Skip to main content

What follows are ALL @Ken-Oscale designs. Since 2017 I have built the same Ken-Oscale layout for Christmas. It was built using  036 curve track and had a toy train look and feel. The purpose of the modified design was to as Ken would say, save some "Coin", by using track I already had. The great thing about the layout was it was easily adjustable to whatever space was available. (Picture 1). I am a loop runner and scenery is not a major concern. Presently I have one engine that requires 054. Everything else I own runs on o31 or o36.

What follows are 3 variations by Ken-Oscale  of the same basic layout . My new permanent basement layout will be built with  @Mianne Benchwork, and will probably be my last major layout . At 71 crawling around is no longer easy! Any suggestions would be appreciated. I run Legacy and conventional. I will pre-wire for DCS also. I will be posting this to the electrical forum later on for wiring questions. My minimum curve radius is 060. I will build in stages starting with the inner dog bone loop adding other loops as funding allows. (Pictures 2, 3, & 4).

I plan to start the benchwork in January and finish the dogbone section by tje end of February. Hopefully I can add one additional loop per month with a June finish date.

My question is, which  of the 22' Ken-Oscale layouts  would you build and why?

Where would you put LCS sensor tracks? I know nothing about LCS at this point. Thanks, Dennis32

Attachments

Images (4)
  • Plan Original: Original Layout
  • 22 ft. Z: Picture 2
  • 22 ft. Y: Picture 3
  • 22' Ladder: Picture 4
Last edited by dennis32
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

It is going to come down to a matter of preference.  I can say I am building my layout in stages due to funding for track and my design has changed multiple times. 

For me I like the sidings in the image labeled Y, picture 3 because I like operations and that seems to allow for better industry sidings.  I think if you are going to do switching on the tracks at the top the extra crossovers will be nice as well because you can run engines around better.  I do think I would try to add that extra track right in the middle that the other two plans have because I could see siding cars or engines there temporarily.



They all seem like good plans and similar so it will come down to what is most important to you.  I am a believer of build it and test on it a lot and you will find things you do and don't like.



Good luck with the project, 9 x 22 should be a good size to have some fun.

That's a lot of switches for the last 3 layouts! The last 2 have a number of reverse curves. From my experience, I had a couple of these on a previous layout, and just watching the engine and following cars/passenger cars go through them looked weird to me, switching curve direction immediately with no tangent between them - but that's my opinion. Maybe layout a portion of your plan where these occur and run a consist through them and see if it's ok to you. I personally prefer the upper switching alignments of the second layout. It is a smoother transition from one track to the other.

Nice variations of the layout - have fun doing it.

Add Reply

Post
The Track Planning and Layout Design Forum is sponsored by

AN OGR FORUM CHARTER SPONSOR

OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
800-980-OGRR (6477)
www.ogaugerr.com

×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×
×