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My Plan For A Space Saving Timesaver

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 1:15 AM

Colorado Ray
why not model the 1880's era with 30 ft cars? Ray

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SPSOT fan
what if you built it in some narrow guage, perhaps an industrial railroad. HOn2 1/2

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Both of these ideas are possibilities to make it work.

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The below pictures show what I am working with. I made a mock-up of the entrance from the visible layout into staging.

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The tiles are 12" square, my floor is a handy planning grid.

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This shows where the Timesaver is planned to go, above the curved tracks. The Timesaver is in green. The area in the orange box will be downtown in the city of Centerviille.

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You see, 5 feet covers more track than I really want hidden. 4 feet 6 inches would be better.

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I will keep thinking about it.

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-Kevin

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:06 AM

You could try fiddling with curving some of the timesaver into downtown Centerville. That would use more space over all most likely but it could use more of the space you want to use! However there would then be the issue of coupling on curves, which is difficult at best!

If you like the idea you’ll have to fiddle with it to see if it will work!

Regards, Isaac

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 3:20 PM

I built a mock-up of the timesaver using nothing but #6 swicthes, and it was only 12 inches longer, just a tad over 74 inches.

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My space saving idea I am willing to declare a failure for my desires.

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I am going to look through Byron's link for an interestting layout in the 12 inch by 48 inch size.

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-Kevin

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by groundeffects on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 8:11 PM

Hi Kevin,

I built a timesaver when I constructed a N scale coffee table layout about 10 or so years ago.  The time saver is incorporated inside a loop of track and features a small harbor.  The time saver was interesting to operate, but after a while I got a bit tired of it due to the switching limitations (an engine plus 1 car).  It didn't really duplicate track diagrams seen on maps.  I'm glad I tried it, but for my next layout I don't plan to rebuild a timesaver, I'd rather use a prototype track diagram that isn't so much a puzzle but is based on an actual location (think LDE).

You may want to try this suggestion to see if your track diagram works for you.  If I see a track plan somewhere that has an interesting look or has potential operational interest for me, I like to use Kato sectional track to try the idea out.  It doesn't have to be exact, just close enough so you can see if you like it.  You can also tweak the plan and see what works and what doesn't.  Anyway, you may want to give it a try. 

 Just a thought,

Jeff

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:03 AM

groundeffects
You may want to try this suggestion to see if your track diagram works for you.  If I see a track plan somewhere that has an interesting look or has potential operational interest for me, I like to use Kato sectional track to try the idea out.  It doesn't have to be exact, just close enough so you can see if you like it. 

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Jeff, as you can see in the earlier posts, I also use Kato and other track components to mock up track arrangements.

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I looked through the lonks Byron shared. I found some shortened versions of the Timesaver that bring it down to 12 by 48 inches. I also found some other little track arrangements that look interesting.

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I think I found two or three that could do what I want (waste time).

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-Kevin

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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