessary for an N scale layout, I will be expanding my curves from 16 to 18 inch minimum radius.

Seeing as I use 15 inch curves, I can testify that longer rolling stock has issues even on that moderate radius (my U28C looks horrible, and my 80’ auto rack loves to derail!). A great choice moving up to 18 inches! I say give those trains as wide a radius as your space will allow!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by caldreamer on Saturday, January 4, 2020 9:18 PM

I have fineally finished designing my new layout.  It will have a mainline of 725 feet.  Pueblo (the lowest point on the layout will be at 38 inches.  I am now working out location of the towns that I wish to represent on my layout based upon their mile posts.  I will also be using the actual grades for the Pikes Peak Sub, which run from .90 to 1.50 percent.

 

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Posted by caldreamer on Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:30 PM

Just an update.  I have worked out the track height from Denver to just south of Palmer Lake.  The highest point on the layout will be 16.5 inches higher than Denver. Next step is to measure and place the towns down to Pueblo, making sure that I have clearance for the Pueblo staging under Denver staging..  

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