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As some of you may know, I retired and moved to Arizona. I've been here a year and have been working on a layout planned for the third bay of the garage. The particulars are as follows:

  • Two-Rail/Three-rail capable. I'm using ScaleTrax which is fully insulated so this won't be a real problem.
  • Minimum Radius 45" on the primary main (O-90); 40.5" on the secondary main (O-81).
  • 2% grade
  • #6 turnouts on the mains; #5 on the spurs.
  • Sectional Construction.

Here are the images (the notch on the lower right is for the water heater and the adjacent benchwork can be moved out if necessary):

30.0x12.0_two-main_01b

30.0x12.0_two-main_01b--3-D

I've also attached the RR-Track 5.0 file.

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Congrats on retirement!  I like the flow of the 2-track main.

My 3 cents (adjusted for inflation)...

Duckunders and retirees don't mix - I hope there's a way for you to build a lift-out section.  Unless you have access on all sides, there may be some reach issues in the upper-right corner.  Since it looks like you're planning to run long trains for viewing, would it be possible to expand by 12-18" along the top of the plan and add at least a couple of long staging tracks? (connect to the upper left, where there's no elevated track)

@Mallard4468 posted:

Congrats on retirement!  I like the flow of the 2-track main.

My 3 cents (adjusted for inflation)...

Duckunders and retirees don't mix - I hope there's a way for you to build a lift-out section.  Unless you have access on all sides, there may be some reach issues in the upper-right corner.  Since it looks like you're planning to run long trains for viewing, would it be possible to expand by 12-18" along the top of the plan and add at least a couple of long staging tracks? (connect to the upper left, where there's no elevated track)

Thanks. The section with the icing dock is removable to enable reaching to the back curve in the corner. Keeping switch work to a minimum, coupled with wider curves should minimize derailments. I'm looking at where I can make modifications to add staging for long trains.

@AGHRMatt posted:

...   Minimum Radius 45" on the primary main (O-90); 40.5" on the secondary main (O-81).

Congrats on retirement.  I very much like your layout.  (and very impressed your 3rd garage bay is 30' deep.  I was thinking for a workshop? or golf cart?)  

Will it affect your plans for minimum radii if sometimes the primary is inside the curve and sometimes outside?  I am working on a simple two-track mainline on an upper level in a smaller room, and my minimum (O-72) goes back and forth between the two tracks.  Thanks.

@Sather posted:

Congrats on retirement.  I very much like your layout.  (and very impressed your 3rd garage bay is 30' deep.  I was thinking for a workshop? or golf cart?)  

Will it affect your plans for minimum radii if sometimes the primary is inside the curve and sometimes outside?  I am working on a simple two-track mainline on an upper level in a smaller room, and my minimum (O-72) goes back and forth between the two tracks. 

Thanks.

The third bay was designed for a full sized car. I was seriously surprised it was that deep. It's actually only ten feet wide but I can spare two feet from the second bay.

On the left side, the secondary main gets a brief 49.5" radius curve to maintain the 45" minimum for the primary. I'm still tinkering with it to see if I can cut in a ramp to lower level staging.

Im also investigating doing a single main loop to loop with a long passing siding, but it's proven to be a big challenge.

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