Tagged With "design"

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Best Free Track Planning Software

Austin G. ·
I want to get a track planning software to help design my new layout.  I dont really want to buy a software because I'd use it so little so I was wondering what you guys think is the best free software? Also i'd like to use Atlas O track.Thanks
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Baby got a new pair of shoes!

ChessieFan72 ·
I received some new bridge shoes for my AtlasO deck bridge. I got them from Scale City Designs, $8 a pair. They are cast metal and each shoe comes in three pieces to be assembled. I purchased the short shoes, but they also have tall shoes.
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Any thoughts/experiences re: Evan Designs cardstock & building accessories software??

ogaugeguy ·
Anyone familiar with or have experience using Evan Designs' Model Train software? They claim their Model Builder can create cardstock buildings that are scaleable and customizable. Their Advertiser, Brickyard, Grafitti, Window Designer, Stained Glass...
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Evan Designs Inkjet Decal Paper?

brianel_k-lineguy ·
I've read good things about this company doing a search on forum topics, but couldn't find anything about this decal paper for making white decals on an inkjet printer.   Here's a link for the product and for an article that led me to find this:...
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How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ES44AC ·
In designing track plans for a hopeful future layout, I've found scale drawings to be important in making the design accurate. I've tried to make scale drawings with ruler, say 1/2 inch = 1 foot on blank white paper, but that doesn't seem right. Most track plans I've seen are drawn on graph paper with one or four boxes representing a square foot. What am I doing wrong?
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Lionel Post War Quality

Dan Padova ·
As I was working on some O22 post war switch tracks today, I couldn't help marvel at the quality of workmanship and design that went into them. It's probably my age, because forty years ago I had Lionel O22 switches on another layout and I'm sure I didn't think too deeply about them. It's hard to think that if these were made today for the first time, that a design as intricate and well made as this would be a reality. Look how long these things have been around and we're still using and...
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New Layout Plans

KIKEEHN ·
Gentlemen, This is my first post. I've been a model Railroader for longer than I care to admit. I've modeled in N, HO, G scale and now O gauge 3 rail. I've only built 1 other layout in HO and it was along the wall point to point, it was all hand layed track including building my own switches.  All my other forays have been with clubs. I'm including pictures of the layouts I've just designed and I would like your input on what you guys think. Thanks Kerry These are my first attempts at...
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Industrial Designs – Proposed Concept Class FW "Well Hole" Railcar:

pro hobby ·
Industrial Designs – Proposed Concept Class FW "Well Hole" Railcar: This is a proposed design railroad class FW flatcar capable of accepting an oversize height load. The main design feature is a dual “I-Beam” which supports the load in a “well” and allows improved stability when transporting a tall load. Due to the extended length of the car it is classified Plate F. The “equivalent” truck centers for the car is 68 feet which exceeds the 46 ft. – 3 in. limit for AAR Plate F. As a result the...
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Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
In 2001 Clarke designed and we built a wonderfully detailed HO layout, called The Boston & Maine, for a client in Massachusetts. Over a couple of years as his imagination led him here and there the client added to his layout and subtracted from his layout and added to his subtraction. And then he traded it all in on an entirely new layout. In 2007, a potential client in Tennessee asked Clarke whether he could rework the Massachusetts layout for him adding a the beautiful seaport he had...
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Design your own NYC Subway network

RailRide ·
Not a model one, but graph out a real network superimposed on a map of NYC. Or modify the existing one. See how your design stacks up. The simulation uses real-world data (census data, jobs data, existing transportation demand data, etc.) to determine how useful your design really is. Select your line from the box on the right, and click where you'd like to place a station. Unfortunately there's no means of controlling exactly where the resulting lines are situated (that I can see), but...
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Is anyone using the RailModeller planning Software on Mac

greg773 ·
Is or has anyone used RailModeller on a Mac to design a layout using Atlas O track? What was your experience?
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3D print of TREE Grates

AlanRail ·
So I am working on my town area and I want to add trees along the parkway. Most of the time, trees are set into the concrete sidewalk in pits that are covered with grates. The styles of grates vary from rectangular to circular; with sometimes ornate metal designs to allow water to reach the tree roots in the pit. Using AutoCad's 123Design program I laid out a pattern in 2D and then like in SketchUp pulled various parts of the design into 3D. And printed the result. the overall diameter is...
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SCARM Layout Design Help

GP2980 ·
I purchased my son a Lionel LionChief starter set and now I'm looking to expand into a larger layout. I currently have several designs which I'm working on in SCARM. Some of the designs are from this forum, some are from other sites. The left column has track that aligns perfectly. The middle and right columns have track sections that do not perfectly align, but are very close. I'm looking for assistance in either modifying the middle and right column layouts so the track aligns, or...
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MTH 20-3650-1 4-6-6-4 Z-6 Challenger - Possible Design Flaw?

