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Offline NewMB  
#1 Posted : 26 April 2012 18:52:39(UTC)
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Sometime in winter, we will be moving into our new home and of course there is space reserved for a new large Märklin layout in the basement

The problem is that I am not so good at using WinTrack (even though I have a paid for version) as it drives me crazy trying to figure everything out….

Perhaps womeone on here would be interested in helping me? I have already made some plans for the tables etc and have some ideas of what to run and have etc.

Below is a picture of my proposed table layout. The room is 11.44m x 4.5m and only one part of the room needs to be left free for some furniture. No windows (they are all placed high) are in the way and the door stands right in the middle of the bottom wall.

The following is my wishes etc:

1. Märklin C-track, Digital (using CS).
2. I haven’t yet decided if I should run digital turnouts or not. Not done this one before.
3. I plan to run everything from Epoche 1-5.
4. One part of the layout will be completely in Sweden (my idea being the section far right).
5. I think I can fit in 4x Stations, one being “Bonn” from Faller which should be the main station.
6. I were hoping to fit a large, long bridge from Faller across the floor (1.0m) from one section to the next.
7. One Turntable.

A few wishes hehe….. I have also posted a quick drawing I made earlier to show you my idea of a trackplan. Obviously not to scale!!

Another thing that I do not understand is how to connect Boosters, if I need them! I will run all buildings-, streel- and turnout lights etc on a separate transformer anyway.

I would be very greatful for any input, suggestions, criticism etc etc.

Thanks!!

Patrik

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Offline mikeinfrisco  
#2 Posted : 27 April 2012 01:44:25(UTC)
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I noticed that no one responded yet, perhaps because we're all overwhelmed with the scope of your question BigGrin

I have a few thoughts on this subject, as I have struggled with track planning software and a good size space to fill. Let me try to help you by asking some additional questions...

1. What's the purpose of your train layout? - Build a museum piece to be admired by all? Build to operate the layout with some friends? Build it to sit in front of it and watch the trains go round?
2. Have you ever built a train layout before? What did you enjoy or dislike about it?
3. How high are you going to build your layout and have you considered the overall accessibilty?

These questions in turn will lead to more questions...

however, two hopefully constructive comments. One, I would not build a bridge across an open space like that. Make your bridge span two sections along the wall. You will bang into the bridge all the time, unless it's WAY up high where you can walk under it without stooping. Two, build a small layout. Just start building and see where it takes you. Stop at any time and start over. Don't be afraid to experiment and try different things.

I built my first real layout and it took me 2 years to build. I finished it completely with scenery and everything. As soon as it was done, I played with it for a few weeks then tore it down and started over. I discovered that as I was building it, my desires for a layout changed completely. So just go for it. I use track planning software mostly to figure out small details these days.

Viel spass und alles gute beim planen und bauen.

Mike
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Offline NewMB  
#3 Posted : 27 April 2012 06:40:19(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mikeinfrisco Go to Quoted Post
I noticed that no one responded yet, perhaps because we're all overwhelmed with the scope of your question BigGrin

I have a few thoughts on this subject, as I have struggled with track planning software and a good size space to fill. Let me try to help you by asking some additional questions...

1. What's the purpose of your train layout? - Build a museum piece to be admired by all? Build to operate the layout with some friends? Build it to sit in front of it and watch the trains go round?
2. Have you ever built a train layout before? What did you enjoy or dislike about it?
3. How high are you going to build your layout and have you considered the overall accessibilty?

These questions in turn will lead to more questions...

however, two hopefully constructive comments. One, I would not build a bridge across an open space like that. Make your bridge span two sections along the wall. You will bang into the bridge all the time, unless it's WAY up high where you can walk under it without stooping. Two, build a small layout. Just start building and see where it takes you. Stop at any time and start over. Don't be afraid to experiment and try different things.

I built my first real layout and it took me 2 years to build. I finished it completely with scenery and everything. As soon as it was done, I played with it for a few weeks then tore it down and started over. I discovered that as I was building it, my desires for a layout changed completely. So just go for it. I use track planning software mostly to figure out small details these days.

