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Fastrack layout plan

Recovered ·
I currently operate on a 5x9 table and I am in the planning and track purchasing phase for a larger layout. I would appreciate any thoughts on sidings ,stub tracks, crossovers wyes etc ,suggestions or help with a material list. I am not familiar with scarm etc so I do my planning with pencil and paper. Details layout area 16'x8' with a 30" walk area around the perimeter, 6' wide access to the room which is located in a finished basement.72" curve outer loop 48" inner.I currently have legacy...
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Re: Design for First Permanent Layout

GVDobler ·
Looks great. I don't see a reverse loop, but maybe that is no biggie.
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PRR1950 ·
If I read your diagrams correctly, your track goes in to the closet one door and out the other door, with both doors being fully blocked. How will you get in there if something derails? If you choose to use the closet that way, I would put nothing but broad curves in there while fitting the crossover between mainlines on the exact opposite (and open) area of the layout. I also agree with GVDOBLER above, trains only capable of running the same direction, without the hand of God, can soon...
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Re: Design for First Permanent Layout

Kreuz ·
GV, Thank you for your service. I would love to have the ability to reverse the trains. I just couldn't figure out how to work in the reverse loops and keep the rest of the functionality. If someone has a good idea how to accomplish, please let me know.
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Kreuz ·
Chuck, your right about the closet. I the only way to take care of a derailment would be to crawl under and use the access corners in the closet to pop up. I'll edit to move the crossover. A standard crossover configuration would also allow me to wire two switches to one remote for easier operation.
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Joeceleb ·
Access to the far left corner or far right corner may be a concern...I have a reach of 38 inches and it's a bit of a strain and I would not go any more.....unless you are looking to build access hatches....just a thought...
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andy b ·
Thank you for posting your plan. I have a room about the same size and am planning a layout. I'll be watching this with interest. Andy
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ChessieFan72 ·
I found two possible sights for reverse loops as indicated by the red curved lines. I'll crack open your scarm file and take a look to see if this will work.
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ChessieFan72 ·
Revised the track plan to incorporate the reverse loops. As you can see from the pictures below, the necessary restructuring of the track interferes with the sawmill siding. To correct this, the two red pieces of track can be shortened to make extra room. The pieces in orange are filler pieces that will probably require a custom cut. The pieces in green are to make viewing the new addition easier.
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DoubleDAZ ·
Stewart, that is a great change that will add a lot to the operation.
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Moonman ·
Hi Kreuz, An 060 wye almost fits from the bridge to closet as a way to reverse direction. Take a look. I didn't want to mess with your plan. Looks like fun. Any reason you are transitioning to tubular for the bridge? Better looks? Gargraves perhaps? You don't really need the transition tracks. A lift-up or lift-out gets its own set of feeder wires.
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ChessieFan72 ·
I am not a fan of having any turnouts in the closet area for this layout. Here is another revised track plan that puts a crossover at the top of the layout. I then went back and corrected the curve spacing to a 6" centerline for the two mainlines. The next issue I see is circled in red. Depending on the type of rolling stock you use, you might be ok with two trains passing in this spot. From the information I have gathered, the MTH bridge has a 4" centerline, where FasTrack is 6". Where you...
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Re: Design for First Permanent Layout

Kreuz ·
Thanks for all the great input. Joe - I see what you mean about the far right corner. The other two corners already have access to them. Stewart - I was so focused on the yard being a stand alone operation, that I missed the possibilities there. It's easy enough to interrupt switching ops and park the switcher on the lead to allow the reverse. I'll lay out the spacing of the turnout with the 4" track spacing and see what the overhang on my locos looks like. My SD18s would be the worst...
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spwills ·
I'm liking it! For a little more action, how about a trolley running down the middle of the street? From the sawmill to the other end of town and back?
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Kreuz ·
I have updated the plan utilizing your suggestions. I added a hatch area as well to be able to reach the far right corner and the crossovers. I also checked the clearance at the switch by the bridge tunnel. As the pictures show, it looks like clearance won't be an issue. Even the PA-1s look ok, and they won't be running that line of tight curves. I tried Carl's wye idea, but it didn't quite work out.
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Moonman ·
Kreuz, Very nice layout. Good knowledge and use of SCARM. It will fit as designed. The wye would have had to been part of it from start. I like them and the prototypical movement to reverse direction in a small layout. If you really want the bridge to look nice, the Gargraves Trestle track 101-Trestle will put the finishing touch on it. I am thinking the Lionel O will be too low (about 3/32") and the rails will not mate with the roadbed and rail height of FasTrack. GG track sits really close...
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ChessieFan72 ·
Can't wait to see the pictures as you build! One more suggestion to think about is to put an access panel under the lake (if there is room) to access the top left of the layout.
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Darren Caruso ·
Kreuz, Like Stewart I can't wait to see the pictures of the build, possibly the most exciting part of model railroading for me thus far. Carl and Stewart helped me A LOT! when I was planning my layout and I cannot thank them enough, of course I tweaked things here and there, but that was out of necessity. Good luck with your layout, you have a great plan in place, can't wait to see the progress, please keep us updated. Darren
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Kreuz ·
Carl, like you I do like wyes as well. The design iteration before this one had two in it for reversing, but the outer lines were O48 and O36. I thought those curves would do me, but then Christmas brought the PA-1s. They were very slightly used and I got them for a great price. If it weren't for a little dirt on the wheels, you'd never know they were run. Once I saw those on O36, I knew I needed larger curves. I just couldn't get the larger radius wyes to quite work to my satisfaction. Many...
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spwills ·
I'm not sure whether you wanted another switch on the main or not. Here is a design that fits two short spurs next to the reactor. Each spur has its own uncoupler track and should have enough space for one car or switcher each. The SCARM file is attached
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Kreuz ·
Good idea. I'll keep that in mind when I get to the reactor area.
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Re: layout side rails to keep trains from falling off

