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Old 05-06-2018, 07:41 PM   #1
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Quite new to this, I have a 8fx3.5ft baseboard with the current layout, I am not happy with it but i'm not sure where I go next. The tunnel does not exist yet

Some advice would be great really hope you don't mind me asking

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Hello Rob, welcome to the Forum....looking at your layout it looks more like 8ft x 3.5ft is this what you mean?.........if you want further ideas have a look at the free track plans here....http://www.freetrackplans.com/Home.php
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My first thoughts are to have a facing crossover after the exit of the terminus station. Then I saw your idea of the tunnel. Not sure if it will work as there's not a lot of space unless you miss a radius of curve if you see what I mean. A double track tunnel would work better.
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Hello Rob, welcome to the Forum....looking at your layout it looks more like 8ft x 3.5ft is this what you mean?.........if you want further ideas have a look at the free track plans here....http://www.freetrackplans.com/Home.php
Yes sorry I have updated to ft now thanks, will take a look at the website
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My first thoughts are to have a facing crossover after the exit of the terminus station. Then I saw your idea of the tunnel. Not sure if it will work as there's not a lot of space unless you miss a radius of curve if you see what I mean. A double track tunnel would work better.
I agree on the tunnel will certainly do that thanks, sorry a newbie question what is a facing crossover and where would it go?

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It is a pair of points that are set up back to back in the direction of travel. A trailing crossover is a pair of points set up back to back where trains have to reverse to negotiate them. Facing crossovers are used near stations as the lines are all interlocked with the signals and are normally negotiated at lower speeds. Main lines with crossovers for goods movements or for railworks etc are normally trailing crossovers for safety reasons. (If the points are set wrong trains will just push through them in the normal direction of travel. There is no danger of a train going up the wrong line with a trailing crossover if the points are set wrong as trains have to reverse to cross over. Unlike our models, real trains are heavy enough to push through points set against them in the reverse direction without derailing. Our models derail if they tried it, though there are the odd make which make points with light springs to them like Fleishmann).
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Can you give us an idea of just what it is that you are not happy with?

The two terminus branches that you have inside the loops could be brought parallel and a two road engine shed put over them. Or a single one just over one with a coaling branch. Sorry I'm asuming steam era, which may be wrong.
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I think it is better to not have the terminus on the right hand side and make the oval larger. Here is an idea from Hornby. It uses 1st radius track, but you can adapt this idea.
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