A potential track plan for an O Gauge layout

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  1. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Well I played around with Anyrail this morning and O Gauge plank ideas. Came up with the attached. Not sure if its feasable or not. the measurements are already 2.0m x 0.6m. You dont get a lot of bang for your buck with O Gauge. :avatar:
    anyway, here it is.

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    Its based on a through branch line with a fiddle yard at one / both ends. Should fit into a modular plan with the main branch line cutting through the middle.
    Based on local use of small industrial shunters although bigger beasts could cut through it on their road to elsewhere.
    just an idea.
    toto
     
  2. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    :thumbs:

    It's the points that take up all the room esp the double slips but that's better than the space of 2 points back to back.:giggle:

    The plan works well for even a single Fiddle yard with 2 engines to shunt the train the industrial loco that stays and the mainline loco that brings the train in/out.
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thank you kind Sir.
    I've been tutored by Gary and Gormo since I was a little pug myself so it goes to show ........ I've picked up something. They'll still come back with efficiencies with the plan though.:avatar:
    cheers
    toto
     
  4. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thinking that the trackbed could be built up quite high to allow the unloading siding to have a coal drop. It just means that if the layout was to be part of a modular design, it would need to drop to get the interlinking connections either side.
    :scratchchin:

    Its a posserchancity.
    :avatar:

    Looks like it could be coal but I'll need to run it past the messiah first. Not sure what he's cooking up. Its bound to have buildings though as he loves his buildings .......:avatar:
    cheers
    toto
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    ...and where are the RC trucks going to play??:avatar:
     
  6. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    :avatar: a very good question. I think Paul will lead that one for the moment.
    toto
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    I like it, lots of play, ahem, operational potential, now the good stuff, planning and design, on its own, plenty of shunting, with a fiddle at each end its three times as much fun :thumbup:.

    Pete.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    a run round would be the icing on the cake tho'
     
  9. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    paul_l wrote:
    Runaround / platform / turntable
    These all go on your 2.0x0.6 module section, didn't you get the memo :avatar:
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I'll have a look at it but I think it would be tight.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Toto wrote:
    It will be tight, Ok if you only make room for the 0-6-0 but if taking into account your potential biggest engine say 25 class then suddenly the rest of space is compromised and you only have a run round that fits 3 wagons it Is doable though.

    Using a double slip and the points on each side you can get a run round the length of the slip with two sidings
    Toto that's why on Moonan Flats I used the fidle yard as the other Half of the runaround

    A real quick sketch up of a possible arrangement with the slip not sure the geometry of the peco track works with this but dose give a bit more play value with only one more point :thumbs:

    Attached files [​IMG]
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Cheers Chris. I'll try it on Anyrail and see how it pans out.

    :thumbs:

    Toto
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Toto, Chris if you change the L/h point to a three way. That will give you more space in the "green" siding. :scratchchin:
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    A three way point in O gauge :facepalm: sounds like make your own to me. Geeeeesh.:avatar:
     
  15. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Ok, my initial thoughts on the size of an O gauge plank is locomotive size and wagon length. Keep in mind that each siding should be able to hold one loco of a defined length and either one, two or three wagons. To give an idea of loco length, my O gauge Class 33 is 350mm long, add one wagon, 500mm long, add two wagons and this stretches to 650mm. I have read that you'll be using your (new win) small shunter. Measure your loco and the longest wagon you have. Or, measure the length of your longest wagon and times it by two, if a loco will not be entering that siding. Both measurements should should determine the shortest siding on the layout.

    I have just drawn up two versions of the line drawing Chris presented in Anyrail, and you'll need a board 2500 long to fit comfortably, and that is squeezing in a tight curve from the point on the right hand side to the double slip (between SL-E790BH and SL-791BH).

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    The head shunts are 400mm set track lengths, the piece of track (SL-700SBH) above the left hand side point has been reduce in length to fit the board. The other pieces of SL-700SBH are full length.

    Alternatively, a board 3600mm long would work much more naturally....

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    This plan measures 3600 x 600 and it includes headshunts that are 500mm long. Each siding being 700mm long. Maybe you could look at Marcway or C&L points. Marcway can be purchased as a kit or as ready to lay. I will say that they are pricey.... :oops:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Toto, check out Marcway:- http://www.marcway.net/list2.php?col=head&name=Marcway+O+Gauge+Pointwork
    Ready made three way, looks expensive but not when you compare it to 2x new peco points. I have the off set three way on LSD feeding the two sidings.
    Kim
     
  17. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Looks like it could be back to a layout without the passing loop. It's just too long. Seperate fiddle yard may have to be the order of the day.

    There isn't even a reasonable location to split it into two. :scratchchin:

    A bit of a rethink I think.

    Cheers toto.
     
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    Toto wrote:
    Plank competition rules change coming up:avatar::avatar::avatar: so there is more length:scratchchin: to fit the run round:thumbup:
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Kimbo,

    Thanks for the link. I'll have a good look over it. The three way would be worth the money if it provides a solution.

    Some pondering to be done I think.

    :avatar:
     
  20. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    I drew this plan up earlier this year when I was pondering O gauge. It is built using C&L track pieces, one three way, one double slip or single slip, one right hand point and a few lengths of flexi track. The layout measures 10'x 2'.

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    You can have the blue 3' section (915mm) of the left hand end as removable so that the remaining 7' (2135mm) where the point work is, is permanent with no joins in the track.

    Another option for a shunting plank is this 2'x 8' (610 x 2440) plan with removable ends for storage :

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    The yellow and purple sections are 2'square, where the blue section'is 2'x 4. The layout is using all Peco O gauge track.

    Cheers, Gary.
     

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