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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby CFRiad » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:12 am

CFRiad wrote:
Richard-B wrote:OK... now we need to standardize!!!

We already did. Actually we did so well that we now have two standards:
  • Bill's standard: From the outside: green, yellow, red, blue
  • Tibi's standard: From the outside: white, blue, white, blue


Aaaah... standards... https://xkcd.com/927/
I am converting all my modules to the green, yellow, red, blue standard. It's amazing how hard it is to buy Powerpoles...
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:54 am

It's nice to dream of possible things.
Here is a four track pass through station idea.
New Pass through Station Plan..jpg

Each track should handle a nine car train plus Locomotive.
Six modules is a bit long for some setups. It would monopolise one side of a BCSME setup. You could drop a module or two. Each module is about two passenger cars long. Of course it could also be longer.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby dileTTante » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:16 am

Soon you'll need a trailer to haul the layout to shows. I would rather see improved curves on the return loops before you turn your hand to new modules.

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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby CFRiad » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:18 am

Bill Dixon wrote:It's nice to dream of possible things. Here is a four track pass through station idea.

dileTTante wrote:[...] I would rather see improved [...].
- Terry C

Do you see the potential here? Drop in new #6 turnouts, slap on some platforms. Presto: new station.

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Future Station

Bill Dixon wrote:You could drop a module or two. Each module is about two passenger cars long. Of course it could also be longer.

I just became fond of many short extension modules instead of fewer standard-length ones. Gives you more flexibility in setting up.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby dileTTante » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:15 pm

Yes, that's an idea worth pursuing. I have an old station that is partly built which could be swapped with one of Bill Dixon's stations when running N. American trains. Too bad there are no N. American passenger trains in TT.

Using longer turnouts means shorter siding. Also, when using the straight modules at home with the corner modules, all obtained from Bill Nielsen in Florida, they form a double track oval. It's convenient to have crossover turnouts to go between the two tracks, and it's convenient to have those turnouts on the TT Tracks layout. So that means replacing six turnouts.

I like the earlier Kuehn turnouts. Not only do they have a spring for snap-action manual throw, they have isolated metal frogs which can be switched electrically to correspond to the points. The new Kuehn turnouts have plastic frogs and are no better than the Tillig EW3's in this regard. Since the Tillig turnouts work on Voytek's modules, and have code 80 rail, I'd prefer the Tillig EW3's for the modules.

It looks like not only will I be further in debt, but I'll have to get a new friend with a bigger car than Graeme's.

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Re: TT-Tracks - Passenger Train?

Postby Richard-B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:14 pm

dileTTante wrote:Too bad there are no N. American passenger trains in TT.
HP E-unit or Tillig FP7 with John Harmon smooth-side cars???
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Re: TT-Tracks - turnouts

Postby Richard-B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:27 pm

dileTTante wrote:<snip> I like the earlier Kuehn turnouts. Not only do they have a spring for snap-action manual throw, they have isolated metal frogs which can be switched electrically to correspond to the points. The new Kuehn turnouts have plastic frogs and are no better than the Tillig EW3's in this regard.
I think you will find that operationally... the Kuehn turnouts are superior to the regular Tilligs... and FAR superior to the ones with bedding track.. The Kuehn points DO have a very small over-center spring which lightly holds the points in place... and the frog wing rails are brought out to a small solder tab with a wire hole, which allows for switch motor or manual DCC-friendly frog polarity selection.

In addition...
Kuehn part number 72722, a metal 2.1mm (Code 82) to 1.8mm (Code 71) rail joiner, makes 'marrying' Tillig and Kuehn track much easier, and when soldered, MUCH more reliable.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby modorney » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:05 pm

For Anderson Powerpole, these guys are pretty good:
https://powerwerx.com/
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Re: TT-Tracks - Passenger Train?

Postby dileTTante » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 pm

Richard-B wrote:
dileTTante wrote:Too bad there are no N. American passenger trains in TT.
HP E-unit or Tillig FP7 with John Harmon smooth-side cars???
Do you actually expect to attract people to TT scale when that's all you can offer?
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Richard-B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:55 pm

NB: If a group is going to standardize use of Powerpole connectors...
someone shuold get the RT-1 "Anderson Powerpole Insertion, Removal & Extraction Tool"

It will help prevent using-up your supply of bad words...
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