On my 35n2 layout I started with a tight circle with a couple of switches coming off of it for future expansion. 1/35 scale is new to me so I wanted to get something running to test out equipment and see how everything would come together. The layout will eventually become a point-to-point operation with the loop acting as a short branch line and maybe some car storage.
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And that is for that help! I'm still trying to put together a layout and don't know if I want a circle a point to point, though the radius ordeal might make it a point to point...
I have built both ovals (or variations of the same) and point to point layouts.
I find a point to point, even with nothing more than a run-around track at each end, more fun than continuous run. Just me. Watching trains go round and round gets kind of boring after a fairly short time.
But I can entertain myself for hours running a train to one end, swapping the engine and caboose, and running it to the other.
Of course, you can build a continuous run and operate it like a point to point.
With a pure point to point you can often operate larger radius curves within a modest space, and, in my highly opinionated view, larger radii are better looking. The prototype equivalent of a 24" radius curve in 1/4" scale is REALLY tight. Probably only found in industrial settings with very short equipment.
Let me point out that the curve is really meant for single,or at most a coupled pair of pantograph equipped suburban electric equipment.
The running freight around the curve started out with a "lets try this", going loco first. That worked. Said to myself " but I know I wont be able to push the train". Tried, and I was dumb struck. Back and forth a couple times, till it got boring. The smoothness of on board battery radio control is a huge factor here.
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