TLWhiteJr ·
Yesterday I received the subject engine that I ordered months ago. Upon putting it on my layout today it ran fine on straight track. As soon as it went into a slight curve, about 20 degrees or less (my layout has all 72 in. curves), it derailed. From a close inspection it appears that the front set of articulated drive wheels does not have sufficient free motion to turn but just a slight amount and the drive wheels on the inside of the curve actually lift off the track and they and the front...
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Newbie caboose questions

Sparky74 ·
While looking for cabooses to match up with my steamers I came across some things I'm in the dark about and would like to ask. Obviously there are older wood sided and then steal cabooses. As far as the ones with the cupola in the center vs offset, is this a later design, railroad company preference, or regulated? Were bay window cabooses built along with traditional style ones or considered a more modern design? Finally is there any sites or literature to help educate me in this subject. Thanks
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Benchwork (Phase-1) is done, now need some track plan design advice.

ricka1 ·
I've completed the first phase of my sectional benchwork, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how best to use the space I have. I will eventually go around the perimeter of the basement, but for now, I want to get some trains running on Phase-1, and try to put together something fun to operate with the space I have. Phase-1 will keep me happy until I can afford phase 2! I would appreciate any input from folks here, with more experience track planning. I have attached an RR-Track file to...
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Hope to see you April 1st! TW Trainworx Layout Festival

Mikado ·
Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a moment and remind everyone about the upcoming Layout Festival at TW Trainworx in Dallas this coming April Fool's Day (April 1st). Believe me, its no joke! When: Saturday April 1, 2017 from 10am to 5pm CST Where: TW Trainworx, 2808 McGowan St, Dallas, TX 75203 Admission: $10.00/person, $20.00/family, $5.00/student/child The entire TW Trainworx traingineering team will be in the studio on April 1st hosting what is certain to be the best Layout Festival yet!
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Latest Design

Dan Padova ·
I have been working on a post war type layout. I've had plenty of time while recovering from prostate surgery a few weeks ago. What do you think ?
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Subway Layout Master RR-Track Plan and Elevated 3D Views

Joe P ·
While I post progress of my subway layout I will like to show you the master track view. With both subway and elevated most of the subway is obscured in this view. It is an oval with 3 separate tracks (2 local and one express) with 2 stations. The elevated line is also basically an oval with 3 separate tracks with a small section in the lower left which contains a curved station on an embankment. There are 2 other stations. The most interesting part of this layout is the connection between...
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Layout Master Plan with Elevated 3D Views

Joe P ·
While I post progress of my subway layout I will like to show you the master track view. With both subway and elevated most of the subway is obscured in this view. It is an oval with 3 separate tracks (2 local and one express) with 2 stations. The elevated line is also basically an oval with 3 separate tracks with a small section in the lower left which contains a curved station on an embankment. There are 2 other stations. The most interesting part of this layout is the connection between...
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Subway Tunnel Inner Wall

Joe P ·
Here is a photo of the construction of a subway tunnel's inner wall as it divides 2 tracks. Not sure if I want to put "No Clearance" strips. Basically I encase my beams in ABS strips. Here is the design using SketchUp.
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Call for Entries: 2017 M.T.H. Blue Comet Award (ends 3/31) and Train Design Contest (ends 2/28)

MTH ·
As part of our efforts to promote O Gauge railroading, M.T.H. is bringing back the Blue Comet Award — our annual award to the person or organization who does the most to promote the O Gauge hobby to the general public — for its sixth season, and introducing a new tradition: a Blue Comet Award Train that the winner will operate for one year, before passing it on to the next year’s winner (in the same manner as hockey’s Stanley Cup). Note that previous winners are invited to compete again this...
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First Attempt at Layout Design - Seeking Input

JPancake ·
I've recently decided to build an O guage train layout and took a stab at designing a layout. I used "SCARM" and have attached both the "SCARM" file and a jpg file. Looking for feedback on my plan. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks, JOHN (aka 'johnny pancake')
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Scarm Layout Design Help

Jack Swan5010 ·
I have the coordinates set out for my train room, but I can't make a design I like. I will post the file below for anyone who would so kindly help me out with a design. Desired traits for the layout: Atlas O 3 rail track, longest possible single track mainline, a small yard area, and O63 minimum curves. It's a lot for a small area. Thank You!!
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modular sig websites

scott5011 ·
Hi everyone, I want to start some modules in 2 rail soon. Would like info on Websites for design and construction specs. Thanks for any input, Scott.
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Weathered MTH premier Pennsylvania Q2 pics and video

Nick PghTrainFanatic ·
Weathered up this bad boy!
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Scale City Designs new website

Marty Milner ·
Check out our new website more pictures, more items including Arttista figures, Kadee couplers, Tichey windows and doors, and Tru color paint.
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Designing my first layout

C&Osteam ·
Thanks for the add to the forum. I am new to model railroading. I have 2 engines-1 conventional, and a legacy, and cars, and track. I started with a CW80 unit for power. I intend to run the conventional engine (6- 31960) o n a test layout before opening the legacy box. I have a 990 control set for the legacy engine. I know the 80 watts will not be enough power for the engine and six passenger cars, so I’ll be adding something more for power. I also know the legacy engine will require much...
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Layout design

mknight1957 ·
This my first layout with one track crossing over another. I am using Lionel Fastrack O gauge. My question is what is the minimum clearance for tracks crossing over other tracks?
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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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Countries that Produced Trains Before the Second World War?

