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Old 20-04-2018, 09:23 PM   #11
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I agree MG. As I said if set track curves work use them.
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Think I’m going to dig some old Hornby spare track from the loft and make an oval then measure the width, could get the plywood cut an extra 2inches if tight to the board. I’m looking forward to building it and would be based on the North East.
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2nd rad is 17 1/4 inch rad. Look at the Hattons or Hornby web site. It gives all the details.
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Ideally it would be best if you could add an extra six inches to the width. The only issue is (Apart from the available space in the room you have spare) that the deeper the layout is a the harder it is to reach things, so one needs to plan ways to reach track etc for cleaning, adding scenery, retrieving derailed items etc. (OK. We dont get derailments. We get temporary distortions of wheel alignment in relationship to the rails!)
The ideal maximum width if one has a layout fixed against a wall is about two foot wide. I used to have a layout which was 2ft wide following the walls, but came wider at the centre (It was an L shaped layout) and at either end where I had the loops. That way I had a compromise between space and the ability to reach things. I also had two areas behind the scenes where there was open space for operating the layout from. These doubled up as access to behind the scenes track. One was at the centre of a loop at one end where I could duck under and come up in the middle, and the other was at the corner of the L shape where I could do the same.

I appreciate the compromises we need to take in order to find space to run our trains. However the partial dogbone shape does have something to offer in the ideal shape for reaching all areas of ones layout. One can even bring the rails on both sides close to each other on the narrow central part and make a decent looking station with extra platforms if one desires.

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