Viel spass und alles gute beim planen und bauen.

Mike


Hi Mike,

Thanks for your comments. Some answers for you....

1. I think the answer is "all of the above". Personally I like landscape alot and find it to be very satisfying to build and show.
2. Yes, I have built a layout before. Took me a year to plan and 2 years to build. A small one at 200x120 + 120x80 in "L" shape and two floors. I loved building it but ued to many tracks and it become overwhelming in such a small space (this was done during my 15 yrs of living in Britain and UK houses are quite limited in space). I have also built a 200x100 layout back in the 80's with my father in Sweden which did not have to many details.
3. Height is always a good question, but I think around 1 metre or so. I haven't thought of a "hidden storage yard" this time but perhaps this is a good idea as I have approx 90 loks and approx 200 wagons and obviously can't use them all at once RollEyes .

The bridge across idea came from the fact that when one build along the walls only I think it becomes a little small considering the space I can use so I simply created an idea that I can have one very long run with 2 loops and one smaller one that goes round and round. Then there are 2 smaller lines that goes A-B only. I have thought about this bridge and agree, it is not the best idea as you say, people will knock it all the time! Perhaps it's possible to make this layout with a hidden yard and also two loops - so no bridge to knock down?!

Here's some pics of the layout I built back in 2005-2007.

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This is the hidden yard before the next floor came on...
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Offline Ian555  
#4 Posted : 27 April 2012 07:58:50(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I hope you enjoyed your time living in Britain.

Great looking layout you had. ThumpUp

With the space you have available to you, I would build a u shaped layout in the middle of your room, full sized hidden station below, this way you get to view your layout from 360 degree's, easy access to nearly all the layout, does away with all the (well nearly) 180 degree change of directions on your original plan and allows longer smooth running of your Loco's.

Sounds a bit like the plans for my own new layout.Smile ThumpUp

What ever you decide, have fun building it.

Ian.



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Offline NewMB  
#5 Posted : 27 April 2012 08:06:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

I hope you enjoyed your time living in Britain.

Great looking layout you had. ThumpUp

With the space you have available to you, I would build a u shaped layout in the middle of your room, full sized hidden station below, this way you get to view your layout from 360 degree's, easy access to nearly all the layout, does away with all the (well nearly) 180 degree change of directions on your original plan and allows longer smooth running of your Loco's.

Sounds a bit like the plans for my own new layout.Smile ThumpUp

What ever you decide, have fun building it.

Ian.





Thanks alot Ian!

Your idea sounds very interesting indeed Smile Would it be possible for you to show me what you mean??

Offline Ian555  
#6 Posted : 27 April 2012 09:54:13(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Me and my layouts..Baden-Württemberg Part III Post 24.

Some sketches of my proposed new layout.

My layout will be built sitting in the middle of the room, roughly the same size as your own (9m by 6.6m), so will be able to walk right round the layout and the U shape creates the access walkway up thro the middle.

Maybe you can work something around that, so you could fit your own plans to it.

Ian.

Offline steventrain  
#7 Posted : 27 April 2012 09:57:29(UTC)
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Big layout, Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Largest marklinist Layout with Centrail station 2/Mobile station 2/60174 boosters/C-Tracks/K-Tracks/Favorites class BR01, BR23, BR50/Insider Club membership since 2004.
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Offline NewMB  
#8 Posted : 27 April 2012 10:43:08(UTC)
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Thank You both Ian and Steven.

Offline NewMB  
#9 Posted : 27 April 2012 13:46:54(UTC)
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Another update..... after considering the ideas on this forum and others that I have found I came up with a new plan that may actually work better Smile No 1m long bridge to worry about.

Again, I would be very greatful for any input, comments etc.

Oviously this plan is NOT to scale but give some idea's on how many trains I can run. Planned below is 5 stations and 2 trains that can run non-stop and 2 trains that run on it's on line. Again, no plans made for any hidden storage yards. Table can also be adjusted to accomodate more space. Lots of track missing too.

