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QUOTE (john woodall @ 21 Jul 2008, 14:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A reasonably quick way to get gradients is to use the woodland scenics polystyrene.

These are preformed so really useful.

As a general rule of thumb I have maximum 4% grades on straight track and 2% on curves. If I had more space the layout would have been dead flat, but . . . . . . . . .


***John....4% - 1 in 25!! Bloomin heck, a mini funicular indeed - Then again Marklin puling power is legendary, and marklin track is steel or s/steel so not slippery like nickel silver, so you will get away with things Brit modellers cannot. Still, it really steep aint it!

You have some really good advice already. Best running, best reliability and best "look" on a layout means nothing extreme or sudden. avoiding abrupt changes makes models both look and run better with no exceptions!!

no sudden changes from flat to gradient - always have a transition
no sudden changes from curved to straight - always have a transition
resist cramming track and use largest possible radii curves - always have a transition
use largest possible radii pointwork
no right angle corners in backscenes
no abrupt edges where backscene meets baseboard

BTW, customwood bends as well as ply, so the material is not an issue there.


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