Tagged With "design"

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A Layout Design Challenge

Dan Padova ·
I'm in the process of designing my layout to be. Still have at least a year before it gets started. I wonder if anyone here would care to come up with a layout based on the following criteria. At the moment, I have no plans to award a prize, other than to visit the layout and my garden railway when the layout is completed..... Here is the design criteria; Tubular track throughout. Plenty of O22 switches and four O72 switches on hand. I have a 10 x 14 foot area to work with. The room is...
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Layout Design Assistance for J&SO Lines

tcochran ·
Since I think I am going to have to yank up all my track to run more power drops. I figured it might be a good time to think about possibly redesigning my current track plan. I will include what I currently have and the dimensions of my bench work. On the benchwork (labeled TrainTableExact) diagram there are some brown rectangles that roughly correspond to a false wall I plan on putting a backdrop on. It is not exact but very close. I have attached the scarm files and jpegs of my current...
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please share photos of your layout lights

Garrett76 ·
Would like to see pics of layouts with a lighted scenery elements (bridges, street lights, beacons, buildings, crossbucks, etc). The more the better. Less room/ambient lighting is also good. Thanks!
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Fictional Trains

Andrew Boyd ·
This is one for ideas regarding fictional railroads. Or simply, fictional locomotives for real railroads. If it's not something that really existed. You can talk about your ideas here. I had wanted to make this because there was simply no good place for me to talk about it. Real Trains was selected because these are typically supposed to regards things like alternate timelines for various railroads, and none of the model forums fit. So here we are. It doesn't matter how outlandish your idea...
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layout cameras and single monitor display

Garrett76 ·
I have a separate thread going about a crawlspace layout I am considering. Related to that, I would like to place multiple IP cameras around the layout and view the feeds on a single monitor at the head of the layout. Anyone know a simple way to rig this up? I was thinking a home security camera package would do the trick without the need to include a PC. Maybe there's an older set that has dropped in price? I would prefer wired setup, there is enough wireless radiation in my life. Hoping to...
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RIGHT ON TRACK MODELS STARTS PROTOTYPE FOR O SCALE FACTORY UPDATED

Right On Track Models ·
THIS WAS A CUSTOM STRUCTURE I HAD BUILT FOR A CUSTOMER SOME TIME AGO, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL REQUEST TO ADD THIS TO OUR KIT LINE. WE ARE IN THE DESIGN STAGE AND SHOULD BE ASSEMBLING THIS SOME TIME NEXT WEEK. PLANS ARE BEING WORKED TO ALLOW THIS STRUCTURE TO BE BUILT IN ANY CONFIGURATION YOU DESIRE. WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH FURTHER DETAILS AND PHOTOS AS THE PROCESS OF DESIGNING PROGRESSES. MAY 11TH, BEEN WORKING HARD ON THIS KIT AND WAS ABLE TO DRAW AND CUT ALL COMPONENTS AND START THE ASSEMBLY.
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Greater Penn RR Final Track Plan (Well 99.9% sure it's final)

Kreuz ·
Well, since my first post about designing my first permanent layout two years ago, I think I have a final track plan. A lot has changed in that time, including the room that the layout will be in. Instead of a spare bedroom, I was able to procure the bonus room, so I have a 15'x'18' room to work with. The fact that my son moved in with me and needed that bedroom, made the negotiation much easier. Will also make it much easier for us to spend time together on the build. If your interested in...
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New Video Of Layouts We Built In North Lake Tahoe & One Just Completed For Former Intel CEO

railroadbackdrops.com ·
Hey guys, most of you have probably seen our ads in OGR for AffordableModelRailroads.com We are a professional design and construction company. I just found out I am allowed to post pictures and videos of our work so below are links to two recent layouts we have built, the first on is an O Scale layout for a client in North Lake Tahoe and the second one is and HO layout for former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich...I know it isn't O Scale but it is a nice testimonial and was done with a cool on...
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Re: Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

Eddie ·
I too have used Evan's software. I'm not the most creative guy, but his things do look good. Also, great service, just call if you have a problem. Nice LED selection also. Ed
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Design a trackplan - not as easy as it looks!

