Engine shed track distances

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Engine shed track distances

Postby BobDM » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:35 pm

Is the space between tracks in front of a steam engine shed the same as on the main line?

I was looking at a picture and I got the impression it was wider, which makes sense considering all the activity around the shed.

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Re: Engine shed track distances

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:06 pm

Where there are more than two tracks side by side there's usually a 10ft gap to provide safety for personnel who need to be on the track. I've always assumed that the tracks in a shed would be at least 10ft apart. Any one got a tape measure?
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Re: Engine shed track distances

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Ultimately it will boil down to how wide the doors on your model shed are!
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Re: Engine shed track distances

Postby Ex-Pat » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:05 pm

The 2 roads that go through Hawick shed were real-life 12ft between centres - leaving me approx. 16mm between sleeper ends in model form.

Rather interestingly however there were plans at one stage (that were never implemented) to build a new 3-road shed nearer the turntable. Strangely, the 3 roads would not have been equal distances apart, with 15ft and 21ft between centres!

So you'll be safe going with any of the above unless you have a specific prototype in mind.

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Re: Engine shed track distances

Postby stuartp » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 pm

If you have an end-on photo of the shed in question you can work out the distance by comparing with the track. Remember though if working in OO that the rails should be about 19mm apart, not about 17mm !

If not, ten foot minumum is a reasonable assumption, plus a bit if there are structures between the tracks e.g. water crane, bit of timber/girder/wall holding the roof up etc.
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