Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by TrainsWinnipeg, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. Well after a few months of work on the layout im not entirely happy with the 12x3. So with the room of 12x12 i thought this out. Any thoughts?

  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Ya, go HO!!:D :D :D

    (only kidding)
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    That looks like a fun layout.
  4. hiscopilot

    hiscopilot Member

    big difference from your first plan, huh??? I like it!
  5. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    very good.

    Very similar to my old drawings and older layouts (did you steal this from my notebook? ha). Only suggestion is a long passing siding in the right side hidden area to store a westbound, until the eastbound is done working. looks good.
  6. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I can't remember if I discussed the previous plan, so anyway...

    This appears to be N scale, but the curves are still sharp. Will they handle your intended equipment and look right?
  7. The curves are all 18" radius. Drawing should have specified that. Most power is 4 axle but some 6 will be on the layout as well
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Three things:

    1. You need a yard
    2. 18" radius will always lead to frustration and disappointment. Every time. :(
    3. Disregarding comments one and two will lead to frustration.

    -I had 18" radius, and EVERY time I'd pick something up at the hobby shop, I'd think... will THIS make my radius, AND look nice doing so? Most times it was a "no", and I model the 1950's.

    I have slighly smaller space, and what I managed to do with a 9X12 layout:

    -24" radius MINIMUM. (4 foot diameter) :)
    -A yard using ONE foot in width (about 5 tracks, and a caboose track) :thumb:
    -lots of switching! :wave:
    -A LONG mainline run! :thumb:
    -gentle grades, and beautiful scenery! :cool:
    -and best of all, NO ROLLING STOCK RESTRICTIONS! (from bobbers to modern autoracks, if I want! ;) )

    I seriously think you should consider these benefits, and make a layout that would reflect these practices, perhaps a square "0" for a plan? :)
  9. But with a 24" radius i cant reach the back of the layout. This is N scale based mid 60's to 70's nothing over 50' rolling stock. Ill think some more ideas out and see what i come up with.
  10. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I think you assumed HO here... With 18" in N scale, basically everything should run, including passenger cars, long piggyback flats, and even 8-axle diesels.
  11. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Indeed I did, sorry about that! :oops: 18" radius should be grand in N scale! :thumb:
  12. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Just an idea. The ends where the loops are. Pull them out from the wall about 18 inches. This will allow access, and also bigger radius which is VERY impressive in n scale.
    The lower right loop if pulled into the room a bit might work. Not sure of the room though. But if it works it will be very impresive. Anyhow, that is my thoughts. Otherwise it looks good. :)

    I hope it helps.

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