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Track Plans

Post by SpudUk » Thu May 16, 2019 2:18 pm

I'm trying to turn my mind to a track plan for the garden, which I can then build in phases over the next few years. However I can't seem to get my head around it, so I thought I'd reach out to the group. In a few modelling groups I've been on there's been a few threads for hypothetical track plans, and I wondered if we could have the same here?

Ultimately I'm looking for an end to end line, but with loops to allow for continuous running, and multiple heights for interest (or at least a bridge or two). Due to garden shape it'd need to be upside-down J or U shaped (there is a massive garage on one side).

What do you think? Don't worry about garden size, just some hypothetical layouts based on that framework.
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Re: Track Plans

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu May 16, 2019 2:48 pm

This software helped me with planning:

www.anyrail.com

Free to use up to 50 pieces of track.

In terms of design, ask yourself what do you want from the railway?

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Re: Track Plans

Post by SpudUk » Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 2:48 pm
This software helped me with planning:

www.anyrail.com

Free to use up to 50 pieces of track.

In terms of design, ask yourself what do you want from the railway?
Unfortunately AnyRail isn't available on Mac
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Re: Track Plans

Post by philipy » Thu May 16, 2019 3:45 pm

Chris, several people have in the past published plans of their own emprires, if you do a search. The problem is that everyone has different idea's about what they want to achieve, different size and shapes of garden and different budget and timescales, so generic trackplans are less feasible than for, say, 00 indoors layouts.

You say don't worry about size, but IMO that is actually possibly the most significant factor, since it will potentially dictate the size of loops and curve radius and hence influence loco's and rolling stock. Also, you suggest 'multiple heights' which will obviously require gradients which will also be affected by garden size.

Could you post a rough dimensioned sketch of the garden and any restrictions such as access paths, flower beds that can't be moved, garage door, sheds, etc.. That way you might get some suggestions.

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Re: Track Plans

Post by SpudUk » Fri May 17, 2019 10:17 am

philipy wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 3:45 pm
You say don't worry about size, but IMO that is actually possibly the most significant factor, since it will potentially dictate the size of loops and curve radius and hence influence loco's and rolling stock. Also, you suggest 'multiple heights' which will obviously require gradients which will also be affected by garden size.
The only reason I said not to worry about size was because I was curious as to what people would come up with, and then I could take ideas, rather then operating within the confines of my garden dimensions.

Anyway - this is roughly my garden:

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Re: Track Plans

Post by Oily Rag » Sun May 19, 2019 9:23 am

Hi Chris,
This is such a personal thing that it is nigh on impossible for anyone to suggest a plan. It hs been said that you should really decide on your own parameters of what you actually need, and what you actually want. It depends on what you are going to run, the size of the stock you intend to run, live steam, battery electric, track powered.

I know how I have made my decisions over the years and if it helps, I decided no track power. Battery, live steam and experimental I.C. Colonial and industrial basis, so anything goes and freelance work from drawing board to running stock is perfectly prototypical and even the slots of the screws are lined to works drawings etc. :D

I have had single track "dogbones" in the past but this time due to pointwork niggles decided upon a complete circuit just bent quite a bit into a dogbone. Esstentials now for me include a sitting height "steam-up" length of track where trains can be tended, a reverse loop which entailed in the end two further points to ensure that a loco could be reversed and approach a standing train from either direction. Radio control is now going to have to feature more prominently having been a dinosaur manual control person for a very long time. I had to decide on what I could now achieve to a reasonable standard, what I could maintain sensibly (even down to planting decisions) weight of buildings and access to same and what of the future, could there be scope for sensible extension once this phase was running.

You can see just how personal this is and the scope that a bit of thought now will make life easier later. However a basic rule of thumb I have used is that simple is elegant a rule oft used in my engineering design background of years gone by.
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