A figure 8 layout ?

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Mountain » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:30 pm

It is surprising what will fit in a tight space if one has some flexibility. I'm building a layout in 7mm narrow gauge in 2ft x 7ft (60cm x 180cm). My layout could be a figure of 8 but I'm just doing a loop. I did start making it on one board so half the length, but doubled the length to 7ft just so I have a bit more room.
In 7ft (180 cm) I can have a train of 6 coaches if I keep to the short 4 wheel coaches with a passing loop. May make a passing loop on backscenes.. Not sure yet.
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:03 am

Thanks gentlemen.
Jouef 12.8" radius curves 4700 and Fleischmann 9.8" radius curves 6020:
I checked flea bay and I only found Junk and scrap. :twisted:

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Dave » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:29 am

Colbert wrote:Fleischmann 9.8" radius curves 6020:

I got some just after Christmas from a Dutch shop - Link it took a bit of effort to translate every thing.

I am using them on Fourways Link they are a bit of fun but in reality far too tight for anything serious.

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby b308 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:13 am

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


Eh? Since when have narrow gauge trains not been "actual" trains?

To be honest NG suits sharp curves far better than standard gauge unless you are modelling docks or industrial lines... Flying Scotsman on 15" curves? Very realistic! ;) :)


The only issue I would have with the plans by the OP and others is that there's room for only one train (apart from that one with two curved points but that's not a figure of 8 but an oval with a long loop and the one on the bottom right of that group of 4).

As one who has built several "looped 8" layouts I would advise that you need to have at least one loop and a couple of sidings otherwise you will get bored very quickly when operating it.

Also the ones without the crossover where one line goes over the other on a bridge look far better than the "one level" ones, though more difficult to make...

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:49 am

My personal Prime Minister said: "Stop playing with your toys and do a real work in this house !" :oops: :o :( :shock: :?
I must downsize a little bit my layout. So, no figure 8 this time. I'll be back with a new idea as faster as I can.
I read a few very interesting threads and found a lot of ideas for my track plan:

Fourways - A Micro Circle

Thomas At Silver Fox Island - one for kids to drive

St.Oval - A scenic Set Track Oval

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Emettman » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:19 am

Colbert wrote:Thanks gentlemen.
Jouef 12.8" radius curves 4700 and Fleischmann 9.8" radius curves 6020:
I checked flea bay and I only found Junk and scrap. :twisted:


Dave is right. For some reason Dutch shops seem to be a good source, but it does change.
On eBay, they come and go, again, mainly from France and Germany.
If the idea appeals they can be found given a bit of trying and patience.

6020 six pieces, (or more), £16 for a circle, including postage
[url][url]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fleischmann-HO-VARIO-6000-Series-Track-/332087510937?var=&hash=item4d51f54799:m:mqUugkOAFYXnxvsYmWA4D2A#shpCntId[/url][/url]

Jouef/Playcraft, I agree, not so easy to find, but
Three circles of 325mm radius for £31, inclunding postage.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOT-24-RAILS-COURBES-ACIER-R325-JOUEF-REF-470-ECHELLE-HO-/322390574582?hash=item4b0ff9c5f6:g:q~oAAOSwo4pYemGh

Yes, not for anything serious, but they are there just as options, if space is very limited.

Now more advanced than this, nearing completion, a whole OO terminus to fiddle-yard layout in 3ft by 2ft, using the 6020 curves as the minimum.
I do use it myself!

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby End2end » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:23 am


These 2 are great foldable layouts with build diary too. :D
You probably could add a siding or 2 to give more operational scope.
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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:48 pm

Many thanks for all your replies folks.
My personal Prime Minister allows me to build a small layout like this one below in our very cold garage.
Maybe the construction will take a very long time.

(Many thanks to End2end for the photo)
DoubleLoopLayout or twin track circle.JPG


92 x 110 A.jpg

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Dave » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:53 pm

Colbert wrote:My personal Prime Minister allows me to build a small layout like this one below in our very cold garage.

I have my own personal railway shed, but I still sneak small projects into the spare bedroom regularly :lol:

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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby End2end » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:11 pm

Colbert wrote:(Many thanks to End2end for the photo)

Ahh! what you have found there is my running-in board. That's actually 4 feet by 4 feet 6 inches.
I'm not sure but I think it's Hornby setrack 3rd and 4th radius as I bought it for £20 rather than make it myself.
I needed this as my layout is not looped so I could not run-in my loco's properly.
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Re: A figure 8 layout ?

Postby Kerluk » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:55 pm

I have a full box of Hornby/Jouef track. I'm gonna use it for this small layout (46" x 40").
It will be Colbert's layout in an other thread, maybe one day... :roll:
Or something like that:

DOUBLE LOOP LAYOUT 02.jpg


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