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Reply to "A Three-Train/Three-Loop Lionel FasTrack Layout on Two 4x8s, O36 Minimum"

@ncdave posted:

Ken,
Many years ago when I was planning my layout I read about easements in a Model Railroad Tips and Trips book.  So when I finally built my current layout, using FastTrack, I made the easements using the following curves. An 048curve, a 036curve, a048 curve, a 036curve and a 048curve. Seems to me this method results in fewer pieces of track used, fewer joints and quieter operation. Is there a big difference in curve radius  in the method you use and curve radius method I have used?

BTW Ken I enjoy reading your layout posts and articles in OGR. Keep up the good work!

Thanks Dave!   I am using more small sections to more closely approximate O42 for those compound curves.  In case someone has O42 limited trains, these can run the outside perimeter route.   Yes, more sections (and more $).   The other reason is for a smoother curvature that better parallels the O36 curves.

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