Trains.com

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

I need some help!!!

2567 views
9 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • 305,205 posts
I need some help!!!
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:09 PM
I'm designing a new layout using track planning software. One of the plans I am using for inspiration shows the main yard with 10 tracks in a 2 foot wide space. However, with my software I can only fit 6 traks into the same 2 foot wide space. I am planning with no.6 switches and Fleischman track, but what an I doing wrong, if anything?[?]
Secondly, what would you use as a minimum radius for some 4-8-2s and maybe a few 4-8-4s as the largest steamers? Currently, I am using about 26 inch minimum radius. Is too small or will it do?

Any help you can give me will be most appreciated,[:)]
Daniel
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • 305,205 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:31 PM
Try #4 switches for the yard instead.
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: US
  • 736 posts
Posted by tomwatkins on Saturday, November 22, 2003 2:36 PM
If you're working in HO, the Spectrum 4-8-2's will get around a 26" radius without any problems. I've several of them and my minimum radius is 24". Hovever they will look better on larger curves. I don't run any 4-8-4's so I don't know about them.

Tom Watkins
  • Member since
    August 2003
  • From: Midtown Sacramento
  • 3,339 posts
Posted by Jetrock on Saturday, November 22, 2003 4:04 PM
Is there a way to adjust the minimum clearance between the tracks? Using different-sized switches might work as well--in a yard, even #4 switches will be sufficient for large engines since they'll be passing through slowly.
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • 305,205 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 22, 2003 9:50 PM
My thanks are due to NTDN, tomwatkins, and Jetrock for all of the advice.

Thanks,
Daniel
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Ridgeville,South Carolina
  • 1,294 posts
Posted by willy6 on Sunday, November 23, 2003 12:54 PM
I would like to share some info on track laying.......a mistake i made which might help future track layers. because of limited space i built a 4x8 ho layout and of course i wanted alot of track in a small space.my mistake was i used #4 turnouts on a secondary line going to a mainline.it's already ballasted and glued in place. when i started to wire the track and test it, i realized that any 6 axle locomotive going through the #4's cannot do it at high speed.big boo-boo.i dont know if i should live with it or tear it out and install a number 6.
Being old is when you didn't loose it, it's that you just can't remember where you put it.
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Defiance Ohio
  • 13,274 posts
Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, November 23, 2003 1:40 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by willy6

I would like to share some info on track laying.......a mistake i made which might help future track layers. because of limited space i built a 4x8 ho layout and of course i wanted alot of track in a small space.my mistake was i used #4 turnouts on a secondary line going to a mainline.it's already ballasted and glued in place. when i started to wire the track and test it, i realized that any 6 axle locomotive going through the #4's cannot do it at high speed.big boo-boo.i dont know if i should live with it or tear it out and install a number 6.

Willy you learn from your mistakes.I had to get special long couplers to run some of my engines.[;)]
stay safe
Joe

Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").

 

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: Omaha, NE
  • 10,595 posts
Posted by dehusman on Sunday, November 23, 2003 2:47 PM
The frog number of the switch has nothing to do with the track center spacing. That is the design of the switch. For 4-8-4's etc I would stick with the #6 switches.

What you want to do is trim the switches so that the track centers match your plan. It sounds like the plan calls for 2" track center spacing which is very common, but the switches are designed for 2 1/2 or 3" center spacing. You will have to trim off some of the switch on either (or both) ends of the straight route. It may take some test fitting. I am unfamiliar with Fleischman track so I can't advise if there are any problems doing that. I do it all the time with Atlas and Walthers/Shinohara track.

Dave H.

Dave H. Painted side goes up. My website : wnbranch.com

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • 305,205 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2003 9:33 PM
Dear willy6, JoeKoh, and dehusman,
Thank you very much for your advice, it is most appreciated.[:)]
-Daniel
  • Member since
    June 2003
  • From: Along the Murphy Branch
  • 1,410 posts
Posted by dave9999 on Monday, November 24, 2003 10:33 PM
I have ran a Athearn Genesis 4-8-4 on 18'" radius with no problem. Looks better on 22"or 24" Dave

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Users Online

Search the Community

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!