Kelunaboy ·
New train room is what realtors call a "bonus room", 15' x 13' with a full bath and closet. I'm planning a new layout with a size of 11' x 13'. I designed both U-shaped and around the room with lift-out. Last time I had a O Gauge layout was 8 years ago... Using licensed SCARM and have posted my favorite plan, so far. Have a long way to go with the track design - that is not as easy as it looks! Parameters are: Easy access to almost every part of the layout. Continuous running, with some...
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First Try at Layout Design

C&Osteam ·
Hey Friends. I put this image together to send Steve Ross. This idea is for a 072 Allegheny. I’m trying to get a reverse loop into the layout. Not so simple. The one curved switch is 072/054. Too tight for the Allegheny. Thoughts? More ideas? I am sure I have overlooked a few other possibilities.
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Re: Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

Jim Teeple ·
I have their advertiser and window maker and love them, I have no experience with the model builder but see some samples on their web site and it looks like they are hosting a trade of designs on another website, Dave has great support, I think you will be pleased my first product of theirs was Graphic Depot on 3 1/2 floppy for windows 95/98 and i still use it so they have been in busines a long time, must be doing something right. Jim Warren, Ohio
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Re: Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

DMASSO ·
I have not made any cardstock items but I use it for building foundations, etc. here is a lally column cover that I made using the program.
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Re: Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

Evan Designs ·
You do not have to make the plunge "blind" you can try a free O gauge building made using Model Builder here: http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/freebuilding.html Video showing step by step how the software works is here: http://evandesignsmodelbuilder.com/tutorials.php a pretty large gallery (around 200 pics) of customer-built buildings is here: http://www.modeltrainsoftware....lder-buildings1.html
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Re: Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

trainman129 ·
I have both the sign program and one that does buildings and various brick/stone sidings. Both work well.
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Re: New Layout Plans

DoubleDAZ ·
In the first example, after you run over the elevated section in either direction the first time, you can't run over it again without backing through it.
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Re: New Layout Plans

KIKEEHN ·
Thanks Dave, I never saw that. I doubt if I'll go with that plan though . I actually prefer #2, than #4 and finally the last is #3. Thanks for the input, mayby I'll take another look at #1 and see what I can do. Didn't mention the layout planned is 6 1/2 X 10.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Nicks Trains ·
Why don't you use SCARM? It's free, just search for it, download it, and plan away.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ToledoEd ·
The software RRTracks v5.0 has a 6" grid. Hope this helps.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Phoebe Snow Route ·
I agree that using track planning software is probably the best way to go. As a child I used to scratch out some track plans using pencil and paper before constructing my carpet layouts. As an adult, I now use SCARM and couldn’t be happier with it. Like Nicks Trains said it’s free and easy to use.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Moonman ·
The scale that you use depends on the size of the paper to fit the room and the layout on to it. Then you need a template for the curve radii that you plan to use to match that scale. What is not turning out for you? The room should be a simple exercise of converting it to your scale. Are you averse to using layout design software?
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

CAPPilot ·
Michael, Go with track planning software. Its easy to do slight variations to the plan without losing the original. I must have hundreds of saved files for my current layout build, each one having a slight change to see what happens to the overall design. If I didn't like the change to the plan then I would go back to the previous saved version to try something else. If after doing many changes to get something I wanted but it didn't work out, I would go back many versions and start over...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Ace ·
Years ago when I drew track plans on paper, I generally used a scale of 3/4" = 1 foot, so 1/16" = 1 inch for convenience. Now I use SCARM because it makes easy work of track and turnout geometry, its relatively fast fun and easy, and has great 3-D imaging to plan scenery. SCARM has extensive track libraries for different brands of track, and you can do custom-spec flex-track arrangements. It's free software, you can't beat that!
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ES44AC ·
Thanks for all the feedback! I will download SCARM when I return home from school.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