CountOrlock ·
Besides the US and Germany, I know Great Britain had companies that produced toy trains. Were there other countries that did so? I believe the dies for Lionel trains were produced in Italy for a while. If there were such trains, I wonder if they show up in US markets? Are there basic differences between, say, an American toy train and a German toy train--did they all use the same basic motor and other hardware design principles, and manufacturing materials and techniques? I would assume so,...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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layout design software

GLH ·
Good afternoon, I recent switched to a Mac computer. Does any one have any information a MAC compatible layout design software. Any and all recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks, GLH
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track layout design software

GLH ·
HI folks, I was wondering if anyone can recommend a track/layout design software that works on a Mac. I am beginning to design a new layout and just switched the main house computer to Mac. I would appreciate any and all input. Thanks GLH
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Layout Design Help

B.A.M. Railway ·
Hello Everyone, I am just getting started into O gauge, I'm switching from HO which I have had for several years but now with my horrible eyesight it is getting hard for me to work on them for routine maintenance or repairs. I built two rooms in my garage that I plan on using for my layout. The main room size is roughly 11.5 foot by 9 foot. The second room will be for later expansion. The bench work dimensions are, top 139", left side 109", and right side 72". My layout will be a modern...
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Christmas Village Set

Christmas Bill ·
Hi. Thanks for the add to the forum. It's been years since I had a train set. Wife wanted the Polar Exspress, so for Christmas to each other we bought the lionel o gauge set. Just thought I would share what we are doing with it to make it portable and storable. Most of this is either designed and printed, or made out of stuff from the shop. A loving work in progress.
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K-Line Porter - Upgrades

UPMav#488 ·
Hello, So some where in my collection of trains is a K-Line Porter that I had purchased in 2009?2010ish. I have always been befuddled on how Porters were able to stay fueled. Where was the coal stored if there was no tender or coal bunker. Anyway, When I lived in Alaska many years ago, My father worked on helping to restore the Tanana Valley Railroad Engine Number 1 ( which was a porter). They designed and built a tender for it and I have been looking at designs for Porters online and I...
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18' x 12' Layout Design

Great Lakes RR ·
Like many others on this topic within the forum, I've been following it for several years but this is my first post. Over the past year, I've been iterating on a potential layout plan to occupy our basement utility/furnace room (which measures 17' x 19'). I've attached the most recent track plan as developed in Railmodeller Pro. On this version, I haven't included any of the intended buildings and I realize its without some key dimensions, but regardless I'd welcome feedback on the scheme. A...
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Question re Concentric curves & transition from parallel spacing to broader space on curves

Great Lakes RR ·
@Obsidian (and others) Your layout designs have been the inspiration for the layout I hope to construct this year. In particular, I've attached one of the designs you shared for another forum member a few years ago that features a 'dog bone' design with three concentric curves at one end (which I believe were perhaps 81, 72 and 63 or 60" curves). In my attempt to recreate the track plan with Ross Custom track (84, 72 and 64 diameters), I've had the challenge of...
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Structures, (built & kits), scenery lot - SOLD, PLEASE DELETE

Timothy Sprague ·
Take a look and let me know what is going to look good on your layout! tjsprague@comcast.net See the nice big photos for details, or email me for larger images. Korber #98 Switch Tower , built up and painted rather well.............. $30 + shipping SOLD Kristen's Corner Cafe, Design Preservation Models Kit #802.............. $30 + shipping SOLD Ameritown Building Fronts , still sealed in packaging.............. $8 each, or all for $40 + shipping SOLD #42 Skippy Gear Co. #67 Flicker Theater...
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Thoughts on this Layout Plan?

UPMav#488 ·
So a little while ago I got the Atlas O Track Designing software. I have a design in mind for my "Dream" Layout. I plan on modeling it after El Paso Texas where, according to my research, is the only spot (in Texas) where the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe all converged. The largest locomotive I plan to run is the Union Pacific Big Boy (probably a Vision Line). Here is some technical details on the layout. Table size: 280.15" x 266.49" (Roughtly 23' x 22') Maximum Curve: 0-72...
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Design for 6x10 Layout

Andy W ·
I have space in my garage for a 6x10 layout. I'd like to run two freight trains and was planning on using a design similar to the attached diagram (which is 5x9), but adding one or two stub end spurs since I have additional space. (Dumb question that I have not seen answered on forums - when a train enters a spur, does it go forward or backwards?) Ideally, I want a train table that has four eye bolts sunk through the border and bolted to the bottom for additional support. The eye bolts would...
 
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