- Apr 9, 2020
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Hi PaulE, yeah agree what you say all to do with what area you have for a layout, my fist layout was in under our pergola and it was 18 feet long by 7 feet wide, radius was 6 foot wide main line. I was looking on the net and discovered HO/00 scale garden railway from the Uk very popular, the only way to have larger curves, how my layout was born, with lots of changes and a move to new address.No claims to Master status here, but I've found if you keep the cars 40' or less you can go as tight as a 15" radius, but I always used 18" as my minimum for short curves. Longer cars, like 90' heavy weight passenger cars, are happier with 22" minimums. Always use a larger radius if possible for continuous curves/loops as they are more problematic. There are exceptions for cars that have the couplers mounted to the trucks rather than the car frames as they are more tolerant of tight curves, but they will require more side clearance. "Testing beats damage control". PaulE
HI Tony looks like you are stickin in on this railway are you gonna have building an scenrey on the boards or just tracks ?THe latest pics of the mainline loop decking construction is well under way, after mowing the yard I continued work on the approach module accessing the terminal platform track on 5 platforms , the third pic.
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Tomorrow i will finish the module, I have a piece of wood clamped to the module so I can work out to measure and cut the end ply be doing much the same as I have done to the first two station modules just want an easy set no bolts or clamps, one screw to hold both modules in place.
More pics to come, Tony from down under.
Hi Chris, yes I did a bit more work today after afternoon coffee to see how the curved module will join up with the station module, very well indeed .HI Tony looks like you are stickin in on this railway are you gonna have building an scenrey on the boards or just tracks ?
Thanks John, have started laying track, points and two cross overs , double slip and single slip, the double slip is access to platform two and the middle track, the single slipGood progress by the looks of things Tony.
Hi John, I have 4 of those yellow saw horses what we call them, did have the cheap wooden ones , sew they cost a bit but worth it as they fold up well $45 a pair .Tony how many sets of those orange support did you have to buy, they can't be cheap .
Hi Chris, many thanks, yeah will look heaps better once I set the station module up with legs folded out so I can level up the two approach modules and move onto the curved decking, should be a look easier with clearing the down pipe so I can connect the curved decking with the S/W approach module closest to the house.HI TONY sorry i hav'nt been lookin in on your railway layout as some how i missed it but im lookin in now an WOW Tony its really comin on now an i see what you mean about the curve on the layout its bigger than i thought so the trains wont pull off the tracks an are the points gonna be eletricfied ?
grand work here an Tony can u draw out from the top veiw a quick track plan as from what ive seen you have changed it an i cant get the actual track layout in my head how this is all gonna be