Elevation

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Elevation

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Post by Nick8873 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:50 pm

Hi all very new to this just starting to plan my first layout not sure about the elevation I've tested a train and it seems fine the track needs supporting properly just after some ideas and advice
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Post by Ron S » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:39 pm

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Post by Walkingthedog » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:31 pm

You should be made aware of the fact that polystyrene can damage insulation on cables.


Keep you gradients as shallow as possible, the recommended minimum is 1 in 30.
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Post by Steve M » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:43 pm

Walkingthedog wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:31 pm
Keep you gradients as shallow as possible, the recommended minimum is 1 in 30.
And avoid gradients on curves or you need even gentler slopes - curved track induces drag.
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Post by Walkingthedog » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:36 am

Should I have put maximum instead of minimum?
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Post by bulleidboy » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:19 am

Walkingthedog wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:36 am
Should I have put maximum instead of minimum?
No - that would have increased the incline. I saw a layout recently where there inclines were 1/100 inches (it was a big layout).
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Post by RAF96 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:28 am

I use 2 degrees (1 in 50) as my ideal max slope, although from experience I try to avoid any change of elevation. You can go steeper but it limits your trains and starts to look unrealistic.

As an example to give a clear 3” line over line I need to have at least 12 feet 6 inches rising line plus any extra allowance for curves and the transition at top and bottom.

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Post by Walkingthedog » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 am

Yes of course Barry. For the minimum incline you need a maximum second figure. That is what was flicking through my mind. I really should let my brain warm up before I use it. :D
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Post by bulleidboy » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:49 pm

Walkingthedog wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 am
Yes of course Barry. For the minimum incline you need a maximum second figure. That is what was flicking through my mind. I really should let my brain warm up before I use it. :D
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