AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:13 pm

With the decision made to display at the 2020 National Train Show, we have decided to "go big or go (stay) home" on this display.

Concurrent to several other projects, we will be building some modules based on the TTnut modular standard, but it looks more like the corner modules will be 3'x3' instead of 2'x2'. This will enable wider radii curves for the mainline, allowing for all of my locomotives, current and planned to be able to be run on the display. Also, it allows for dual use of the modules for home and display of the layout. It looks like the end result of phase one will be approximately 6' x 10', with the ultimate plans to go as big as 20' x 20'.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:21 pm

It looks like at least two of the corner modules will be 4'x3' to allow for more scenery on the layout, as well as more uninterrupted trackage for sidings and the like. (Not to mention less wood waste from a 4'x8' sheet of plywood.)
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:28 pm

Question, should I go for 16.10" radius curves as the inner track, with 17.83" as the outer track, or should I go a little bigger, with 17.83" inner, 19.56" outer?

The difference in "real estate" is almost nil, but it would allow for more realistic operations of some of my 80' passenger cars.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:37 pm

Here is a rough idea on the "Mountain Module", with an elevated loop above the two mainlines (three lines shown below to "try out" the differing radii), with mountains and tunnels for effect.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby sacto-tt » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:36 pm

Astro - If you are going big, then go big and put in the larger radii. That will prevent ripping it out later when the tight curves cause problems. I decided to go with 24" curves on my layout for the reasons you mentioned. Now that the benchwork is complete, I'm doing the wiring (ugh).
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:00 pm

sacto-tt wrote:Astro - If you are going big, then go big and put in the larger radii. That will prevent ripping it out later when the tight curves cause problems. I decided to go with 24" curves on my layout for the reasons you mentioned. Now that the benchwork is complete, I'm doing the wiring (ugh).

Good point. Part of why I want to go with wider radii curves is that the layout will also serve as my "home layout" as well.

The biggest loco to deal with at this time is my HP Challenger, although I eventually want to get my Gandy Dancer DD35A running as well, too.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:08 pm

We found a solution to the lack of space for our layout in our new house: we have been able to get the neighboring house as well, which is a fixer-upper, but is rain-tight, and would work as a train shed/house.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby RodTT » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:09 am

A whole house for your trains? :thumbup:
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:30 am

RodTT wrote:A whole house for your trains? :thumbup:

At least for now. The plan is to build a few outbuildings for the trains in the near-to-mid future, and fix up the other house to where we would be able to rent it out for supplemental income.

But, for the immediate term, this is the best way to have enough space to build our new modular layout for the 2020 NTS.
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Re: AstroGoat and CaTTwoman's 2020 NTS Preparations

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:21 pm

Now the next question is the overall layout shape, "bar", L-Shaped, or Donut-shaped?

The construction phase will involve starting with a "bar" (straight layout) about 6' x 12' in dimensions, and can be added to in order to make an L-shape or a donut-shape. Regardless of the end shape setup, I wish to have at least 4 TT Scale trains running continuously on the layout at the shows that the layout will go to.

The "big picture" is how things will be set up at the NTS, to include my display boards, operational space, and so forth.

Any thoughts/advice?
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