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Desperately in need of HELP with completing layout design. New to Lionel Fastrack & o gauge

Guitarhulk ·
Good Morning All, My name is Anthony and I am working on customizing an o gauge fastrack layout I found online. I am new to o gauge and the fastrack system and I’m running into some problems selecting the right tracks to complete the layout. I just downloaded the SCARM custom software to test out the idea I have and I can’t seem to connect the loops. I was wondering if someone out there would be able to help me finalize this layout with the correct pieces that will complete the layout or a...
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Critique my Layout

Doug Kinsman ·
So I am brand new to SCARM and this will be my first "serious" build (currently have $400 of track on a 4X8). I want a mountain to run my shay on and at least two independent loops so the kids can control their trains without fear of a wreck. The reverse loops, although making the layout seem busy, I am hoping will provide a nice Mt. plateau for a logging scene on the elevation and the 2nd reverse loop will be mostly hidden by the plateau. Disregard the baseboard overhang and how close some...
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EDIT: New Layout Ideas - 8x12

GF93 ·
Hi all, I'm new the to forums. I am beginning to plan a new layout -- 8x12 in size. I have a basic 4x8 with three-tracks currently (two ovals and a figure-eight in the middle, o31 and 27). Ideally, I'd like to create a layout that can be separated by THREE 4x8 boards for easy transportation (moving, storage, etc.) until I find a more permanent spot for the layout. The tracks would then connect where the three 4x8 boards meet, though not super required. I began toying around in SCARM, and a...
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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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Re: SCARM structure file: AtlasO Deck Girder Bridge -- Edited 1/23/16

ChessieFan72 ·
OP edited with tutorial.
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Re: Tips for creating mountains and terrain in RR-Track?

Moonman ·
Hey J, Your getting itchy about the layout again. I think it would be a lot of work for a couple of roundy rounds that won't scratch the large radius itch. I have looked at a number of ceiling layouts and the roadbed hanging\support methods. None are easy or inexpensive if you want it to look good. Perhaps a shelf method on three walls and ceiling hangers across the loft opening, if you must. The Energizer Bunny is at it again.
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Re: Tips for creating mountains and terrain in RR-Track?

DoubleDAZ ·
This is pretty crude, but you can get really good if you're willing to take the time to create many thinner layers. The key is the Z and ZZ entries in the Properties settings.
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Re: Tips for creating mountains and terrain in RR-Track?

DoubleDAZ ·
BTW, Ted, I put each of these 4 levels on a different layer, but that can get unruly if you use a lot of levels to create a mountain. If you put them all on the same layer though, you'll have problems selecting individual levels to adjust their size, color, etc. What I do is add a small "tab" to the polygon and make sure it doesn't overlap the tabs for the other levels. That way I can select the tab for the level I want to adjust while keeping them all on the same layer. EDIT: Here's a...
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Re: SCARM structure file: AtlasO Deck Girder Bridge -- Edited 1/23/16

Moonman ·
very nice- thanks #6923
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Re: Virtual Plan Baseboard Height, Where's yours?

DoubleDAZ ·
For me, Option 2 is easier because it's easier to relate legs and benchwork using -34" for the leg base and 34" for the height and -3.5" for the benchwork 1x4's. That way I don't have to do any figuring for track heights, building placement on multiple levels, etc., all heights are based on 0". I work mostly in RR-Track and having to constantly remember that my track height starts at 34", the next level is 40", etc., is a real pain. It's even worse when you add the 1/2" or 3/4" thickness of...
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Re: Virtual Plan Baseboard Height, Where's yours?

Moonman ·
Daz, Ok. Your method works great for the main deck. I just reworked the previous end of room layout and added a rise in the back. Looks better with the terrain following. I then use my method to add a second level at 12". Thanks for the technique. I think I'll pull up another layout a see if it helps.
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Re: Virtual Plan Baseboard Height, Where's yours?