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Offline NewMB  
#10 Posted : 30 April 2012 17:02:02(UTC)
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Made a new trackplan for my future project and would really like your opinion pls.

As you can see, on the plan there is 5 routes (3 loops & 2 A-B rotes) that can be operated. I have also planned in wide turnouts here and there, bridges, tunnels, mountains and different levels. I am planning to have 3-4 stations + industry + towns. The rectangular box represents "Bonn" Station from Faller. Not 100% happy with it though.....


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Offline BrandonVA  
#11 Posted : 30 April 2012 17:12:34(UTC)
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How do you access the opening in the top left of the drawing? Do you have to crawl under the table? I like the detail and waviness in the track. I wonder if that long straight section in the top left could be modified to make it a little more wavy for consistency. Of course, I don't know your landscape/building plans for this area, so I may be out of context.
Offline petestra  
#12 Posted : 30 April 2012 17:20:05(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, I really like the layout. The only thing I would change is the loop of track around the round house area.
I would start elevating it at each end (by the Bonn station and the other end and have the track raise to the
most you can with tunnels around the curved areas and maybe two smaller ones along the straight section of track.
This would give the impression of the train travelling in and out and thru a hilly area. The mountains/hills along the straight
track section could rise up to a backdrop board (don't know if you want that area open or not). Anyway, those were
my thoughts. Oh, by the way, I started my current layout in '09 but for two years I was planning it on Wintrack
and then had the difficult decision to pick a layout to build out of five. Since you have time still, play around some more.
Good luck,PeterThumpUp
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Offline NewMB  
#13 Posted : 30 April 2012 18:26:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BrandonVA Go to Quoted Post
How do you access the opening in the top left of the drawing? Do you have to crawl under the table? I like the detail and waviness in the track. I wonder if that long straight section in the top left could be modified to make it a little more wavy for consistency. Of course, I don't know your landscape/building plans for this area, so I may be out of context.


The top left is only accessed by crawling under the table. I made it this way so that I can get a full 140cm width to have enough space for roundhouse, station, tracks etc.

I agree re some "waves" aw it is to straight at the moment. Will work on it for some time and see what I can come up with. Thanks alot!


Originally Posted by: petestra Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, I really like the layout. The only thing I would change is the loop of track around the round house area.
I would start elevating it at each end (by the Bonn station and the other end and have the track raise to the
most you can with tunnels around the curved areas and maybe two smaller ones along the straight section of track.
This would give the impression of the train travelling in and out and thru a hilly area. The mountains/hills along the straight
track section could rise up to a backdrop board (don't know if you want that area open or not). Anyway, those were
my thoughts. Oh, by the way, I started my current layout in '09 but for two years I was planning it on Wintrack
and then had the difficult decision to pick a layout to build out of five. Since you have time still, play around some more.
Good luck,PeterThumpUp


Hi Peter,

Thanks alot for your suggestions. I think I will raise the track a bit to show it off more and perhaps also give it some "curves" like Brandon above suggested. This section is not standing up against a wall though so may be tricky with hills/tunnels there.

This is my 3rd or 4th attempt and the first one I am starting to like..... BigGrin
Offline BrandonVA  
#14 Posted : 30 April 2012 18:48:22(UTC)
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Access is certainly a plus! I can understand that.
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Offline NewMB  
#15 Posted : 01 May 2012 07:54:40(UTC)
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Some changes made, ie tunnels and raised track at the back. Also some other minor changes.

One thing I can not get my head around if the big empty space all the way to the right...... any ideas???

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Offline RayF  
#16 Posted : 01 May 2012 08:49:53(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, sorry I hadn't seen your post until today. Your plan is looking good!

You could use the empty space on the right hand end to make a small country terminus station, or an industry of some kind, with track branching off the upper main line. Alternatively you could reduce the size of the upper loop somewhat so that you can expose more of the lower loop, and have a small station on the lower loop. It could be a harbour station, or something similar.
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Offline NewMB  
#17 Posted : 01 May 2012 09:17:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: RayF Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, sorry I hadn't seen your post until today. Your plan is looking good!

