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by Emettman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Pierluk's layout
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Pierluk's layout

You did ask for ideas... Your cut-down plan maximises the space to let two trains run, but leaves little room for anything else to happen. Here I've given up on the double track while giving a priority to operation: letting different things happen. There should be room for at least three small train...
by Emettman
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica
Replies: 14
Views: 699

Re: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica

Wonderful layout. Is it the right track plan bellow ? Yes, that's the close copy of the original plan. Stimulated by this thread, I recently had a look at 6x4 for Thomas to see if I could get rid of the R1 curves in the original version, and perhaps also increase the storage capacity. What came out...
by Emettman
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: newby
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: newby

Hello and welcome to the forum, John.

Any ideas of what you do or don't want in your plan?
Multiple levels OK. or all on one for ease of construction and access?

Modern freight tends to be bulk loads in long trains which affects what can be done for shunting.
How about a permanent way depot?

Chris,
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 280
Views: 119884

Re: BARGAINS!

I'll second that reference to Plaza Japan. I've never had any trouble with payments or with deliveries, and their prices are usually very competitive, barring the occasional surprise bargain elsewhere (all observed from eBay.) The Kato Bo-Bo power bogie is excellent, and is happy down to 4" rad...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 280
Views: 119884

Re: BARGAINS!

I am very tempted, if it were an 0-4-0, I could think of many uses, but as a Bo-Bo, it does not fit so easily. It would essentially have to be a diesel Bo-Bo narrow gauge. :? Can't think of anything other than a touristy 18" modern attraction. But that's just me and my layout. :) That's why I ...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 280
Views: 119884

Re: BARGAINS!

Would give an 18" industrial line in 4mm scale ??? Could you elaborate on this more please what’s 18” Industrial line? A large range of industries used narrow gauge lines for internal transport in a whole variety of gauges, from 12" up to 3' and larger. 18" gauge lines could be found...
by Emettman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 280
Views: 119884

Re: BARGAINS!

Narrow gauge feeder for N? Or narrower gauge in larger scales... Just seen this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SA0011-Z-Shorty-Power-Chassis-Normal-Type/132688466759?epid=2283462895&hash=item1ee4d95347:g:a9oAAOSwLfRbO7Yc Z Gauge 8 wheel motorized chassis ~£15.00 including postage. (More than one se...
by Emettman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Pierluk's layout
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Pierluk's layout

What is required to stay within complete pieces in the track geometry is to make the outer oval all R3 R609.


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Other things can be done to make the vertical connection work neatly, but they introduce the need for non standard straight lengths in the upper horizontals.

Chris
by Emettman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

As Emmetman says "start at the bottom and work up", it's the only way you can do it using solid top boards. Make the loops your base level. You may want to leave a couple of holes in that level so that you can get a hand in from below. The section representing the sea can be really thin t...
by Emettman
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

The basic rule is "start at the bottom and work up." If on DC rather than DCC the return loop can be made effectively automatic, with no switches required. If DCC, different options are available. Next measure the length of the gradient, and see what options that gives for height climb to ...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

I may have cracked it, at least to my way of thinking. At the least all the elements we have been playing with have come together in sensible and comfortable order. Nothing is squeezed: the storage loops are longer, the minimum radius is 11" and there's more sea/beach. Only one gradient. About ...
by Emettman
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: newbe
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: newbe

Don't use the first idea. About 50 is nearer the mark, for plans, I find. It took me ages to add a computer program to my pencil and paper planning, but I'm now a convert, especially for working in small spaces where I at least tended to be a bit optimistic with pencil and paper, making for interes...
by Emettman
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

atnas666 wrote:so the orange is the top section and the green hidden?


Yes. The purple gradient will emerge into the open at some point along its length.
The two sidings stay in the open.

At least one of the "tunnel dash through a headland" places shown is purely scenic.

Chris.
by Emettman
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

Ah, by flipping, I meant vertically! One whole edge of oval now gets the Dawlish treatment, complete with secret junction: I really wouldn't put those storage tracks hidden on the back edge unless there's free access that side (but that's only advice.) Here the station should be on a single liftable...
by Emettman
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 734

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

Emettman r2 so just over 10 :( was the smallest I used. I like that design u made there. Also what's the height of the 2nd level? I appreciate the help Rail level rise is what determines the gradient, and if the purple section rises 1.5 inches, 1:50 or a little easier is possible. By bringing gentl...

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