DoubleDAZ ·
Michael, there's plenty of help here and there are a lot of tutorials available for how to do things in SCARM. it may take a bit to get the hang of using software for design, but it's well worth it in the long run. And free is always good.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Carey TeaRose ·
I am very old school (cuz' I'm old!, and my Dad was a mechanical engineer, too), and I like putting pencil to paper! I actually enjoy hand drawing and counting the little squares- using four squares equals one foot, one square equals three inches. So I do use graph paper. I tape pieces together to make it big enough. I add colored marker pens to emphasize certain things.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Dennis ·
I don't know if Scarm was around when I started designing my layout. I used (use) RRTrack software. It is excellent. Dennis
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ezmike ·
I used RR-Tracks to draw my layout. Once you get the hang of it it's fun and easy. It's pc based so if you gave a Mac you must be willing to use a virtual Windows, or whatever it's called, platform. Never tried SCRAM but I did use pencil and graph paper with a CTT Track Template made of plastic that had scale outlines of the common Lionel track. That was fun too, taping enough sheets of paper together to represent your space, tracing, erasing, tracing dome more... Mike
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

DoubleDAZ ·
I also use v5 of RR-Track because SCARM didn't come out until after I started back in the hobby. I then convert my designs to SCARM for the different 3D view. They both have their pros and cons, but SCARM is still free, so that's a bonus.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Carey TeaRose ·
I downloaded it, (at least I thought I did)- but all that is new in my applications is Friendlysocket and Pronto file folder. Obviously not good.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

PRR1950 ·
Carey, I have attached what you should have downloaded from SCARM. The SCARM author, Mixy, allows advertisements on his webpage to fund his efforts, and, often, those advertisers use somewhat deceptive practices or placements to get you to download their product. Use what you see below. Chuck
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Carey TeaRose ·
wah... I did download your link, but when i tried to open it it said, "Safari can’t open the file “SCARM Setup v0.9.31.exe” because no available application can open it."
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

crood58 ·
I agree with everyone in using a computer program, just like we do in real life for buildings, bridges, roads, and everything else. If you are curious about drawing scales. Lookup architectural scale online. This will explain the method and madness behind 3/4" = 1'-0" or whatever scale you want. This may help you if you print your drawings to scale and need to measure something if you didn't dimension. Chris
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

DoubleDAZ ·
This is the official website. Don't forget, SCARM doesn't work on a MAC unless you're runnig Windows. http://www.scarm.info/index.php
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Dan Padova ·
I did get it to work on my MAC. But I'm sticking with paper and pencil. The computer is just too cumbersome to make track diagrams with.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Ace ·
I used to think it was too cumbersome to set up the mouse driver on a 286 computer. What would I need a mouse for?
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

PRR1950 ·
Carey, Safari is a browser and should not have been trying to open the SCARM program. If you downloaded the SCARM program on to an Apple product, as Dave noted above, it will not work unless you first obtain a Windows emulator program. On the other hand, if you downloaded it to a Windows operated machine, simply find the download file on your drive and double click on it. SCARM will then install. Chuck
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

CAPPilot ·
Dan, I've been using RR-Track for over a decade and find it an invaluable resource for many things, not just making things fit on my layout design but also in providing my thoughts on layout questions here on the forum. I'm sure SCARM is just as good. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it was great to use RRT to see how doing a change affects the overall design. When I decided to go to larger curves, it was a great tool to see what curve size I could actually fit in the space, something I...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ezmike ·
Dave, I know RR Track isn't free and it's been so long since I used it so I don't remember if I paid for the upgrade from v4 to v5 but I'm 99% sure their updates are free but it does have 3D capabilities as well as tilt, angled and 360 views. Both are great programs and I'll resurrect the pc it's on if and when I design another layout. Mike
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