You could use the empty space on the right hand end to make a small country terminus station, or an industry of some kind, with track branching off the upper main line. Alternatively you could reduce the size of the upper loop somewhat so that you can expose more of the lower loop, and have a small station on the lower loop. It could be a harbour station, or something similar.



Hi Ray,

Very good idea! As it happens, I work in the transport industry and even have a H0 Freight terminal so I can see if I can put that it there somehow..... Smile

Offline GlennM  
#18 Posted : 01 May 2012 09:32:11(UTC)
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A nice big layout, great, please do not forget to keep us posted with lots of progress photos.

Good luck with your fantastic project

Thanks


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Offline NewMB  
#19 Posted : 01 May 2012 09:40:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: RayF Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, sorry I hadn't seen your post until today. Your plan is looking good!

You could use the empty space on the right hand end to make a small country terminus station, or an industry of some kind, with track branching off the upper main line. Alternatively you could reduce the size of the upper loop somewhat so that you can expose more of the lower loop, and have a small station on the lower loop. It could be a harbour station, or something similar.



Like this perhaps..... here I have made the loop smaller and now included some branch line with industry. The tunnel in the background is slightly smaller to create more space for the new tracks.

I will also experiment with a different layout at the top - ie to connect the middle top seperate line with the industry in the top right.

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Offline NewMB  
#20 Posted : 01 May 2012 09:42:20(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GlennM Go to Quoted Post
A nice big layout, great, please do not forget to keep us posted with lots of progress photos.

Good luck with your fantastic project

Thanks


Glenn



Hi Glenn, thanks alot. It will be at least 1.5-2 years I think before I even start building....our new house does not even have the basement built yet.

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#21 Posted : 01 May 2012 10:00:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: RayF Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, sorry I hadn't seen your post until today. Your plan is looking good!

You could use the empty space on the right hand end to make a small country terminus station, or an industry of some kind, with track branching off the upper main line. Alternatively you could reduce the size of the upper loop somewhat so that you can expose more of the lower loop, and have a small station on the lower loop. It could be a harbour station, or something similar.



Like this perhaps..... here I have made the loop smaller and now included some branch line with industry. The tunnel in the background is slightly smaller to create more space for the new tracks.

I will also experiment with a different layout at the top - ie to connect the middle top seperate line with the industry in the top right.

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That's exactly the type of plan I was thinking of! ThumpUp
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Offline petestra  
#22 Posted : 01 May 2012 10:27:35(UTC)
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I really like it a-lot now, Patrik. PeterThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp
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Offline NewMB  
#23 Posted : 01 May 2012 11:01:15(UTC)
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So here we go with a new version.....this time I have made the loop smaller and extended the seperate line to create another longer and more involving industry area. Total track lenght is now 105.32m! I've also added some stations BigGrin


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Offline hennabm  
#24 Posted : 01 May 2012 14:01:59(UTC)
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Hi Patrik

that looks excellent ThumpUp

If it is some time before you even start to build, if you are like me then your ideas will change before you put any screw to the wood.

Good luck. I look forward to watching the progress.

Mike
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Offline Ian555  
#25 Posted : 01 May 2012 15:17:18(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Good track plan, all you need to do now, is move it into the middle of the room. Wink Smile

Plenty time to do that, you building the house yourselfs or thro' a company.

Ian.

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Offline NewMB  
#26 Posted : 01 May 2012 15:51:49(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

Good track plan, all you need to do now, is move it into the middle of the room. Wink Smile

Plenty time to do that, you building the house yourselfs or thro' a company.

Ian.




Thanks Ian. I am sure I'll change this plan a few more times, or at least create a couple more to compare with.

A company is doing the work for us, but we have designed the house ourselves Cool Hopefully we can start in June!
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#27 Posted : 01 May 2012 16:57:54(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, I just noticed one thing which I think is important. The three main line tracks at the Bonn
station have points/double slip switch going in to the inner loop but you should have the same thing
coming out so that trains leaving the inner loop can switch onto the center or outer tracks too. PeterSmile
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#28 Posted : 01 May 2012 17:05:50(UTC)
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Very good trackplan, It is a Big layout!
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#29 Posted : 01 May 2012 17:06:34(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

It's a very exciting time having your own house built.....enjoy it. ThumpUp

Ian.

