New Layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by hickstmj, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    Here is a drawing of my track plan. It will be HO. 10' x 6'. I am trying to stay with a 24" minimum radius. Any comments or suggestions welcome.
    Thank you

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  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Will you have access all the way around the layout? Even if it is against a wall or two walls in a corner, if it is on wheels so that you can move it out to get access all the way around will be good. Otherwise some of the tracks will be very hard to reach. A corrolary to "murphy's law" is that derailments always occur at the most inaccessable points on the layout.
  3. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    It will be in a corner, against the wall on the back & right sides. I am thinking about putting the legs on furniture mover instead of wheels so it can be pulled out. I know Murphy's Law too well & I believe he was an optimist. Has anyone used furniture movers on a layout this size? I think I will be using 4" of foamboard as a base to cut down on weight.
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    furniture movers

    I used them on a 6x12 ho layout that was all wood and had no problems. They worked very well in fact.

  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I see a loop-to-loop plan, but with a cutoff that turns part of it into a continuous loop. As an operation-oriented modeller, I always wonder what the purpose of such arrangements is. To me, they defeat any impression of distance.
  6. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    I actually want ability for continuous run option so I can just sit back & watch them go sometimes but if you see a better way to allow this I would be interested.
    Thank you for your input.
  7. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Which do you want as the primary routing: continuous or loop-to-loop?
  8. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    Loop to loop, I think, but I'm open to suggestions as this is my first layout.
  9. dwiemer

    dwiemer Member

    Marcie, I too like the option of continuous/loop running and point to point. I have a hidden reverse curve under a mountain and then, by virtue of the mountain, another reverse curve that is not too obvious. I have sidings arranged in such a way that I can do point to point as well as heavy yard work. It does take considerable space though to have both capabilities. I like your plan. Creative scenery will be very affective in diminishing the loops. As to access, you could have another hidden cut out on the left side in between the sidings and the loop. Good Luck,
  10. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    Dennis, Thank you for your comments & encouragement.
  11. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    How will you be constructing your grades? Also, have you done a grade check to see what percent it will be? Very creative plan, looking forward to your progress.
  12. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    I'm not sure about the grades but I am looking at the Woodland Scenics risers. I will try to keep a maximum 3% grade.
    Thank you for your interest Galen.
  13. cnw1995

    cnw1995 Member

    I like how this allows you the options you want - to run continuously or just switch - it also gives you a large area in the middle for scenery. Can you reach everywhere - from either the end that will not be in the corner or from the cut-out. That was a high value to me - because inevitably, "my" law being in effect as you noted, something will derail in the far-est corner.
  14. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    I am not sure if I will be able to reach everything yet. I may have to add a cut out on the left side too. It will be on furniture movers so it can be pulled out & it will not be too high as I am only 5' tall. When my husband starts to build framework I will try out the reach & may have to make some adjustments. Thank you for looking.
  15. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    What sort of template did you use to plan that's 3/4" to the foot?

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