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Old 07-09-2017, 07:46 AM   #11
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All my track come from the link below its code 100 but if i were starting again it would be code 75.

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Old 07-09-2017, 08:12 AM   #12
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You have a great idea there Mark, but there will be some running problems. As has been said the track centres need to be a certain distance apart to prevent stock, carriages particularly, striking each other as they pass. I have marked in red where there will be these issues, there may be other areas. If you look at the track centres in the green area you will see what it should look like.

Whichever option you go for may I ask if you will be operating the layout from a central well? There will inevitably be derailments, even with correct track centres, and they will, because train layout law says so, occur at the furthest point away from where you are standing. Or will you have access around the outside, in which case will you be able to reach the middle area?

I like the idea very much and I am sure with some tweaking it can be made to give you many hours of stress-free enjoyment. R-
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How do you propose to access the tracks to attend to maintenance and any derailments that may occur? You can only normally reach about 2feet across a layout without damaging something. So unless you have access all around and can reach all parts then you will need open spaces in the middle areas.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:20 AM   #14
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I would still use 2nd 3rd or 4th radius where track is running side by side or double etc: where needed. Looks odd otherwise with a short length straight introduced to make it work. If you make a section of double track using the same radius just looks odd to me, as it does on your plan.
Best thing to do is forget the plans. Get some track down on the board and see how it works out. You will be surprised how things come together. Never mind the nice plan on paper, it may well end up different to what you expected. May be even better.
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How do you propose to access the tracks to attend to maintenance and any derailments that may occur? You can only normally reach about 2feet across a layout without damaging something. So unless you have access all around and can reach all parts then you will need open spaces in the middle areas.
I thought there must be working space or hole in middle of right side of plan. (crawl under) Even if that is the case there is not much access on left side of plane is there. Almost impossible to reach across on that side. On my layout one of my sections is 44" and I find it very difficult to reach across if anything happens in that corner.
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I thought there must be working space or hole in middle of right side of plan. (crawl under) Even if that is the case there is not much access on left side of plane is there. Almost impossible to reach across on that side. On my layout one of my sections is 44" and I find it very difficult to reach across if anything happens in that corner.
I built my layout with the 2 ends just reachable, since the introduction of inclines on the side of the layout i have purchased a Helping Hand they only good for retrieving derailed wagons though....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Helpin...EmU35-LVZXkvCA
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i have purchased a Helping Hand they only good for retrieving derailed wagons though....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Helpin...EmU35-LVZXkvCA
We have a couple of those, mainly for reaching awkward windows . I might need another in the garage for retrieving out of reach loco's .
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Funny enough Tinker I was thinking that best way for Mark to do this would be for him to do layout like E plan like yours. But doubt Mark has the space to do that. I know I would not have. Except for the above mentioned corner which is 44" none of my other boards are more than 29" and that is about max for my liking.................. John
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Hi Mark, I have had a bash at your side by side layout using flexi-track. It might not have the look you want but it will enable you to operate without fear of crashes. The black track is flexi and all the other pieces are from the standard SCARM Hornby library that you are familiar with. R-
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Thank you very much roger! What did you think of the flow of the layout? Did you think there was sufficient access into the middle of the track without needing a cut out hole?

Also, would you recommend using flexi track in the areas you have shown above rather than conventional track pieces? Could you also recommend If you would use conventional points or corner points to link the outer track to the inner ovals?

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