DoubleDAZ ·
Mike, I just like to see the "different" 3D view in SCARM at times along with the one in RRT. And SCARM lets you enter negative heights for objects so you can keep your base at 0 and legs at -40 or whatever. I also prefer the green terrain following in SCARM compared to the hit&miss white "shower" used in RRT to show elevations, etc. I tend to do everything in RRT and then use SCARM as I get closer to the final design. Now when Mixy releases his new simulation, that might be a...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ToledoEd ·
Mike, I use rrTrack v5 on my Mac. I run Parallels as the virtual platform. No problems at all. E
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Don Baird ·
I've tried SCARM and cant get the hang of it. Besides, my layout is not square, I thought I'd do better if I went back to Paper and pencil and then saw the mention ofs the CTT template. Would love to get my hands on one.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ChiloquinRuss ·
Besides, my layout is not square Neither is mine! All done with SCARM. Yes there is a little learning curve, all really good, powerful software has it (learning curve that is). There is a devoted group on here that all use it so if you give it a try, just ask, we'll try and help you out. Enjoy. Russ
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Adriatic ·
What are your specific issues? Height, connections, alignment, grouping, layers? Getting the hang of different capabilities and tricks is a wide variation of things. Youll roll well a bit, then stumble, mostly because there is a lot it can do, different ways to do it, and tricks for doing more, faster. The old school 3" to a square is what Id choose, if it fit on my graphpaper. Then 6" per square if not.y Any software Ive used is more accurate then a template by far. Might as well free hand it.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

HOPPY ·
Just some info for those of us who still like to use paper, pencil and ruler to engineer their track plans: I use unlined 8 1/2 X 11 paper and 1/2 in. / ft.. and line out the overall room first. Then the boundary of the layout. These I do in ink so's not to rub them out when using an eraser. Everything else is in pencil. What's critical here is drawing curves. Since I design plans using Lionel tubular, I use their O gauge curves. This now is the "It's Okay if you Laugh" part: I use jar lids...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Ace ·
Oh yeah, sounds familiar. I had various jar lids to draw out different track radii. Years ago ! Now, I couldn't be happier with SCARM. I've used it to draw up some of the old sectional track plans from hobby books and magazines and it's often comical to find out how much they fudged the fits. Multi-level track plans might have impractical scenery in an artist's sketch and SCARM 3-D views would reveal the shortcomings.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

BXCXDan ·
Mike, here are some points when designing a model RR that I have posted in recent weeks on other posts when designing a model RR. I think they might help. Along with using SCARM.. etc.. these points might help. Good luck with your design. Dear Sir, Having built a few layouts.. to the one I now have in my own barn.. I would consider these valuable lessons. -No duck unders.. Having those suck. Especially for those with back, leg, hip issues.. if you feel you need a duck under.. then built the...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Tony_V ·
I'v used RR Track for over a decade. I've never tried SCRAM simply because I have RR Track and had it long before SCRAM was available. Either way I also have a MAC. I use VMware Fusion on my MAC to run Windows 7 where both my RR Track software and my MTH loader software run. Now the disclosure, I work for VMware. I get their software for free. There are others out there (Parallels, Virtual PC) but I have no experience with anything other VMware Fusion. Tony Screen shot of my MAC running...
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

clem k ·
I tried RR Track v5. Never did get the hang of it. Couldn't get two pcs. of track together let alone a basement size layout. Went back to pencil and paper and all is right with the world. Layout up and running, with scenery in 3 months. Did I make changes ? yes. Did I make additions ? yes. Am I sill making it different? yes. But only because I want to, Like what as already been suggested its built modular. Clem
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ES44AC ·
Very helpful, thanks so much! Yes, I'm considering Sand Patch layout set in the 1970's-90's. Also considering a 90's Santa Fe layout as well set in Illinois and Missouri. I need help deciding! Lol...
 
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