Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by tverskaya, May 7, 2007.

  1. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Anyone care for a nice slice of pizza?

    Toppings include a most delicious hill, a highly entertaining tram loop (free tunnel included!) and a most extraordinary funicular climbing up the hill. Add a road snaking through the lower part of the layout, a couple of beautiful trees, maybe even in spring blossom and a house with an idyllic view situated on the hilltop...

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  2. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    cant wait to see some progress on'er :thumb:--josh
  3. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Funiculars are often seen in pairs, with both acting as a counterweight to the other. Hanging them on a cable on two sets of tracks would be the easiest way, but a much more realistic solution would be to construct a gauntlet track, but I doubt it'll be an easy task finding unflanged and double-flanged wheels as per the prototype. The beauty of that is that there's no switching involved and it always works...

    Of course, a single car system would probably be enough of a sight...

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  4. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Looks like a great pizza!
    Cut me a slice! :D
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I am intrigued! Definitely looking forward to seeing this pizza get made!
  6. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Thanks for your encouragement! I might even head to the shop to pick up some flex track and track cutters tomorrow. Had takeaway Chinese today for supper. Should have been pizza.
  7. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I have a feeling that this one will have some real potential. As a fellow pizza layout modeler as well, I look forward to seeing LOTS of pictures of your progress!!!:-D I hope my sons layout was some inspiration for you.
  8. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Got five feet of flex track from the friendly local hobby store today. Was delighted to find out that flex track is more like elastic track! Always thought that it would be like forcibly bending copper wire or something and that it could never, ever be bent back to it's original shape.

    Was a bit horrified about the price they asked for rail connectors....4,80 euros (about $6) for twenty of the friggin' things! Wasn't in the mood to argue either... Later today I got ripped off at the supermarket where the copymachine ate my money and the shop drone just shrugged and looked sheepishly at my request to get my money back.

    So the next step probably is to find out the minimum turning radius of a Schienenbus (which I don't have but which is the train that's going to run in circles...must try to repaint it as one of the Serbian railroads too...) After that I can decide what size the layout is going to be. (We're talking micro, after all)
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    wow.... $6 for connectors?
    Can't wait to see how this turns out!
  10. BigJim

    BigJim Member

    I agree that a gantlet would look great. Don't know why the "unflanged and double-flanged wheels as per the prototype" would be important unless you wanted to only have two rails at the top & bottom. I did a free-handlaid gantlet turnout for my bridge track. Same thing but 2>1>2 rather than 1>2>1.

    You would want to bend the divirging legs to be parallel rather than mine that go to a hidden loop.
  11. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Yes, it'd probably lead to a lot of unnecessary headaches. It might not be such a bad idea to start with the pizza before moving on to the challenging parts.

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