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AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG ?
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 Posted: Sun Oct 15th, 2017 03:53 pm
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Maybe here?



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Helmut :  So that's where Si got his latest track design idea. 

So the 'crazy gang' are now three, 2 Michaels & a Woodie !

Regards,    Michael

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 Posted: Mon Oct 16th, 2017 07:06 pm
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" So that's where Si got his latest track design idea "


Drawn on my lunch break, in the bakery shop ! ;)






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 Posted: Mon Oct 16th, 2017 07:29 pm
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Si,

So does this mean that you just might start work on a layout?

I'm sure you would like to have something to run your locos and rolling stock on.


A word of caution if building a layout out in the great outdoors: If you drop something on the ground it's lost forever (ask me how I know).



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 Posted: Mon Oct 16th, 2017 09:56 pm
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Hi Michael :wave:



Those 10" curves in the drawing ^ ...

... would be just about OK for my Porter & 4-wheeler cars etc. :cool:



But of course, no good at all, for my Shay, Mogul, railtruck & 16' 8-wheeler type cars. :f:



Essentially I have TWO distinct classifications of locos/stock.



I'm sure you already know this, but ...

... your PECO switches, are the traditional later Tri-ang/Hornby/PECO setrack geometry.

The switches are 17.24" radius, or 438mm.

This is called the '2nd Radius'.



My Shay WON'T run on a Tri-ang/Hornby '1st Radius' curve, the shafts 'pop out'.

Your Shay SHOULD be OK on your '2nd Radius' switches.

BUT, make sure the radius in the corner of your 'L'-shaped canyon section ...

... is at least the same as that of the switches 17.24"



Less than that & your Shay is gonna be a problem ! :f:



Just thought I'd mention that, in case it might help !! :old dude:



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Si,

Not to worry about the curve at Titus Canyon as I went with a 22" radius.  I figured that a 22" radius minimum on the main line would handle just about anything.  Even though I've been sticking with short locos for now I would like to be able to run some 2-6-2, 2-8-0, or maybe even a 2-6-6-2.



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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 10:59 am
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OK, so here's the flip side to this argument.  I'm modeling On30 in a 12' X 11' room.  I did a pencil sketch on paper just to develop some ideas.  Then I downloaded AnyRail and found that I could have so much more operation ability.  Learning how to use the program was pretty easy.  I could lay out a track plan, modify it, set perameters like minimum radius and maximum grade.  I could even design structures to be built from scratch later on.  I was able to develop new ideas in a new layer so it didn't interfere with what I had already designed.  If I liked the new idea it was easy to replace the old design with the new.  I then used the program to help me design the benchwork.  After fussing with the track plan for about a month I decided I had what I wanted.  We moved into this house in July of this year and I've recently begun construction of the layout.  I'm able to use the design to verify lengths of wood for the frame.  The program shows lengths in inches down to .001".  Of course 1/16" is accurate enough for this but it sure has been helpful.  There have been mistakes where framing had to be moved around to make clearance for the turntable or coaling tower pit but changes to the design are easy to make before you get too far into it. With all that said.....I think using a program like AnyRail saves time, helps to develop design ideas and gets the actual construction going faster.
- Tom

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 Posted: Mon Nov 27th, 2017 11:10 am
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One more thing I forgot to mention.  Once you have your design worked out on the computer you can load it into a program called TrainPlayer and run digital trains through it to see if you like your track plan.  Do the sidings work?  Should there be a runaround here?  Is the operation challenging but still fun?  Pretty cool and it takes no time at all.  I downloaded TrainPlayer Light for free and only used it to test out my design.  After a couple of run throughs I was done.  It can also be used as a design program by itself.
- Tom

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