big layout!!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by 13Mtrainer, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. 13Mtrainer

    13Mtrainer Member

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    help with around room?

    i finally have a bigger space to work with and i need some help with it. i am making a 12 by 17 foot around room layout. double decker any layouts would be helpfull thanks :)
  2. Bikerdad

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    What scale? Knowing that makes a big difference. Also, what era, how hardcore are you on "prototypical appearance", because the answer to those two questions gives some idea on what radius can be used on the curves. Are you going to be modelling one of the Great Lakes iron lines with their short short cars, or are you focusing on Transition Era steam with the long passenger cars?

    Finally, are you restricting layout to the walls only, or will you be using a pier? What's the depth from front edge to the wall?
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    it is ho scale. i am modeling with long industrial frieght pulled by diesel locos. it will be agianst the wall with a 4' to 2' fot depth (4' for the yard)
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    Well, you've probably heard this before, but if you want to model long modern trains, N scale is a better bet. Since that's what I do, and I'm not a track planning junkie, I fear there's little I can contribute to answering your scenario, except ask one more question:

    How were you planning on transitioning between decks?

    Now, hopefully, somebody else will jump in here with some useful answers for ya.
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    i was going to have 2 lines come off and go up a 2% grade against the wall. the 2 deck will bee about 1 ft higher
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    Are you sure that 1' will give you enough clearance? Between laying track, scenicing, and lighting, methinks things may be pretty crowded. Just something you may want to consider.
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    Agreed, you should shoot for no less than 18" (24" is better) between levels
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    ok thanks for the tip