Cross overs...

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Bob_in_MA, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Bob_in_MA

    Bob_in_MA New Member

    I'm building a N scale layout and and am working on a track plan with the Atlas RTS software. I found that if I use a 11.5 or 22.5 degree X-crossing (scissor crossing? I'm not sure of the correct term), my plan can more easily fit my space. But I've noticed almost none of the layouts I've seen use one of these. Is there some big negative?


  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I suspect you have more length in your layout than the ones you've been looking at. With an 11.5 degree crossover, you'll have a pretty long straight leg before you can get even a small radius curve to come back around to the crossing.
    The track plan will look more like a "bow tie", and less like a figure 8.
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    The track section is just called a crossing. I've never heard of there being a problem with using small-angle ones.
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think the biggest problem you will have is that any crossing that is not of a standard angle will have to be hand laid.
  5. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    None that I know of, and my plan calls for an 11.5 crossover... 11.5's pair up with #6 switches pretty closely, so they're often used in conjunction with them to have a turnout from one parallel track cross over the other one.
  6. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    Our club's layout has a double crossover at the end of one of our yards where a lot of stuff happens. It just made sense to put it in there. Its even got 4 tortoises on it!

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