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#30 Posted : 01 May 2012 17:10:47(UTC)
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Patrik - looks better all the time. Since I seem to be obsessed with the top left, I would suggest display cases could go on the wall at the top here...if you have a desire for such a thing. Just make sure to leave enough room for it (if there is not already).

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Offline scraigen  
#31 Posted : 01 May 2012 18:50:27(UTC)
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Hi

A couple of suggestions/questions if I may.

I'd give the station area much bigger prominence, you have so much space, but don't seem to have given much of it to the station. What is the longest train you'd like to fit in your station? One suggestion might be to flip the turntable and sidings so that the turntable is over at the left as far as it will go, with the sidings extending behind the station, with the station moving more towards the centre of that section, or maybe even simpler, could you afford a little more depth and put the station building on the outside of the loop in the centre such that as a viewer you'd see the station from the passengers entrance and then you're looking beyond it to the yard area.

There are three tracks running past the station area - is there space for a platform between them or are you having platforms at two tracks with a straight through in the middle?

Also I'd add a pair of points so that once a train has entered the loop that goes around the station and turntable going clockwise it can get out again without reversing.

Huge space you have there, it'll be really interesting to see how it turns out.

Good Luck

Stu

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Offline NewMB  
#32 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:02:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: petestra Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, I just noticed one thing which I think is important. The three main line tracks at the Bonn
station have points/double slip switch going in to the inner loop but you should have the same thing
coming out so that trains leaving the inner loop can switch onto the center or outer tracks too. PeterSmile




Oops! Thanks for pointing it out. I'll have a go at it!

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#33 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:06:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: steventrain Go to Quoted Post
Very good trackplan, It is a Big layout!



Thanks Steven. It has always been my dream since childhood to have a BIG Märklin setup Smile


Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

It's a very exciting time having your own house built.....enjoy it. ThumpUp

Ian.




Oh yes. I'll be my 3rd house so very exciting times indeed. Just had a nice email today from the solicitor saying "exchange on 18th May".... can't wait!
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#34 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:18:23(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: scraigen Go to Quoted Post
Hi

A couple of suggestions/questions if I may.

I'd give the station area much bigger prominence, you have so much space, but don't seem to have given much of it to the station. What is the longest train you'd like to fit in your station? One suggestion might be to flip the turntable and sidings so that the turntable is over at the left as far as it will go, with the sidings extending behind the station, with the station moving more towards the centre of that section, or maybe even simpler, could you afford a little more depth and put the station building on the outside of the loop in the centre such that as a viewer you'd see the station from the passengers entrance and then you're looking beyond it to the yard area.

There are three tracks running past the station area - is there space for a platform between them or are you having platforms at two tracks with a straight through in the middle?

Also I'd add a pair of points so that once a train has entered the loop that goes around the station and turntable going clockwise it can get out again without reversing.

Huge space you have there, it'll be really interesting to see how it turns out.

Good Luck

Stu



Thanks Stu for the suggestions!

The longest train may be the 8 wagons ICE train have and some other ones of similar lenghts.

I'll have a look at the extra turnouts and also placing the station in the middle to see if that's better. The only "problem" I see with all this is my big wish to have long turnouts to add elegance to the layout. Perhaps only a silly idea, but I think they look so much better than the normal (but easier to work with) turnouts.

Yes, there are approx 50-51mm between the 3 tracks and are specifically planned to have Faller platsforms between them. You may be able to see them on my pictures of my former layout posted in this thread. I believe they are 48mm wide. There's also some 7-8cm in either side of the other loop in the middle table so there is room for manouver if necessary.



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#35 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:23:53(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BrandonVA Go to Quoted Post
Patrik - looks better all the time. Since I seem to be obsessed with the top left, I would suggest display cases could go on the wall at the top here...if you have a desire for such a thing. Just make sure to leave enough room for it (if there is not already).

