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there are several reasons. on one club layout i was involved with the fiddle yard could be put together with the centre boards in any order (and the end boards were also identical). this made setting up even easied as it didnt matter which order the boards were packed away in or taken out.

also it looke neat.

although prototypes vary, on modern lines the distance between the tracks is often very closely monitored for aerodynamic and noise reasons. often it dosent need to be straight but it does need to be VERY accurate.
The same applies to a model.

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Here's an example of what you can see with a laser level. As you can see the track is not directly aligned with the crossing, but I'm not inclined to do anything about it now.



I am going to have to do something about the track on left. It is set to a strict 10 foot gap but I think it would be better the gap closed a little to give an even curve. This is the reception track for arriving goods trains. The widening gap in the middle distance is to accommodate the signal box for this end of the station. At the last count, I estimated it would have about 60 to 70 levers.

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>I can't see what the laser gains you over a simple piece of thread unless your light is poor.
Speed and simplicity. I've been down the thread route. Remember the laser thingy only cost £3.99 + batteries.

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QUOTE (Mark Thornton @ 14 Oct 2006, 13:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I can't see what the laser gains you over a simple piece of thread unless your light is poor.

Nothing wrong with new technology - if new technology does not "gain" anything then maybe we should leave the forum, start a "paper" group off & await several weeks for replies to our questions/queries ! (TIC).

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Will I have jst used the peco track set 'thingy' and as long as i started off straight it looks good, but as it has already been said, network metals arn't true so its a touch of reality in model form! It also looks better snaking aroung on a long length

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QUOTE (dwb @ 14 Oct 2006, 21:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Here's an example of what you can see with a laser level. As you can see the track is not directly aligned with the crossing, but I'm not inclined to do anything about it now.



I am going to have to do something about the track on left. It is set to a strict 10 foot gap but I think it would be better the gap closed a little to give an even curve. This is the reception track for arriving goods trains. The widening gap in the middle distance is to accommodate the signal box for this end of the station. At the last count, I estimated it would have about 60 to 70 levers.

David
Well that track on the left looks like I laid it on a good day. Seriously though, a chalk line has to be the way to go surely ?
 

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>Seriously though, a chalk line has to be the way to go surely ?
All right, I give in, I confess. I'm a hopeless spendthrift and gadget freak. I promise not to do it again - NOT.

It was only a suggestion. It's a free country. If you want to mess about with chalk, which sends shivers down my spine just writing about it, go ahead, I won't stop you.

:mock seriousness: - whatever that is?
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