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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:04 pm

ok so finally got a plan in mind (and on paper) that i'm happy with so pls cast your eyes and minds over this and give me some feed back pls

my loft is boarded out like rammy'sImage[/quote] and this is my plan

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Postby iankemp » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:06 pm

sorry to ask any chance of a bigger picture?????

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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:07 pm

just trying to work out how sorry

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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:21 pm

boards are down ready for goodies

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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:22 pm

thats better bigger pic for ya's all

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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:31 pm

the 2 darker thicker lines from end to end will be scenic breaks at the lofts beams and the crossover will be rasied track going across hills while the other tracks run thru the tunnels of the hills
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Postby peak » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:46 pm

Inverted figure of eight!
Can't beat it!
Takes twice as long to get back from were you started!
2 trains, 2 railroad tracks, one going the other one coming back. Click Clack, Click Clack.
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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:52 pm

thank you for your reply

how do you think my crossovers would be as i'm planning for a freight train and a network southeast to run on the mainlines and then have a 2 car dmu type run on the single line and i hope that i can swap trains onto each others lines to vary the journeys

not decided on control methods yet but all in good time

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Postby leon » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:20 pm

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this is rammy's loft but my baseboards are pretty much the same so this gives you an idea of wot i'm going to try and put my plan onto

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Postby SouthernBoy » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:59 pm

Nice plan - but I think your incline to get the two lines over the single line bottom left will be too steep. I'm only guessing because I don't know the overall size of your layout - it just looks that way to me. If it's anything less than 1:30 then you may want to rethink this detail. 1:40 or more is better.

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Postby Chuffer Chuff » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:08 pm

Great plan you've got there now I can see it! :lol: Was just about to go and get my magnifying glass!

That plan should give you a lot of operational interest and possibilities!
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Postby Big Al » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:25 pm

Hi Leon. Keep an eye on the inclines I went for 1 : 30 but wish I'd gone to 1: 40 or so, some loco's struggle up the inclines and then fly done the other side.

Looking forward to seeing the layout photo's, should be good, you've got lots of track there.

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Postby leon » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:00 pm

thx for your replies and feed back so far

the total length from end to end will be 13 foot would this be ok for an incline

i'm not sure how high i need to go just yet but as long as the trains have room underneath i'm thinking i should be ok

was gonna mke the hill a removeable section to gain access to the tracks below do you's think this wise

again any feed back would be great both good and bad

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Postby SouthernBoy » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:06 pm

To work out the incline you need to measure the distance from where the track starts to climb to where the climb ends. You also need to measure the height the track climbs to. Divide the distance by the height to arrive at what the incline is. So for eg if your climb is 60cm and the height it climbs to is 3.5cm then divide 60 by 3.5 = 17% or 1:17. (At least I think that's correct, I'm sure someone will advise if this is wrong.)

A clever way to avoid steep inclines in small spaces is to have the upper track rise by only half the required height, and the lower track drop by half the height, thus giving you the clearance you need where the two lines cross.

I do think it's a good idea to have a removable section to your hill in case you have derailments, to allow you to clean the tracks sometimes, and for other annoying reasons which only become evident when they present them themselves (like a rogue wasp decides to build a nest in there or something ! ) :shock:

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Postby leon » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:00 pm

thx for your help re calculations

in your opinions what will be the minimum height i need to reach to clear the crossover point


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