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Old 01-07-2017, 07:53 AM   #11
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What I think I see.......

I used the telegraph poles to roughly gauge the distances when compressing the line art.

I'm not sure if I see a buffer stop.
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Last one! Phew!
This is how I see the line.......
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Given you are dispensing with the UP and DOWN lines to the left that is a reasonable compromise. I think there is a buffer stop on the siding coming out of the goods shed but if you are short of space it seems sensible to omit it from your plans. R-
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Cheers. I thought it looked like a buffer stop. But maybe a more seasoned eye could/would confirm this!
I think, the track should then be built to option two, as per my line drawing that accompanies it in the last picture I posted. (I will fit the buffer stop!) when I find out roughly what it looks like!!!!!!!

I'm a bit confused by your saying "dispensing with" and where this applies.......
To clarify my drawing, the little black double arrows indicate the turn around at each end.
The black and blue lines are the main line and built in passing. Pink is to weighbridge although old maps.com suggests there once was a cattle shed. The purple part is the pointwork and track associated with the goods dept.
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I thought your plan was showing a single bi-directional main line in place of the two lines in the top drawing. No matter. You seem to be on top of it.

P.s. Yes, my eyesight is definitely well seasoned, now where did I put my glasses?

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"You seem to be on top of it."
Hah! Only in that I know what I'm building!
Honestly I don't have a clue........

As for space, I'd like to see the complete project on 7x3 but, having seen "behind the scenes" on today's visit to an exhibition.....you guys have massive run around loops!
I wasn't expecting that! Even the N gauge track I saw, that must have been overall 16 by 10, with the main display being 8x2.

So, now I don't know what to think.........
Although it did have four lines in a loop, all layouts had a similar pattern! More off site than on.
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So, this was the original layout idea.
Already superseded as the overall width came up short by 2 whole foot!
Oops.......
Now I think the baseboard will need extra advice, as I think the only way to build this will be with add on platforms for the turn around loops.......
Slightly extending my original 7ft layout to perhaps 12ft, maybe..........

The basic principle of the layout will be the same, or, I have carried elements of it over into the following versions.......


My idea, as it evolves, now stands at this;
The main loop, (apparently you guys call it a dogbone layout) will be (with your guidance!) hopefully automated......I looked at auto shuttle but they reverse the train, so I'm thinking maybe a sequence of station stop modules? So the train will need to stop 4 times. Once per platform and once per turnaround loop.
Is this the right train of thought?
(Maybe with a start stop and auto run feature? If that's even possible)
I've seen a few DIY circuits that look simple enough and also ready made modules from dcc concepts? Blocksignalling.co.uk)

I decided the whole getting into my brothers for a few hours here and there would add months to the whole planning phase, so I conjured up my own method using an iPad app called art studio.
More shots to follow as I think I need some general input on the next phase.....

One question I need to decide is control method......
DC or DCC. I think the easy answer is dcc but if switching doesn't appear too complicated to the trained eye (not mine, yours!) then maybe that's the answer.

I'd like to be able to muck around in the sidings as well as run the loop, which is why my head (with limited knowledge) keeps thinking DCC, all live, no manual switching. So should be more idiot proof (that's me).

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!
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Default 6ft track plan.....fail!

But the layout is almost there!
Just needs stretching.
I made a grid with 12 divisions giving me feet and inches.
Scaled in the templates from the peco website......found a picture of flexitrack shot from above and cut/pasted the image to make a yard length.

The lowest isolated foot length is the goods siding leading up to the weigh hut.
Fill in the blanks with flexi!
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