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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 01:06 pm
   
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Trestle turns out to be about 4ft tall




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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 01:13 pm
   
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Dig and fill area--track flipped over will go back in place here when grade is ready.


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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 02:57 pm
   
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That's a lot of trestle. :shocked:



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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 03:10 pm
   
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It is, Dwayne,  but only because the scale is so big--in O scale, it would be less than 5in tall!  

 But Dwayne makes a good point.  Even though it is only just over 19 scale feet tall, it seems HUGE.  I've dabbeled with a lot of modeling scales and I think I've hit upon a rule of how we precieve the size of our models.  It really has less to do with how the model compares to its prototype and more how it compares to US.

Figure the average person is about 6ft tall (I'm 5' 10).  This bridge is 2/3's as tall as we are, so it seems TALL.  Train length is another example.  A 15ft long train is 2 1/2 times as long as we are tall so it seems long--wether it's HO or G dosen't seem to make a lot of difference.  As the scale goes up, we remain the same size so shorter (by scale) trains seem long enough because they are, in actual length, way longer than we are tall.

One benifit of modeling in a larger scale is "less is more"  In HO, an engine and 10 cars seems pretty short but in G scale we see it as a fairly long train.  In 1/4.8, my cow/calf, 3 cars and a caboose add up to about 33ft!  5 1/2 times as long as we are tall.----Huge!   But in O scale, it would seem pretty limited. 

So--The larger the scale,  the fewer cars we need for a satisfying train.  (Bob's Law)

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 07:32 pm
   
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             I HAVE A DREAM 

My aim for the VLT (very large train) project has always been that it would be more than just an "amusement park ride".  That it would look like, run like and act like a railroad ....  That it would BE a model RAILROAD. 

 Because of the MEGA scale, space limitations and other practical considerations limit it to a MICRO design, but I think it can still be a fun to run railroad.

   For your consideration, here's my dream.



  

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 08:09 pm
   
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Desigining a layout for"Very Large Trains" is unfamiliar territory for me and I suspect for most of us.    It may be easier if we imagine this is an On30 layout.

OK.  it's in a room 10ft wide (side to side) and 12ft deep.  The oval is 60in x 72in.  There is a 3 stall engine house with a 12in turntable.  The switch by the water tank is a 3 way stub.  Switches are #4's.  The tail of the Y goes up a steep branch to a mine. The other siding at the end of the trestle is also a mine.

(Existing trees are left out for clairity and because some of them will be removed.)

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 08:19 pm
   
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Well Bob, looks like you have a lot more holding your track up than Woodie has.

I think that it's time for the first run  :)

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 08:33 pm
   
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ebtm3 wrote: " time for the first run "

DON'T I WISH!!!



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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 09:06 pm
   
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Since I'm working in a scale 3X larger than 1:48n30 BUT 3X smaller than your VLT... I can picture it. I like it.:thumb:

Am I correct to assume that your hypothetical 12 inch turntable will scale up to about 72 inches?



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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 09:17 pm
   
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O scale, as we all know, is 1/48.  My VLT stuff is "1 to 4 point 8", so O scale is 1/10 the size of VLT.  The one foot turntable in O scale becomes 10 feet in VLT.  The 5ft X 6ft oval becomes 50ft X 60ft.  And the "room" is 100ft X 120ft.

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