DoubleDAZ ·
Additional levels need your method of defining the tracks as "bridges" (or "overpass" in RR-Track) to keep the terrain from filling the space. This could be solved by allowing multiple baseboards, but I don't know how complicated that would be to program.
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Re: Using Scarm

Moonman ·
In the toolbox, there is a "baseboard" (table) tool. This is layout the table. You have to use the arrow in the toolbox to select. There are three types- rectangle -absolute coordinates - displacements. I use rectangle and abs. coordinates the most. Here is a link to SCARM tutorials , from SCARM help The baseboard can be rotated.
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
Dan, there is a difference between defining the entire room and the "baseboard" for the layout. Since you mentioned "table size", I'll assume you mean the baseboard. Here's how to draw a simple horseshoe with 30" sides in a 12'x10' space: -- Convert the 12'x10' measurements to 144"x120". -- SCARM opens with a very small workspace. Zoom out so the top ruler shows more that 144 and the left ruler more that 120. -- Open the toolbox. ---- menu/tools/toolbox or the little toolbox icon on the menu...
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
Sure the baseboard can be rotated. Just highlight it, right-click and select Rotate. The entire layout, including text, can be rotated by using menu/edit/select all.
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Re: Using Scarm

Oman ·
Dave That's very helpful for me. I've been doing free hand and have a lot of trouble getting exact X and Y co-ordinates. I've used Tool Box to place track and didn't know it could be used for baseboard.
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Re: Using Scarm

Moonman ·
Hah, new feature of the rotate updates?
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
I'm not sure. I remember trying to rotate the baseboard, but couldn't unless I used the "Select All" menu option. I think that was before the update, but now you can select just the baseboard and rotate it. That's very helpful for me because I like the longest side along the horizontal plane to give me the largest workspace on my laptop screen.
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
The key for me was thinking in terms of inches and realizing the Y coordinates go down instead of up, the opposite of most graphs, like the stock market.
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Re: Using Scarm

Dan Padova ·
Dave, I don't see the toolbox on my version.
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
Ok, try selecting Tools on the menu bar and then Toolbox. BTW, all versions of SCARM are free, so you really should download the latest to get all the capabilities.
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Re: Using Scarm

Dan Padova ·
I tried looking for tools in the menu bar without success.
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Re: Using Scarm

DoubleDAZ ·
Then you must have a very old version of SCARM and it's no wonder you're having troubles.
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Re: 4 x 14 track plan

DoubleDAZ ·
Once you go through the Red/Green switches and inside joining curve on the left side traveling left to right, you can't go through again without backing up. You might be able to join the outer loop as shown below.
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Re: 4 x 14 track plan

Garrett76 ·
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm still toying with the design. I'm not keen on switches at the backside (top) of the layout since it's along a wall. I may move the reversing loop to a different location to keep all switches in easy reach (at bottom).
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Re: 4 x 14 track plan

DoubleDAZ ·
Just so you know that your single reversing loop only allows changing directions once without backing through.
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Re: layout suggestions

Ironhorseman ·
Hi Darth, Welcome to the hobby and forum. The begin with, the more information you provide, the better responses you will receive. Instead of starting with a layout, think about how you would like to interact with the layout. You can start by asking yourself if you want realistic details or more toy like operations, accurate to scale or more traditional size, do you want a yard for switching? Do you want operating accessories/cars or more scenes with building. Do you want lots of trains...
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
O scale is big. The trains and the stuff that you can put on the layout take up space. I would suggest that you cut one sheet in half and make an J that's 12' x 4' x 6' wide. This will permit O60/O54 curves, room for some interesting track movement and space for scenery/accessories. Another option is to cut the sheets into 30" pieces and go around the perimeter of the space. This permits the use of large radius curves and scale size equipment. Not really that limiting on the scenic and...
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Re: layout suggestions

John C. ·
We were all new at one time. Curious, what are you wanting to do? There are people who like toy trains and accessories, others who run "display" layouts which are loops of tracks to show off trains or an operational layout. Some folks pattern their layouts like real life. Also, when you mention you have those 3 sheets of plywood, KNOW that the average person can only reach 30 inches. Too many folks make their layouts overly wide. No matter how you arrange your bench-work, just be sure to...
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
Hello Ironhorseman, These were great questions to ask myself. I prefer more realistic details. I would like a yard I do want operating accessories but I like ayouts with more scenery than buildings, something more industrial. Right now I am running my train the conventional way but I intend to switch to command in the future. For now I rather run longer trains, two at most thanks
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Re: layout suggestions

