Discussion in 'FAQs' started by shamus, Jun 23, 2002.
Oh yeah! A little too much fun!
Both, without a doubt for me. Every railroad I've built has had provision for continuous run. As others have stated, sometimes you just want to see a train running without having to "operate" it. But watching a train run around in circles, even large ones which twist all around, gets boring real quick if that's all there is. I've been fortunate to have a fair amount of space available for my layouts, the smallest was 5 x 14. On that one, only the run along the front 14' length was visable, both turnback curves and several staging tracks along the back were hidden. A turnout from that front track climbed a grade to the rest of the llayout, above and behind that lower main. Whenever I was in the basement, a train was running on that bottom loop, even if I was just going by for tools for some project I was doing elsewhere. But when I operated, I ran the rest of the layout. My currant layout is two levels, with the bottom being continuous run (but when "operated" it functions point to point) and the upper level point to loop. I had thought about posting my track diagrams in the trackplanning section along with my reasoning for doing things the way I did, but wasn't sure anyone would be interested. It would get rather long, like this post! If anyone would like to see it, let me know.
Val, I think if you look at your deep ionner self, you will realize, you too are a looper:
Go ahead, tack on some wood and close the loop...
One o fmy recent track plans has one track running off to the back of a workbench. The idea is to send a loco off from the bench after working on it or the car it's pulling. Kind of eliminates need for a test track too
You have devolped an interesting concept Gary. Yes please, we would like to see the track plan when you get around to posting it.
Not sure you wanted to see mine, but I'll post mine on the track plans forum rat now!
Oops, I was thinking of Steve's built in bench idea. I'll post it anyway, since I've already converted it and transferred the file...
Jon - isn't that supposed to be spelled "raht nayow"?
We like to keep it less formal Or if real excited, Rhat Neeeeeeow!
Gary, I'm with the rest of 'em - post that track plan, please.
As those of you who have waded through my verbose, wordy, and otherwise lengthy posts on the Track Planning forum already know, I favor point-point if space permits. However, I see a real need for having some provision for running it continuously on some occasions.
So, I guess I have become a combo guy.
I have a combination of both, it allows me to run my local freight round and round whilst the other services go out and back (and also turn the cassettes).
Your layout was fun to operate on, I don't see any reason for not posting the plan.
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