-Brandon


I have looked at them but for some reason are unable to find them at "normal prices. Paying €500 on a display cabinet is a bit to much IMO.... especially when I can get another nice new Märklin loco for that Laugh

Seriously though, any idea's where I can find some nice, at normal price, display cabinets??

Btw, where in VA are you?? I've spent alot of time around Aquia Harbour, Woodbridge and DC (one of my fav US cities) and just love it there. Except the heat in July..... never forget one 4th July....

Offline scraigen  
#36 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:37:00(UTC)
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I'll have a look at the extra turnouts and also placing the station in the middle to see if that's better. The only "problem" I see with all this is my big wish to have long turnouts to add elegance to the layout. Perhaps only a silly idea, but I think they look so much better than the normal (but easier to work with) turnouts.


Yes the wide radius turnouts look great don't they, I've toyed with the idea on my layout but much as I try they're awkward to fit in - Am I missing something but when I've tried to plan using them they only seem to suit the spacing between radius 4 and 5 curves which is different to the spacing of R1, R2 and R3 which is the geometry of the rest of the layout - is there an adjustment piece that spaces them out to R1/R2 spacing?


Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post

Yes, there are approx 50-51mm between the 3 tracks and are specifically planned to have Faller platsforms between them. You may be able to see them on my pictures of my former layout posted in this thread. I believe they are 48mm wide. There's also some 7-8cm in either side of the other loop in the middle table so there is room for manouver if necessary.


Good news, it was difficult to gauge from the plan image if there was enough room for platforms or not.

Seeing how people's layouts progress is the bit that I find most interesting on this forum, so I'll look forward to seeing the plan evolve.

Cheers

Stu
Marklin - Sheffield S6 - Snooker table plus modest Marklin layout or no snooker table and HUGE layout??????
Offline NewMB  
#37 Posted : 01 May 2012 19:44:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: scraigen Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post

I'll have a look at the extra turnouts and also placing the station in the middle to see if that's better. The only "problem" I see with all this is my big wish to have long turnouts to add elegance to the layout. Perhaps only a silly idea, but I think they look so much better than the normal (but easier to work with) turnouts.


Yes the wide radius turnouts look great don't they, I've toyed with the idea on my layout but much as I try they're awkward to fit in - Am I missing something but when I've tried to plan using them they only seem to suit the spacing between radius 4 and 5 curves which is different to the spacing of R1, R2 and R3 which is the geometry of the rest of the layout - is there an adjustment piece that spaces them out to R1/R2 spacing?


Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post

Yes, there are approx 50-51mm between the 3 tracks and are specifically planned to have Faller platsforms between them. You may be able to see them on my pictures of my former layout posted in this thread. I believe they are 48mm wide. There's also some 7-8cm in either side of the other loop in the middle table so there is room for manouver if necessary.


Good news, it was difficult to gauge from the plan image if there was enough room for platforms or not.

Seeing how people's layouts progress is the bit that I find most interesting on this forum, so I'll look forward to seeing the plan evolve.

Cheers

Stu



In order to use the wide turnouts (24711/24712) one also have to use 2 24071 at the end. All I did was to add one more 24071 in between to get the space I wanted. Of course this does not corresponce with R1, R2 etc but its close enough and makes the platforms look good.

However, while experimenting with K-Track they do offer a wider selection of track pieces to better suit the wide turnouts.




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#38 Posted : 01 May 2012 20:21:33(UTC)
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Hi all,
Patrik,looks great and you have time to make it even better!ThumpUp Keep planning and if you haven't do so,read what others have wrote(here and other forums) on track/layout planning.


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Offline H0  
#39 Posted : 01 May 2012 20:53:49(UTC)
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Hi!
Originally Posted by: scraigen Go to Quoted Post
Am I missing something but when I've tried to plan using them they only seem to suit the spacing between radius 4 and 5 curves which is different to the spacing of R1, R2 and R3 which is the geometry of the rest of the layout - is there an adjustment piece that spaces them out to R1/R2 spacing?
The distance between R1/R2 and R2/R3 is 77 mm, the distance between R3/R4 and R4/R5 is 64 mm.