TM Terry ·
IMO, if a railroad yard is of importance going with Ross Custom Switches would make the task easiest. They have a very good assortment of turnouts, of which a 4-way yard switch is a great space saver.
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
Thanks Moonman for the article, some more great question to ask myself that I did not think of
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
Hello John, When I really think about it I like the thought of it being more operational with some accessories. I am leaning towards Chicago & North Western since I'm from Illinois but not set on it. A combination of a Mainland with switching is what I'm thinking. I am doing this layout with my 5yr old son so I want to incorporate some items that he is specifically asking for like a tunnel, bridges, coal tower and a switch tower
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Re: layout suggestions

John C. ·
Lots of switching possibilities in northern Illinois! I don't know what your area looks like, but you could take one of the 8' x 4s, cut in half long way, and having a good area for switching, 16' x 2' or an "L" shape. You may want to do this layout as two layouts...having a switching section that is based on realism, because it's challenging and fun to switch cars around, and the other area to enjoy the accessories. These could be connected, and if they are, I would wire them to allow both...
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
That's not a bad ideal, I don't want to rush through anything. Have to do some research on wiring the track, I'm just starting to read up on bus and feeder wires
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
So, tell us about the room or the space for layout. Then, we can offer solutions for the 3 pieces of ply. One of those will work with how you want to run your trains or build your layout.
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
I have a pretty open area for my layout but I am limiting myself to three sheet....for now
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
Well, there are enough combinations. There was a CTT layout that cut the third sheet in many small pieces to create an offset of the 4 x 8 with over/under tracks. It was still a small diameter curve layout. The table was sort of U shaped. What is largest diameter curve that you would like to use?
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
Hey Moonman, that sound like something I would like to check out. 60 curve but not set on that
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Re: layout suggestions

PSU1980 ·
Nice article
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
I went the long way - read the books, looked at layouts, read and watched videos with designers, studied scenic theory and techniques and on... Then, I found that article. So, if you work backwards from the article it's quite comprehensive. It's best to follow the path set out in the article and one can't go too wrong.
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
Sorry, bad memory. it's 12'w x 16'L using four sheets. I converted it to FasTrack. You can see the sheet cuts in the attached photo.
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
thanks Moonman, I like how that layout has a N scale track in the middle of it as a carnival ride. I'm starting to play with Scarm more now but it is still taking me a while to navigate through it.
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Re: layout suggestions

Moonman ·
email me, I'll send you the SCARM file. it would definitely be some work time to recreate it in smaller radius curves. It took me a while trying to interpret the CTT symbols, and, like most plans, was only close but not an exact fit. That took more finagling. In SCARM, you can get some of the photos from the thread (or any where), save them to your computer. Then, open SCARM, select View, and select background image, then point it to the photo of the track plan. This puts it in the layout.
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Re: layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
ok, I just emailed you
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Re: reverse loop with SCARM

DoubleDAZ ·
If you mean the K-Line Super Streets library, I know nothing about it, but I did see a 2.5" adjustable track in there. So I used that in 2 places to get the reversing loop to join. I don't know if this is what you're looking for. If it is, it takes a bit of trial & error to size the 2.5" adj piece correctly and I see it's still off a bit, but close enough for SCARM. When you add the adj piece and right-click, the menu has an option to "Adjust".
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Re: reverse loop with SCARM

L.J. ·
Here is an updated image from my reply to your other thread . In the above image you could also take a 10" straight and cut and splice it down to 9.1" One of the challenges with 'Streets having only 45 degree curves and the straights being done in multiples of 2.5" is that in trying to configure reverse loops you either need to cut and splice a straight track or find one of the old K-line SuperStreets adjustable tracks. Larry
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Re: reverse loop with SCARM

dobermann ·
Thanks Larry. Found the adjustable on ebay.
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Re: SCARM Layout Design Help

bflorin ·
In SCARM, I double the tolerance values from 0.1" to 0.2" Replaced couple pieces in the middle, everything else shows good for me.
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Re: SCARM Layout Design Help

GP2980 ·
Much appreciated, thank you.
 
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