TrainingDave ·
I've used polycarbonate sheets a few inches high in the past. Always a nice look.
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N&W Class J ·
I would also vote for polycarbonate.
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DWBaseball ·
For the layout that I am building I am planning on using wooden dowels or chopsticks as 2-3inch fenceposts planted into my 2inch foam board with probably two strings of fishing wire wound between all the way around the edge. Anyone else seen this technique used to reliably serve its purpose? I got the idea from someone who had a ceiling layout thread on this forum months ago
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Former Member ·
Why are they falling off? That's what I would be concerned with. My ceiling layout 7' off the floor....no guard rails. Our layout is 45" to 60"+... no guard rails. Good track work, realistic speed, and paying atttention is all you need.
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Pine Creek Railroad ·
LAIDOFFSICK, When you are running your layout at a show, it's not the operator going to fast that your worry about, it's some wise guy in the public messing with the trains that can cause some concern. Long ago at the Boys club we used Thick PlexiGlass that the Union Switch & Signal donated, you can see thru it and it keeps things decently safe. PCRR/Dave
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Re: layout side rails to keep trains from falling off

Former Member ·
Well he didn't say it was a portable layout or a club, but that I understand. He said trains falling off.... that shouldn't happen on its own
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DoubleDAZ ·
I'm pondering the same question. While I don't expect trains to just fall off their track, accidents happen when I or others, especially grandkids with that itch to touch, are moving around the layout. I like the idea of a fence-like barrier because that's what you see along tracks out in the countryside.
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luvtrains ·
Are these polycarbonate sheets found in craft stores, big box stores?
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neuefruhling ·
I build display cases on the side. Here is what I have learned from hard knocks: You can find the plastic sheets at big box stores. I had trouble cutting them nicely on my table saw until I bought an expensive saw blade. Now the sheets cut without any chipping on the edges. A handsaw also works, without the chipping problem as it is the speed of the blade that causes the damage. A MAPP gas torch will briefly melt the edge making it clear again, rather than white. Propane is not hot enough to...
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F&G RY ·
Polycarbonate under the Lexan name.
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p51 ·
I use superelevation to the tracks on curves and run at speeds where the trains won't fly off the sides. That works pretty well, I've found.
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

Trains and Toy Soldiers ·
More videos from this great layout.
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

c.sam ·
How about a horizontal format please - Can't watch something this nice on a small phone screen!!!!
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Mikeaa ·
Am I missing something? Post title says S Scale, but video says O Scale.
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Trains and Toy Soldiers ·
you are right. it is S scale the title card is wrong
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gunny ·
This layout is O scale two rail owned by the late James Seacrest Gunny
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Allan Miller ·
I most definitely agree! Trains (real and model) and train layouts are, bye and large, horizontal subjects. Folks need to remember that smart phones cal also take horizontal photos and videos. SO MUCH more effective! Really a very nice layout, no matter what scale it happens to be.
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ADCX Rob ·
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Dan Padova ·
Okay, I have read that the layout is "S" scale. The layout is "O" scale. Which is it ?
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c.sam ·
That video above is SPOT ON! 5 Stars Thanks Rob!
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

Allan Miller ·
LOVE that video you posted, Rob! It should be required viewing for all smartphone videographers, and most definitely for all who are railfans and/or model railroaders.
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Trains and Toy Soldiers ·
The title card in the video is wrong. It is an scale S Scale layout. Thank you for all the enjoy the video and thank you for tips to make it better next time.
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

Mallard4468 ·
If I'm going to peek through a keyhole, I want to see something a whole lot better than trains.
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

Rusty Traque ·
It's 2 Rail O Scale. The same CGW units appear about about 1:30 into this video and again about 2:15: A thread about James Seacrest appeared about a year ago in the 2 Rail Scale Forum: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...ga-collection?page=1 Rusty
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Jerry Del ·
I went to their web site to view the RR but they don't have it posted on the site, not as far as I can see anyway. What's posted is just what they posted here on the forum. Seems like a real nice layout!
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Re: One of the best S Scale Layouts we have ever seen

Trains and Toy Soldiers ·
this is link to the video on our website. https://trainsandtoysoldiers.c...alayout-west-duluth/ thank you for your interest and I hope everyone has a good weekend.
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Forty Rod ·
Narrow format and jerky pictures make some of this unwatchable. Too bad. It looks like a great layout.
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Re: Fastrack layout plan

Recovered ·
Layout area is 20'x8" not 16'x8
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Pine Creek Railroad ·
Eldon, 1st welcome to the OGR you will love it here. Nice simple layout, I would however set up switches between the 2 loops, if you want to power and run them separately, use a siding power control type switch. You will want to set up in DCS Blocks any way, so this will be no big deal. Remember to use 13 or less track joins when setting up each one of your DCS blocks. Engineer with as many 30" pieces of FasTrack as you can get into your layout design. Also run Legacy drops from your TIU...
 
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