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 Posted: Wed May 5th, 2021 10:37 pm
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I finally decided to get started on an On30 railroad after years of procrastination.

The major stumbling block was dismantling my HO standard gauge railroad,
some photos can be seen here.....HO Railroad

The dismantling has begun and now I am working on a design for the new On30.
I want to keep it simple.

Scenery similar to my HO, small trains, operation, and the option for constant running.
The industry will be mining.


Below is an almost to scale sketch of my first idea.

This is a 12' x 12' room,
with a closet door on the upper right and the entrance door on the middle left.

These will be bridged by lift out sections that will mostly stay in place as duck-unders.
The roadbed is 53" from the floor and there are no grades.

This is a point to point arrangement around the room from Town A to Town B.
The connection between the towns at the closet door is for constant running.

Town A has a connection via a tunnel to the lift out at the entry door,
for staging from the rest of the world.

Thoughts, better ideas ?  ???







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Hi Bob

I wish I had pictures. 
I built a "door" into my former HO layout,
on a hinge instead of a lift out. 

I built in a micro switch, so that when the door was open,
it killed power to a safe distance back from the edge of the world,
so that no errant engineer would run it off into oblivion. 

At least the head end. 
Never had anyone back off of it either though.

:w:

It worked very well with no duck under... to danged rekt for that. 
Most of my operators were older than I, so they were happy too. 
I used a bolt into a brass tube to secure it in a tight correct place.

Someday, if I ever finish rebuilding this ancient house,
I will get a layout running. 

I look forward to following yours.

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 Posted: Fri May 7th, 2021 12:34 am
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Steven,

Thanks for the suggestions!





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I would try and stay away from duck-unders. 
They can be a real pain, especially as you get older.

Even lift-outs can be bothersome. 
Where do you put it when removed?

Either a swinging gate or a lift-up bridge would be easier.




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I agree with Michael M

Duck-unders are a problem when you are older.

I had a duck-under on a previous layout thirty years ago when I was younger,
it was a problem then to older members of our group and myself,
suffering from sore necks, backs and painful joints.

All these problems and more,
hinder us getting under duck-unders these days.

.............................Peter.




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Have access to the layout,
by one duck-under from the kitchen, and one from the garage.

I planned to cut through the garage side,
as there are only straight tracks in this area,
and install a removable bridge, either lift-out or preferably on hinges,
raising 90° upwards. 

However it has not happened yet.

Access + duck-under from kitchen wasn't a great idea,
should have nailed the door shut,
as my wife has made it a habit to put anything that's in the way,
bottles, bread, fruits - between the tracks.




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Oh my gosh!  That is funny. 

I keep my trains well away from my wife!  :P






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Hi Bob  :wave:


I have a stash of TOO MANY trackplans ! ;)

:boogie:


But ...
... one of my favourite alltime plan pensters is Robert Chant ...  :old dude:

... who drops by at Freerails with a hot plan now & then !  :cool:


3 On30s from Robert, who I think really DOES know how to pen a WINNER !  :thumb:


Not all exactly 12' x 12' but it's easy to see where to stretch them a bit.  L:

None of the 3 are TOO :shocked: BIG for your room & they have 'realistic' spurs.

So without further ado, straight to the main feature !  :pop:





I just LUUUV [whack]  this waterfront scheme.  :s: :s: :s: :s: :s:


Adaptable to mining ?  ???
Well, it's the track 'topology' that works for me here ...  :brill:

... ships ? logs ? mines ? ... You choose !  :)


I think Robert draws in structures & switches in 'realistic' space ...

... in other words, he doesn't try to 'cram in' undoable stuff.  :f:


:java: L: :dt:


Si.




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I'm pretty sure mines, towns & camps, had all manner of structures ...  L:

... but again, it is the 'realistic' space that works for me ! & 12' as well !!  :)


:java: L: :dt:


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3 main switching locations, makes this VERY operable.  :thumb:

An island in the benchwork, some like those, some don't.  :P


:java: L: :dt:


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