A figure 8 layout ?

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A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:55 am

Hello,
I'm very proud to be a new member of this great community. My name is Pierre and I live in the middle of nowhere in France.
I'm planning to build a figure 8 layout. Am I crazy ? Anyway, many thanks for your answers and your time.

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby End2end » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:08 am

Bonjour et beinvenue de la forum Colbert (hope I got thet correct) :D
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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:19 am

End2end wrote:Bonjour et beinvenue de la forum Colbert (hope I got thet correct) :D
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Not so bad ! :D "Bonjour et bienvenu sur le forum"
Anyway, thank you very much for your friendly welcome.

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Dave » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:32 am

Welcome aboard Colbert

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Emettman » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:22 pm

Hello and Welcome, Colbert.
" Am I crazy ?" you ask. Well, crazy can be good.

What you've drawn is a display layout for one train. it would be best with dramatic city or countryside scenery.

You've used the steepest conventional, usual, curves, which modern bigger engines don't like. It still works with smaller engines especially 0-4-0's and short wagons or coaches.
It is possible to have even tighter curves, so the layout takes up even less space, but the rule about small engines and short wagons applies even more strictly.

In a bit more space (or with the tighter curves) a "looped 8" is possible, which gives a much longer run:
this uses 607 and 609 curves, and gradients, but it can be smaller and it can be done with a diamond crossing.
(I drew it to answer a question a while ago.)

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby kebang » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:23 pm

Welcome!
You can put an inverted fig 8 on a board less than 4ft square (less than 120cm square) if your are short of space....
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(I've used the peco set track crossover as that is symetrical)

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby kebang » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:34 pm

Or use 2 curved points to avoid 1st deg curves
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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby alex3410 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:57 pm

Welcome to the forum, what space do you have available for the layout?

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:51 pm

alex3410 wrote:What space do you have available for the layout?

I'll send a request to my Personal Prime Minister (my loving wife). At this time she knows nothing about my project. :oops:

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:55 pm

kebang wrote:You can put an inverted fig 8 on a board less than 4ft square (less than 120cm square) if your are short of space....
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(I've used the peco set track crossover as that is symetrical)

Thanks for all your layout track plans. I like #2. I'm going to work on it.
I'm planning to run short trains. I like all these Hornby 0-4-0 (teapot, pug, kettle on wheels, critters).

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:38 pm

Unfortunately this plan doesn't work with AnyRail™ :?

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby alex3410 » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:27 pm

If it was me and space was an issue i would look at 009, that way you can get away with tighter turns in your plans. i have recently installed a 009 section to my layout, just watch out the stock options are significantly more limiting then in 00 but there is enough for a small layout check out hattons 009 pages for example


Good luck with the wife as well! My other half is OK with it as long as it stays in the shed :lol:

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby railsquid » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:38 pm

alex3410 wrote:If it was me and space was an issue i would look at 009, that way you can get away with tighter turns in your plans. i have recently installed a 009 section to my layout, just watch out the stock options are significantly more limiting then in 00 but there is enough for a small layout check out hattons 009 pages for example


Good luck with the wife as well! My other half is OK with it as long as it stays in the shed :lol:


Or why not go the whole hog with actual N gauge and something resembling an actual layout with actual trains. Just saying, like.

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:17 pm

Thanks gentlemen. "True reality" is not my goal. I Just want a funny layout. Sorry but 009 is a bit small for me. Anyway I draw an inverted figure 8 with Peco and Hornby track:

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Emettman » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:51 pm

Colbert wrote:I'm planning to run short trains. I like all these Hornby 0-4-0 (teapot, pug, kettle on wheels, critters).


Kebang's arrangement shows what can be done very nicely with a small looped 8.

Depending on the amount of space the authorities allow, or do not, I offer,
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On the right, the looped 8 with a passing loop, so that two trains can sit on the layout, taking turns, probably in opposite directions.
Hornby R605 the minimum curve.

Top left, to save space, Jouef 12.8" radius curves 4700 are used as a minimum
and even more compact, bottom left, Fleischmann 9.8" radius curves 6020 are used as the minimum.

Both of these two are no longer made, but can be found on sale without too much difficulty.

It may depend on how much space you have, and how crazy you want to go...

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