Using XTrkCad printout for template

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by bentgen, May 12, 2006.

  1. bentgen

    bentgen New Member

    After spending two nights laying out transition curves with a beam compass,I decided to try printing out the XTrkCad file at 1:1 scale to see if I could use it as a template. Printing it to 11 x 17 paper worked, but it was difficlult to layout and overlap all of the sheets for a 4' x 8' layout. The engineering department where I work allowed me to use their 36" plotter, so I printed out two overlapping sheets. Track laying production has increased

    dramatically. I'll cut the drawing out from under the track and put in cork a short segment at a time.


    The picture is a hyperlihnk to a larger view.

    This is working so well, I'm thinking of replacing the sectional track with flex.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Very cool...! Unfortunately, there are severe pentalties for using the large format printer where I work... :(

    Definitely go for the flex track. There will be a bit more cutting required, but a lot less joints to make.


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