Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby dwyaneward » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:41 pm

Here my latest plan. 14" x 60".

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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby Rich B » Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:47 pm

That's a beautiful bridge. One my my favourite things to see is a girder bridge properly modelled. Presumably, if you've drawn it up in CAD for N, you could scale it up to TT? You could adjust the material thicknesses appropriately, or tweak the artwork to suit the materials you prefer.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby oldtrainguy » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:22 am

I really like the plan after you make those couple of tweak's.

One thing I'm wondering about is train movement.

What are your plans as far as switching? are you just going to have a loco move the cars in the existing siding to different locations? Or are you planning on having the local freight peddler bring new cars to replace the existing ones in the sidings?

If you have a train bring new cars and take away the old cars I don't think your going to have enough room to park the new cars while you maneuver the old cars around and actually do the switching. I guess you wouldn't have to switch all the sidings during a single session. Your train would be shorter so you could park the new cars on the bridge while getting the old cars out of their pockets.

Just wondering.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby dwyaneward » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:28 pm

Rich B wrote:That's a beautiful bridge. One my my favourite things to see is a girder bridge properly modelled. Presumably, if you've drawn it up in CAD for N, you could scale it up to TT? You could adjust the material thicknesses appropriately, or tweak the artwork to suit the materials you prefer.

Rich,

Thanks

Actually I draw everything actual/prototypical first, them make adjustment for scale and material. I finish the design for the thru plate girder bridge today, so will cut it out tomorrow and assemble it and a deck plate girder bridge too.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby dwyaneward » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:32 pm

Don,

I have not given much thought into operation yet. I did have the same thought as you of using the bridge area.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby dwyaneward » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:52 pm

Today, I got started in transferring the plan to the layout base. Then started cutting and fitting track between the turnouts. I would of done this sooner but I forgot to order rail joiners and they came in yesterday. ME code 70 rail joiners work great with Kuehn track.

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The base is 3/8" foamcore board salvage from an earlier layout attempt with 2 layers of ceiling tile.

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Plan is to finish cutting and fitting track tomorrow. I have ordered servo's for turnout control and hope to have them by end of week, so I can finalize a mount for them. Plan is to laser cut acrylic for the mounts.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby dwyaneward » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:06 pm

Not been doing much MRR lately, but I did finish cutting and fitting all the track, couple weeks back.

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And I did receive the servos and laser cut a acrylic mount for them and limit switches for frog power and whatever else.

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Next up is making the servo control circuit.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:55 pm

:clap: I like it, it's much bigger than the rail plan makes it seem. It looks like it will be a lot of fun to operate.
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby CN-TT » Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:35 pm

LIKE, LIKE, LIKE :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: Switching Layout - 2nd Try

Postby modorney » Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:05 am

Nice
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