daviis wrote:Bufferstop wrote:Looking at that point I ask myself, "why does his trackplan have straight lines in it? There's no need to be constrained by settrack like straights and curves.
You think, if I make the straights curved, it will be more realistic?
Curving the straight part slightly prevents the mind from thinking "Trainset" which is what happens when people notice straight track parallel to a straight baseboard edge. Take a look at the photo to see what I mean by curves (Ignore my soldering and use of code 100 rail etc as I was on a tight budget, and the removable track which goes across my baseboard join between the two boards is missing in thr photo). The non scenic side is straight but the scenic side I have added curves where I could have used straight track.
Of course, the war department narrow gauge used sectional track which came in fixed radius curves, straights and standard LH or RH points so most military railways were more like trainsets, even track used for long term MOD bases and associated weapons storage or manufacturing facilities as they just used surplus WW1 sectional track as they made a LOT of it!