Track and siding question

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by spitfire, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    What Mike says is so very true. A couple layouts back I wanted a ramp to an unloading spot for hoppers of sand and stone. I wanted to use an existing wood trestle I had, and only had a short distance to ramp up to it. The first time I went to spot a car there, I had a short string of boxcars with a hopper at the end. As I backed the cut up the ramp, the boxcar roofs hit each other at the point where the grade started! I had to use flatcars or gondolas as a handle to push the hoppers up the grade. It was pretty humorous.

    Gary
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Great suggestion Mike...You're right...too much vertical transition and they will uncouple everytime!
  3. RaiderCTE

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    this is how my first one turned out. What I ended up doing was just lay the track and let it dictate the drop. Then I ballasted. I applied a couple layers and sort of pushed it in from the sides to take out the slack and actually support the track.

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