Yard to store 4-12 car consists.

I want to add a consist storage area starting out with one strait lead off my lower main line transitioning into four 150 inch storage tracks. I want them to be parallel and as close to each other as possible. I want 0-72 curves. I use Fastrak. Can any of you experts post a track plan for me? I am tired of building a consist every time I run trains. It would be nice to just couple up and pull. Thanks Nick

                                                                                                                             

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cabinet Bob posted:

Dave: Would this work for tubular track too ? Thanks.. Bob

Since I don't know anything about tubular track, here's an added version using 5165/5166 switches with 5572 curves so you can gauge the difference. If that's not the right track , let me know.

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aussteve posted:

Talk about smooth, fast customer service.

Is this forum efficient or what?

Yes you cant beat the Layout construction forums NO nonsense here! Nick

                                                                                                                             

rockstars1989 posted:
aussteve posted:

Talk about smooth, fast customer service.

Is this forum efficient or what?

Yes you cant beat the Layout construction forums NO nonsense here! Nick

And once again the FT "bug" in SCARM bites me. Take a look at the new configuration with regards to the switches, they need that silly extra filler piece where half the roadbed is cut off.  RR-Track doesn't let us connect pieces to the switch without it, but SCARM does. Sorry, I should have checked.

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Mr.DOUBLEDAZ Can you tell me how wide the four tracks will be? I am building benchwork and I need to know how wide to make it. I was thinking 24 inches will be enough? Thanks for your help Nick

                                                                                                                             

Nick, if I have the dimensions of FasTrack correct, the tracks themselves are 4" wide (black rectangles). So, the 4 tracks that make up the yard will measure 22" from the outside edges of the track roadbed (gray rectangle). They will measure 25.5" from the edge of the mainline track (green rectangle). Top edge to bottom edge of all 5 tracks will measure 29.5". HTH

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DoubleDAZ posted:

Nick, if I have the dimensions of FasTrack correct, the tracks themselves are 4" wide (black rectangles). So, the 4 tracks that make up the yard will measure 22" from the outside edges of the track roadbed (gray rectangle). They will measure 25.5" from the edge of the mainline track (green rectangle). Top edge to bottom edge of all 5 tracks will measure 29.5". HTH

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Thank you my friend! Nick

                                                                                                                             

I will be building it out an extra 12 inches or more in width. Knowing myself I will wind up adding a 5th-6-7-8 etc etc LOL I have lost my mind. Nick

                                                                                                                             

rockstars1989 posted:

I will be building it out an extra 12 inches or more in width. Knowing myself I will wind up adding a 5th-6-7-8 etc etc LOL I have lost my mind. Nick

Nick - I agree about it being nice to be able to pull trains out of a yard w/o having to move them by hand. FWIW, I started out with the attached SCARM plan and ended up with the yard built as shown, with 8 sidings. Of course, mine are shorter and the curves are O-36, but it gives you an idea of what it might look like. I also used a couple of O-72 Wyes as well as O-72 switches.

One thing you might want to consider is leaving some open space between the tracks for long, narrow accessories like coal ramps, saw mill, log loaders, etc.

I also added lighted bumpers at each end and put each track on a separate toggle switch.

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Richie C. posted:
rockstars1989 posted:

I will be building it out an extra 12 inches or more in width. Knowing myself I will wind up adding a 5th-6-7-8 etc etc LOL I have lost my mind. Nick

Nick - I agree about it being nice to be able to pull trains out of a yard w/o having to move them by hand. FWIW, I started out with the attached SCARM plan and ended up with the yard built as shown, with 8 sidings. Of course, mine are shorter and the curves are O-36, but it gives you an idea of what it might look like. I also used a couple of O-72 Wyes as well as O-72 switches.

One thing you might want to consider is leaving some open space between the tracks for long, narrow accessories like coal ramps, saw mill, log loaders, etc.

I also added lighted bumpers at each end and put each track on a separate toggle switch.

RICHIE Your yard looks very functional. I have a yard existing with 8 tracks but they only hold about 5  or 6 cars each. It functions well but when I have people over it is just to time consuming to operate and carry a conversation at the same time. I will be posting pics of my progress. Thanks for the input guys. Nick

                                                                                                                             

Update- First I tweaked the track plan. I eliminated the first curve out of the yard lead turnout. It is  going to be to "treacherous" to back a 13 car consist into the lower line with multiple s curves and I have the room to build it out  at an angle. I installed the yard lead turnout which turned out to be a huge project (naturally) had to do some custom cutting.Thanks for looking.Pressing on. Nick

                                                                                                                             

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rockstars1989 posted:

Update- First I tweaked the track plan. I eliminated the first curve out of the yard lead turnout. It is  going to be to "treacherous" to back a 13 car consist into the lower line with multiple s curves and I have the room to build it out  at an angle. I installed the yard lead turnout which turned out to be a huge project (naturally) had to do some custom cutting.Thanks for looking.Pressing on. Nick

Hey Nick, looks good so far.  Question on your benchwork, I too have an already-carpeted-trainroom, do your benchwork legs rest on top of the carpet or did you cut holes to get the legs to rest on solid floor ?   I was just wondering about layout stability if it's built upon cushy carpeting ??  Thks, Rich.

DoubleDAZ posted:

FWIW, I would have used Wye switches in place of the O72s, but I guess if you have the O72s already and they've worked before, why not save some money and use what you have? The configuration with Wyes sure looks nice though.

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Double.... I only bought one RH switch because thats all my LHS had. I only see one Y- one RH and one LH is that correct?  OR is it three Y's? My LHS had a bunch of  0-72 Y's and they were 25 bucks cheaper lol. Please let me know I like your revised version better. Thanks again Nick

                                                                                                                             

trestleking posted:
rockstars1989 posted:

Update- First I tweaked the track plan. I eliminated the first curve out of the yard lead turnout. It is  going to be to "treacherous" to back a 13 car consist into the lower line with multiple s curves and I have the room to build it out  at an angle. I installed the yard lead turnout which turned out to be a huge project (naturally) had to do some custom cutting.Thanks for looking.Pressing on. Nick

Hey Nick, looks good so far.  Question on your benchwork, I too have an already-carpeted-trainroom, do your benchwork legs rest on top of the carpet or did you cut holes to get the legs to rest on solid floor ?   I was just wondering about layout stability if it's built upon cushy carpeting ??  Thks, Rich.

King...My carpet is padded so I add 1/8 inch and it has worked out perfect. However it will depend on your padding. Nick

                                                                                                                             

PRR1950 posted:

Wyes also get you more even length on the yard tracks; then you don't have to worry about which train goes on which track!

Chuck

Chuck yes and..I will lose the double S curve on the bottom track! Thanks, Nick

                                                                                                                             

Rockstsrs1989, that's a good design but I would not build mine that way.  Sorry, I don't have a way to display a pic but I will try to explain.  I would come off the top main line with that right hand switch you have.  Then I would run 3 or 4 left hand switches (if space is available) right off that main line switch giving you 3 or 4 parallel tracks.  The advantage with this design is that on the 1st 2 tracks you could get a little bit more length out of them.

Rick

rockstars1989 posted: 

Double.... I only bought one RH switch because thats all my LHS had. I only see one Y- one RH and one LH is that correct?  OR is it three Y's? My LHS had a bunch of  0-72 Y's and they were 25 bucks cheaper lol. Please let me know I like your revised version better. Thanks again Nick

It's 3 O-72 wye switches and here are several alternative configurations.

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