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I've had a rough idea for a coffee table layout in N Scale for sometime with both an upper and a lower circuit, but didnt quite know how to get it to work.

Last night I saw a mildly interesting layout on Google and thought I could alter it to work with my idea.

So, here's the rough track design with my cockeyed curves and all.
I don't know squat about turnouts or track design so I'm not even sure this would work in a 26" x 26" space, but it seems like it would.

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Actually looking at it now, I realize with the right switches thrown, it's three circuits .... Ya, I design a lot of crazy stuff .. Some might even work.



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Hi George.

I think it could be doable.

You'd probably need to use the shortest 'set-track' turnouts available, to do it.

I saw something similar once, with On30 Bachmann Porters, operating on tight curves & a round & round 2-level plan.

It is quite amazing what you can fit in 26" Sq.; even in 1/4" scale.
I think 1:35 is doable also in that kinda space.
Check out Charleys 'Bullfrog Mining' layout ... NICE !
Those Gn15 boys come up with some compact 'twisters' as well.

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I think it's doable.

I did a 30x32 called the Pretzel in the micro forum here the link

http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=886&forum_id=40&page=1

it had 7-8" radius curve
 



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Si. wrote:
Hi George.

I think it could be doable.

You'd probably need to use the shortest 'set-track' turnouts available, to do it.

I saw something similar once, with On30 Bachmann Porters, operating on tight curves & a round & round 2-level plan.

It is quite amazing what you can fit in 26" Sq.; even in 1/4" scale.
I think 1:35 is doable also in that kinda space.
Check out Charleys 'Bullfrog Mining' layout ... NICE !
Those Gn15 boys come up with some compact 'twisters' as well.

Cheers.

Si.

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I'd love to do On30, but it might get a little pricy for me (poor artist) and with two levels that cross over each other Im not sure I want something 6" or more deep on top of the coffee table.

I think N Scale might be more affordable and would make for a much lower box.

I do however have a idea for a simple On30 in the future :)



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dwyaneward wrote:
I think it's doable.

I did a 30x32 called the Pretzel in the micro forum here the link

http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=886&forum_id=40&page=1

it had 7-8" radius curve
 


Pretzel looks pretty cool :) thanks for sharing



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Si. wrote:
You'd probably need to use the shortest 'set-track' turnouts available, to do it.

Si.

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Just so I'm clear as I don't know all the terms ... What do you mean by "set track" ... The stuff that's comes on a plastic road bed?

I know nothing about turnouts either really, but it can't be that complicated, unless I try to build them from scratch, lol



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Badly drawn in 3D

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""Badly drawn""

George, you gotta be kidding!

I wish my sketches looked that good!

One thing that folks overlook roughing out a plan is the amount of linear travel that it takes to get enough height to get one track to pass over another. Many overlook that the lower of the two can run downhill--thereby ''splitting'' the amount of grade to make the separation. Not really practical in this case though.

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Hi George.

NICE DRAWING !

I can see you're a big CAD fan ( Crayon Aided Design ); me too.

By 'set-track', I just mean the shortest possible turnouts available...
...I believe often called #4-turnouts, in the U.S.

The 'wye-turnout' can sometimes be a real space saver...

...or even a medium-radius curved-turnout.

Easiest way to map it out is to download & print a 1:1 template of the actual switches, from the makers website.

I think one of the most popular brands in the U.S is 'Atlas Snaptrack' ( using flexi-track for the curves ).
I've used PECO turnouts in N-scale; pretty nice items.

The other thing is of course.
You need to think very carefully about the electrical-wiring of that design...
...It's actualy fairly complex !

From side to side at one point, there are actualy EIGHT ! parallel tracks ! ...
...could be a Houdini job !

Cheers.

Si.

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You could always saw the legs of the coffee-table down !
Or stand up to drink coffee !

I don't think On30 'needs' to be more expensive than N-scale either.



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