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 Posted: Mon Nov 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm
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lostinoz
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Hi all

I need help.  :bang:

Whats best,  Traverser or Sector Plate as I have little room and it will not be part of layout.

In Australia these are rarely seen. I just would like personal opinion as I have looked a heaps of web sites on how to build one, But nobody has a preference.


 HELP :thumb:

 

Ralph (lostinoz)

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 Posted: Tue Nov 3rd, 2009 12:29 am
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Ralph

Probably even rarer in the US than in OZ

But certainly a question that Pilotfriend can answer



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 Posted: Tue Nov 3rd, 2009 07:03 am
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To an extent, the choice is a matter of taste. As the gauge gets smaller, the harder it gets to ensure proper register and a sector plate become better as at least one end is tied down.

The downside to both systems if one is using an end to end layout is that the trains will need to be reversed. Some folks build a cassette system into their traversers so the entire train can be picked up as one.

Shown below is a traverser built for my layout which was used until all the modules were complete and a rear fiddle yard installed. It worked quite will but our 9mm gauge asked a lot of it.



Here are some links that may be helpful

http://mrc.murky.net/tech1.shtml
http://rail.felgall.com/fyd.htm
http://www.stationroadbaseboards.co.uk/menu_fittings.htm

hope this helps

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John


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Ralph,

I think selection is a personal choice, but that available space and type of operation plays into selection.

Awhile back I develop a HO Plan using a traverser for staging due to available space.

Here a link to the plan

http://www.kdrail.com/proj/Future/plans.html


Here a link to photos of a sector plate for staging (N scale)

http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showgallery.php/cat/1727






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Ralph:-

Anymore thoughts on this matter.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 9th, 2009 08:45 pm
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Sorry Don.

I am still messing about with track plans, But I still need all the help I can get.

:bang:   Ralph  (lostinoz)

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I think the sector plate is really useful functioning as the "missing end" of a runaround, or loop. It's also useful to provide routing to a fiddle located behind a backdrop. A traverser can have multiple tracks and so provide for some car holding and more complex "off-the-layout" operating schemes at the expense of some real estate and construction effort. As always, there are many terrific examples on Carl Arendt's wonderful 'site. The layout design may naturally favor one over the other. Have fun!

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Hi,

for my Gn15 module layout (1:22.5 scale on 16.5mm track) I have planned two fiddle yards as sector plate for the whole train. Here's my plan





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Decades ago I made a traverser, HO standard gauge, about 4' long and 6 parallel tracks. Later will post the lurid details.



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I think that Juergen's idea is the best solution--if there is room for it--as it gives the ability to reverse the train for the return trip--something that sectors or traversers do not permit.


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