Need module ideas

Need module ideas

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:35 pm

So here's the deal: I have no idea how long we'll be living at the place we're at so I can't build the layout I want. I also have no idea where we'll be going when we move so obviously I have no idea what kind of space I'll have there.

So, given that I can't do anything concrete, I'd like to make a small module (I want to actually complete something with scenery, etc.) that can be immediately usable and also be incorporated into a bigger layout someday.

This can be a locomotive depot, small switching yard, some industry, whatever. I'm guessing space is an issue for a lot of us so some thought into small usable pieces would benefit many people.

Any track plan ideas for let's say a 2ft X 1ft piece?
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:00 am

We are in the same boat here. There is not much that can be done with a 2'x1' without overcrowding it.

Perhaps a small siding with a related business would work.
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby Arseny » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:36 am

Wow, it seems as if we have a tiny "2'x1' club" here. :wave:
I have a very few space at home, so I took a painting table from my wife, measuring ...40*60 cm, almost 2'x1' approximately.
(You know, we got the metric system, so we call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese - as a "Royale with Cheese." 8-) (do you remember "Pulp fiction" film? )

I am planning to build a small freight station (using Busch's wooden warehouse), and tiny branch line leading to small industry (using Auhagen 12244 plant building); and also some residential buildings near the station. And maybe also a grade crossing for all my cars and trucks.
If it will be impossible to place all of this stuff on one plate, I'll buy the second one, and I'll put the plant on the second plate and will connect them together when neccessary.

Did you study this site?

http://www.carendt.us/

- there are a lot of different ideas for tiny layouts there
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby Richard-B » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:35 pm

Arseny wrote:Did you study this site?
http://www.carendt.us/

Agree:
The late Carl Arendt's site is a great resource for track planning at any size / in any scale...
Check out: http://www.carendt.us/microplans/pages/shelf/inglenook/index.html#8
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:37 pm

Yup, I know the site well. Just curious what else is out there and in general trying to brainstorm.
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby dileTTante » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:07 am

A simple switching arrangement for one or two industries can be fun. It doesn't have to be complicated or profound. I think in Arseny's case one module should be just a used car lot.
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:25 am

dileTTante wrote:in Arseny's case one module should be just a used car lot.


:clap: :lol:
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby BogdanRa » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:18 am

Hi...
i am working also at my 110x200 cm in TT scale. First of all: if you are americans (in trains) you must forget them. try short wagons and loks in order to be nice.
Second... you may use the SCARM software. Free and easy to use. you may want to use some tracks from Tillig (Flex-advanced system). If you want some tracks I can sens you over 37 metters of U profile o a nice price. For a 2x1m you will need max 19m because it will be too crowded.

If you want some ideas you may find some on the net or I can post to you my projects
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby Arseny » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:46 am

BogdanRa wrote:Hi...
i am working also at my 110x200 cm in TT scale. First of all: if you are americans (in trains) you must forget them. try short wagons and loks in order to be nice.


Actually, old american wagons (from 1940s-1950s) are short enough, 40-feet boxcars and 34-feet hoppers are shorter than Russian or German 4-axle cars.
Of course, we must give up long trains, but it seems to me we can use 4-5 34-ft hoppers on the small module...

BogdanRa wrote:If you want some ideas you may find some on the net or I can post to you my projects


It will be very interesting.
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Re: Need module ideas

Postby BogdanRa » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:10 am

here are some of my works...

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In this plan the green line is the line from the "underground (you can put there more lines for an entire "fleet".

Then you go upstairs round the table with a 2,7% and then you can enter in the station (GARA - in romanian) or do some tricks and come with another lok and take the train reverse...
In the middle circle you can have a technical space, etc etc

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Here is a little bit larger mapo (2500mmx1100) and you have a helix there (up)

Here is my plan actually I am doing (below)
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here is one based on the U profiles from TT Berliner, actual Tillig:

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I can actually, by request, send the SCARM file...
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