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 Posted: Thu Sep 7th, 2017 05:41 am
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Hey Si,

I'm going not change the name of this thread yet until I figure out a final name for the layout. Like it was said already, names are so complicated for something so small!

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From acorns ...

... grow OAK TREES !



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Now I've got to figure out how to accomplish my swithces L:

To go manual or automate them, that is the question!

-Jonah

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Just a quick update, I'll be posting pictures of the progress when I can tonight. However, the small layout is going very well. I have decided to go with a mining theme, and have steadily been making building for the layout while the scenery has yet to be finished.

I do have a question about motive power, seeing as my layout is small. I'm able to run the OF 4-4-0 on my 16.5-17 inch curves, and was curious what other Bachmann motive power could do this besides the 0-4-0 and the 0-4-2?

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Hi Jonah,
Using our own Search facility here with "On30 minimum radius" in the Search field gave http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7722&forum_id=4&highlight=on30+minimum+radius as one of the replies. Please see the pdf link in the first post.

There is a lot of good information there even if some of the photos have disappeared. Please get your head around and understand the difference between "Practical Operating Radius" (as-is, out-of-box) and "Absolute Minimum Reported Radius".

Anything listed that has an "Absolute Minimum Reported Radius below 15" should be OK running as supplied, but I would advise caution with anything listed as 15" radius as the "Absolute Minimum". Any localised kink could cause trouble on the radius you specified in your last post.

That ought to give you a few options to chew on,



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Jonah,

Pick up some Atlas sectional track to play with.  It comes in 15", 18" and 22" radius.

I use Atlas track to help plan a new section.  I lay everything out on a table, use painters tape to outline the new section, then move track around to get what I want.




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If you want geared motive power, the Heisler will have no trouble at all with those radii

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oztrainz wrote: Hi Jonah,
Using our own Search facility here with "On30 minimum radius" in the Search field gave http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7722&forum_id=4&highlight=on30+minimum+radius as one of the replies. Please see the pdf link in the first post.

There is a lot of good information there even if some of the photos have disappeared. Please get your head around and understand the difference between "Practical Operating Radius" (as-is, out-of-box) and "Absolute Minimum Reported Radius".

Anything listed that has an "Absolute Minimum Reported Radius below 15" should be OK running as supplied, but I would advise caution with anything listed as 15" radius as the "Absolute Minimum". Any localised kink could cause trouble on the radius you specified in your last post.

That ought to give you a few options to chew on,

I'm quite well acquainted with that PDF and thread when looking up the parameters and planning of my small line. I was just curious about experiences with people in the forum if anything.  

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I got a Davenport to go around 6" radius curves with a few shorty freight cars.  The On30 Galloping Goose I think will handle 18" radius, but looks better on 22" curves.  I also had Bachmann's On30 passenger cars to go around a 15" radius curve but the overhang was ridiculous.



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Jonah K wrote: Now I've got to figure out how to accomplish my swithces L:

To go manual or automate them, that is the question!

-Jonah

For a layout this small, I would consider over-center springs.  There are several articles on these if you "google" "over-center spring turnout controls".  Just don't get wrapped up with the guy who builds this incredible complex arrangement. 
I like the ones fashioned from a single piece of piano wire.
In fact, I am in the process of dismantling my On30, for various reasons, and beginning construction of an HO layout on the same benchwork.
One of my goals is to eliminate, as much as possible, under layout features, like wires, switch machines, etc.  I am planning on using over-center springs to actuate my turnouts.
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