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 Posted: Sun Nov 1st, 2009 07:51 pm
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John ( pilotfriend ) has volunteered to Moderate the new Track Planning forum for everyone.

We are thrilled to have him head this up and I ask everyone to welcome him on.

Thanks so much John! :apl:




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Thanks ever so much pilot. Track planning on medium and larger sized layouts can be a bear. Being able to talk with others about it and get their input in a forum helps.

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John-

It's great that you took on the job. Of course I'm sure that Dave explained the generous compensation you get-- don't worry if the initial pay checks are delayed a bit, the use of a company vehicle more than makes up for any slight inconvenience in that respect.

I'm still waiting, but any year now-----  :glad::glad::glad:


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John, many thanks for taking this on.

I am sure your expertise will bring a fresh approach.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 05:26 am
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Thanks for the welcome folks.

Track planning can be much easier since we had PCs. There is some really good software out there. I should say that apart from my own County Gate, I do make model railways for others professionally and in that capacity, do get to plan quite  a few.

I suppose I should own up to one big bugbear. Corners in skies! If anyone can show me a prototype sky corner fair enough!

For starters, I have just written an article on NG planning (Brit style)

http://www.009.cd2.com/how_to/design.htm

you guys might care to visit it. You may notice that I go about building a layout in a very different order but that does not mean I am right. For me, it is also about composition and viewing angles so the first thing for all to do is to seriously ask what you want from your railway.

best

John

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The reason I asked for a planning forum is because I'm having trouble putting together a plan that satisfies my desire for operation in a 10 x 15 room. I want a larger radius to work with, but can't seem to fit it in without crowding the room. I'm not a switchback kinda guy, I like them, but not a whole railroad full. I model Appalachia and I'm fond of mines, company stores, small towns, lumbering and sawmills (with a Shay of course) and narrow gauge (much more common in WV than many realize). I have some nice scratchbuilt buildings and loaders I'd like to show off as well.

The room is a rectangle, unencumbered with a 2' deep closet at the right end. A single door opens inward.

                                                          15'


10'                                                                                                                <---2--->



<-----------42"-----><-------28"door----->

(I have no clue how this will come out once I hit Submit )      

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WVM Nut,

You might get some ideals from this site...

http://members.tripod.com/appalachian_railroad/trackplans.html


Also why don't you start a new topic here and post any info you have so we have something to work with such as ...Givens and Duthers, Scale, guage, minimum radius, single or mutliple deck, type of industries...etc.

Do you have any type of track planning software...Xtrkcad and RTS are free.

Do you have any sketches, if so post them.

I am not a great planner but I am sure with the talent here at FreeRail we can get you started.


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Actually, Dan Bourque and I have communicated, I keep waiting for him to do some Western Maryland related plans from the info I sent him, but he is an Air Force officer and his time is extremely limited.

IN the meantime, anything anyone else can come up with might provide a good idea.

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I really think the first step is to draw out your ideas and post them here. We all have such different ideas on layouts that the initial ideas have to come from you.....so get drawing! 

JdF;)

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pilotfriend wrote: I really think the first step is to draw out your ideas and post them here. We all have such different ideas on layouts that the initial ideas have to come from you.....so get drawing! 

JdF;)

Yes the purpose of this forum is to HELP or ASSIST you with YOUR plan, not to design it for you.

I can put you in touch with some layout designers, but be forewarned...they charge 60.00 an hour. :shocked:



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