Which way?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by McFortner, Nov 14, 2002.


Which way?

Poll closed Jan 13, 2003.
  1. Always clockwise

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  2. Mostly clockwise

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  3. Almost even both ways

    0 vote(s)
  4. Mostly counterclockwise

    0 vote(s)
  5. Always counterclockwise

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  6. Neither, its out and back

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  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Well, I was looking at the N Gauge setup I had out this evening and I got to thinking that whenever I run my trains, it is always in the same direction. So I was wondering how everybody else does theirs. So here is your chance to vote (and maybe even post :eek: ) on which way your layout runs. Of course, it helps if you have a looped layout, but I'll include a choice for you out and back people.... :rolleyes: ;)

  2. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    I have a two mainline layout, I like to run one clockwise, and the other counterclockwise. I think it looks cool when two trains come together.
  3. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    OOOOOooooohhhh! I bet that looks really good. So when are you gonna post some pictures for us to drool over?

  4. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    On my layout trains would normally run clockwise because of the location where they "enter" the layout. I run trains to the top of the ridge on the branchline with the engine on the down side. So, I have to reverse direction on the main loop and run counter-clockwise to enter the branch.

    Does that make any sense? :confused:
  5. absnut

    absnut Member

    I have a two track main-line with two "cross-over loops" which will allow trains on either track to go to a "branch-line" and return on the other track. If I align switches correctly, I can run one train out on one mainline track, have it run onto a "branch", then have it join the other main and continue on to the next "branch", eventually returning to its original run. This makes for a pretty good "run", about 5 minutes at a fairly realistic scale speed. The track plan is adapted from an Armstrong plan but, I can't remember the name. Someone borrowed the plan book years ago and, I'm sure, is still getting good use from it!

    Therefore, I can say I run trains in both directions about evenly.

  6. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    When I finish mine it will be similar to freelancers - a double track Main with a branch continuous loop also. Track Plan on the Track plan forum.

    I just tried out the DCC set on it and had 3 trains running 1 clockwise the other two counter clock. It looked neat even without scenery and I am just beginning. I had to take it down though to finish the wiring. If I kept the command set there I would never get anything accomplished.:D :D
  7. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    On my current branch line layout two locals leaves the yard,one goes to the Lancaster Industrial Park and the other to Logan.They switch the industries and return to the yard.
  8. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    I like the out and back type operation. But my layout is designed solely for operation by one person. (Two if someone wants to switch in the yards). If and when it ever gets finished a round trip could take up to an hour depending on how many way stops have to be made along the route.
  9. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    What gives?

    178 views and only 38 votes? C'mon guys, make a choice and vote.

    And no, this is not a post just to move this poll back up in the listing (although a sticky would be nice....).

  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Here you go Michael, I'll move this back up in the listing. :) I run trains in both directions so I can have meets in which one train takes a siding to allow another to pass. As I mention in another thread I'm not really "operating" yet but this is a start. One odd thing though, a couple of my locos negotiate curves better in one direction than the other! I'll try to get to the bottom of this with closer examination of track gauge, loco wheels, etc., but for now have assigned some of the roster to Eastbound and others to Westbound to keep me from blowing a gasket over derailments!
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I just realized that I run my test track oval counter-clockwise or, as the mathematicians say, in a positive direction.
  12. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Well, the results are getting interesting. I wonder why loops go one way over the other....?

  13. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    I have a micro N-gauge over/under layout on an 18" square and the lesser up-grade is encountered in a counter-clockwise direction.

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