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I need some feedback and a second pair of eyes on this layout I am planning! I have a layout that is full FasTrack and I am making the switch.

Looking to incorporate a lot. I have a pretty set space in an unfinished basement. The yard is under the stairs. Dark grey rectangle and circle are HVAC and water heater.

Using Gargraves/Ross

Min curve on the outside main is O72 

Min curve on the inside main and elevated track is O56

Track colors - Dark green is at 0"-2". Lighter mint green is grade. White is at 10". 


Let me know what you think!


Edgewood Railroad - Track Plan

Edgewood Railroad - 3D


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@Ted S posted:

Nice!  Is that some kind of helix around the mountain at right?  Also, what kind of software did you use to create this design?  It's a little hard to get a sense of the detail in the middle of the layout.  Any chance of sharing the original file?

Yep! It is a helix.

I used RailModeller Pro on a Mac. I don't have a PC and this is a Mac-specific program. Here is the file. Maybe you can open it?

I know what you're saying regarding the detail. It contains a station, transfer table, and then I tried to draw in some roads and roundabouts.


Unfortunately I don't have a Mac, just PC. 

Really it's a nice plan and you have a lot of space!  My concern with the circular helix is this: if its diameter is 56" and you allow 6.5" (suggested minimum) between turns, that works out to a 3.7% grade.  On an O56 curve.  Not impossible, but steeper than I would prefer.  Depending on train length you might shed a few rubber tires every now and then. 

If you could sneak one track width behind the water heater, you could have a separate, oval-shaped helix with a longer run between successive turns.  This would reduce the steepness of the grade. Train goes behind the heater, and comes back on the upper level!

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