A full oval railway or half loop?

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A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby JamesNewbie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:29 pm

is it possible to have a "half loop" or a full oval railway to work?

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby Emettman » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:55 pm

A full oval is only a requirement for a "watching the trains go by" style of layout.
It can actually get in the way where *operating* trains is a priority.

In N,depending on the trains wanted, curves can go down to 9" radius so a board 20" wide *at the ends* can deliver an oval track.
(longer modern stock may need 11"-12" minimum curves to be happy)

End to end running on an L or U shaped layout can be exactly what is wanted, either with two (or more) termini or with one terminus and a fiddle yard to re-marshal and turn trains.
Here modern era makes passenger trains much easier to handle, as most don't need a loco to be "at the right end."
Modern freight can be more tricky as long rakes of identical wagons are nearer the norm. The slow goods train working each small goods yard in turn has pretty much gone.

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby JamesNewbie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:04 pm

my layout is a n gauge "u"which is used for "shunting", in the end it'll have 7 (yes 7!) sidings all filled with coaches

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby End2end » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:14 pm

I started off with an end to end 00 layout (thus the forum name) with sidings on a sort of Z shaped track layout with some of them hidden but soon got bored just shunting back and forth so now the plan is to extend the layout into a long loop with hidden passing loops at the rear, and add even more sidings at the front.
It's going to take up most of the dining...sorry ..sorry.. Layout room. :lol:

But whatever you decide No.1 rule stands.
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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby JamesNewbie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:19 pm

so will my n gauge half loop "railway" work? I mean, will it run "properly" even though its not a full loop

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby End2end » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:23 pm

I don't see why not. It's more a question of DC or DCC and how to isolate certain track sections if using DC.
Using DCC all the track would be powered, on DC if all the track was powered including the sidings you would move ALL locos at the same time.
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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby JamesNewbie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:35 pm

i'll only be using 1 loco, and im only interested in plain old dc

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby Ironduke » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:26 pm

Have you drawn a plan? Even a rough one would help us to visualise what you're talking about.
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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby JamesNewbie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:05 pm

i can take a pic on my phone, but not sure how to upload to here

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby Mountain » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:18 pm

Its funny you raise this subject JamesNewbie as I've recently aired my thoughts and experiences in another site. I know that everybody is different. Some prefer an end to end be it in the form of a U or another form (L or a straight line or even coiling up a gradient etc). For my own experience, I have found that personally I prefer some sort of oval be it a circle, oval, dogbone etc. Something I can sit back and let trains trundle along without the need for me to need to stop them.
Now an end to end will work fine electrically. As long as track current reaches the trains it will work. You do not need a closed loop (Like an oval) to make your trains go, so if you want an U shaped layout, go for it. :)

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Re: A full oval railway or half loop?

Postby End2end » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:19 pm

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