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Hello

I am considering my options for a new OO layout approx 11 ft X 6 1/2ft. (with a large central access hole) Can anyone point me towards any good track plans?

I am open to suggestions but my prorities are as follow:

At lease one continuous run (circuit)
2 levels
Fictional location - region not important, mid 60s era
a small country station
some small shunting / industrial area - prefer to keep the track density low for realism
opertuntity to model railway in open countryside
no 1st radius curves (ideally 2nd radius on main circuit will be hidden)
Ideally a hidden storage area
DCC

I know it's a bit vague but I am having a devil of a job deciding what to build.

thanks in advance

Alan
 

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I'm a bit surprised that you mensioned using set radius curves. On all my layouts, I've used flexitrack.

Apart from that,what you've listed sounds pretty good. You can use the two leveling to drop the storage sidings out of sight below the baseboard.
Work up a few track layout ideas and see what looks good. But remember keep in mind what you want you want out of the layout. Do you enjoy shunting wagons, or do you like to see trains running round the board...?
 

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I'm also surprised that you mention set-track curves. For realism I would use (and on my layout have used) the largest radius possible. In that size you could just about get 3ft radius curves or maybe a little smaller. An advantage with fairly large radius curves is that they don't have to be hidden. I have over three quarters of my layout as scenic area. That size is also just about large enough for double track mainline although this would mean cutting the inside radius down closer to 30 inches.

My layout is wider but only a few inches longer. I have modelled a small station which is going to have platforms about 36 to 40 inches long to accomodate three coach stopping trains. However I shall also run five or six coach express trains through the station. I have a lay-by siding inside the double track so that slow goods trains can wait for the express to pass. Outside the double track I have a goods loop with entry to a two-road goods yard for the station.

I would advise not trying to fill the space with tracks but to leave space for countryside. Again I think that this would look better. You could have one long side as storage sidings either on the same level. If you put them below then you have got the problem of seeing what tracks are occupied and by what train. Also you have the problem of access if something goes wrong.

When I have found out how to do it I am going to put pictures of my layout here. In the meantime good luck with your project. Cheers, Robert.
 

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The new Hornby magazine has been publishing ideas by Anthony New in the last few issues. These articles include track plans and 3-dimensional artist's impressions of some of these. The December 2007 (issue 6) has some plans for 'Main Lines in Modest Spaces' mostly based on a layout size of 11ft by 8ft, but which can be reduced slightly.

Several books published over the years include diagrams. There are notable examples by C J Freezer both in Peco publications and his own publications. The PSL (Patrick Stephens Ltd.) 'Complete Guide to Model Railways' edited by Michael Andress also has some layout suggestions. Your local library may have some railway modelling books available as well. Exhibitions often have a stall or two selling books, both new and second-hand, which may be of help

Seeing other people's layouts at exhibitions can give you some good ideas as well.

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QUOTE (Robert Stokes @ 19 Dec 2007, 18:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm also surprised that you mention set-track curves. For realism I would use (and on my layout have used) the largest radius possible. In that size you could just about get 3ft radius curves or maybe a little smaller. An advantage with fairly large radius curves is that they don't have to be hidden. I have over three quarters of my layout as scenic area. That size is also just about large enough for double track mainline although this would mean cutting the inside radius down closer to 30 inches.

My layout is wider but only a few inches longer. I have modelled a small station which is going to have platforms about 36 to 40 inches long to accomodate three coach stopping trains. However I shall also run five or six coach express trains through the station. I have a lay-by siding inside the double track so that slow goods trains can wait for the express to pass. Outside the double track I have a goods loop with entry to a two-road goods yard for the station.

I would advise not trying to fill the space with tracks but to leave space for countryside. Again I think that this would look better. You could have one long side as storage sidings either on the same level. If you put them below then you have got the problem of seeing what tracks are occupied and by what train. Also you have the problem of access if something goes wrong.

When I have found out how to do it I am going to put pictures of my layout here. In the meantime good luck with your project. Cheers, Robert.

Thanks for the replies, I like the idea of a mainline with a lay by siding through the station.

I refer to settrack radii for convienience only - I too use flexitrack, it's just that I know that passenger trains look a bit daft going through 2nd radius curves, I am not familiar with the actual radius.
 

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The standard set-track radii are:- 1st radius 371mm or about 14.5", 2nd radius 438mm or about 17.25", 3rd radius 505mm or about 20", 4th radius 572mm or about 22.5".

That is why we were suprised that you mentioned them. You have space for far larger. I agree that trains look ridiculous going through the smaller set-track curves so it is why I suggest using the largest that you can. Also, since you will be inside the layout, the coaches will appear to close up as they go through the curve so will look much better than if viewed from the outside.

I would also advise against using set-track points for the same reason and an extra one. A pair of these points used for a crossover make double track that is set unrealistically far apart. In fact you have enough space to use only streamline medium and large radius points as I have done (except for one small radius in the goods yard). Even these used as a crossover give a separation which is a bit over scale.

Hope this helps. Cheers, Robert.
 
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