Layout with Unitrack

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by csxnscale, May 9, 2002.

  1. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Hi all,

    I am new to this group.
    I have tryed to rework a trackplan from Ian Rice called "East Suffolk Shortline Railroad".
    I tryed to use Kato Unitrack for this trackplan.
    In N-scale I need only 9' bt 6' to modify this layout.
    Basicly it is a point to point and I have redesigned this layout that it could be used as a continious loop with a lot of switching possebilities.
    Hope this works
    File of trackplan attached( I hope)

  2. alkcnw

    alkcnw Member

    Not a bad start, but it seems you have a whole lot of empty in the middle. Also if the dimensions are 9' by 6' it will either have to be free standing in the middle of the room or one end against the wall because you won't be able to reach into it to work on it.:eek:
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    What are you going to do with all the space in the middle? Won't that much Kato Uni-track cost in excess of 4 or 5 hundred dollars?
  4. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    I like the overall design. Is this plan intended as a shelf layout, or will it be on a table?

    Like Tyson said, that Kato Unitrack is EXPENSIVE! I hear that its easy to use and pretty reliable, though; so if money is no object, go for it!
  5. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Thanks for reply.

    The benchwork will be a free standing table with a hole in the middle from where I can run my trains.
    This a sort of shelf type layout with shelf width varying from 1' to 1' 6". Layout height about 4'.

    I know Unitrack is expensive but after two years of experimenting with it I own a lot of it.

  6. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Paul and welcome to the gauge. Thats a nice looking plan, but as stated, could do with some more visual effects even if you intend to control it from the middle. Why not have a Mine somewhere off towards the middle.

  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Paul!
    Welcome to The Gauge!
    If the "shelf" width is only 1 - 1 1/2' wide, why not simply hang narrow shelves on the wall of the room, & then you would retain most of the room for any other purpose you might need, & this would be a simpler form of construction than a single massive structure.
    This would also enable you to build it in sections. As many, or as few as you wanted to try.
    The plan is excellent...narrow shelves & N scale are a good match for building a great little RR.
    Good luck, & keep us posted on your progress!
  8. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Great comments guys,

    Shamus, great idea about a mine, but I think it should be attached on the outside of the loop leaving room for me in the middle of the layout, maybe I can rearrange a siding running on a grade...... back to the drawboard.

    Charlie, I must admit shelves at the wall arround the room are ideal, but the room I can use for the trains has to much windows and of corse a door, therefore the idea of a standalone table attached to the only free wall I have.


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