To compensate for the difference, you need a 24064, a 24077 and a 90° curve (see attachments).

I wouldn't try this with R1/R2 because 64 mm could be too little for long coaches.
I'd avoid R1 anyway. If possible, use R4 and R5 for visible areas - or even R9 and DIY R10.

I'd also avoid 24630 and 24624 on all main lines.

So far all Märklin coaches can run on R1 - but for S shaped curves, some already require a 400 mm radius. So if you build a new layout and can avoid R1, it cannot hurt to do so.

Patrik, nice layout. I get an error message when I click on your pictures. From the pictures I see I cannot tell for sure if R1 is used, but I guess it is.
It's your decision - I would avoid it.

Do you ever attend the MIST5 club meetings at Bedburg? That should be less than 20 km from Erftstadt.
I won't be there on Star Wars day (May the Force/fourth) but hope to make it for the June meeting. See www.mist5.de

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Offline NewMB  
#40 Posted : 01 May 2012 21:26:20(UTC)
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Hi!
Originally Posted by: scraigen Go to Quoted Post
Am I missing something but when I've tried to plan using them they only seem to suit the spacing between radius 4 and 5 curves which is different to the spacing of R1, R2 and R3 which is the geometry of the rest of the layout - is there an adjustment piece that spaces them out to R1/R2 spacing?
The distance between R1/R2 and R2/R3 is 77 mm, the distance between R3/R4 and R4/R5 is 64 mm.

To compensate for the difference, you need a 24064, a 24077 and a 90° curve (see attachments).

I wouldn't try this with R1/R2 because 64 mm could be too little for long coaches.
I'd avoid R1 anyway. If possible, use R4 and R5 for visible areas - or even R9 and DIY R10.

I'd also avoid 24630 and 24624 on all main lines.

So far all Märklin coaches can run on R1 - but for S shaped curves, some already require a 400 mm radius. So if you build a new layout and can avoid R1, it cannot hurt to do so.

Patrik, nice layout. I get an error message when I click on your pictures. From the pictures I see I cannot tell for sure if R1 is used, but I guess it is.
It's your decision - I would avoid it.

Do you ever attend the MIST5 club meetings at Bedburg? That should be less than 20 km from Erftstadt.
I won't be there on Star Wars day (May the Force/fourth) but hope to make it for the June meeting. See www.mist5.de



Thanks for the link! No, never heard of them but will for sure check them out. Yes, Bedburg is not far. Currently I live in Balkhausen (Bei Türnich) but Erftstadt (well, Bliesheim actually) is where I will live once the house is finished. Guess the wife would kill me if I tried to convince her to come along to a Märklin meet...hehe, she has enough of my Volvo Bertone Club as it is already (another interest of mine - Volvo!).

There is no R1 on any main lines (fast routes) except a few pcs and these happens to be in a tunnel. Rest is R2, R3, R4 etc. Tried not to use them actually. I will have a look tomorrow and see if I can get rid of them. I have used some R1 curves on service/industry routes. No 24630 or 24624 except on some service/industry routes.

The pics can not be enlarged due my taking of the link from Flicks. I can happy email the file so that you can have a look at it if you wanted to.



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#41 Posted : 01 May 2012 22:17:44(UTC)
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No, thank you, I don't need larger versions of your track plans. They will see some changes before you start building.

It's just that you have a URL element around the IMG element. You can remove the URL tag if it only leads to an error message. The pictures will still show if you only leave the IMG element (from img tag to /img tag).

Some non-Märklin stuff will derail on R1 - nice if R1 is used on tunnels only. Flapper

Get a Big Boy for test runs before you install catenary masts and tunnel portals.

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Regards
Tom
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Offline Nielsenr  
#42 Posted : 02 May 2012 02:22:31(UTC)
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Patrik,

To add another diagram to the one Tom supplied, here is one that shows the tracks required for a siding on a straight run of track to get the wider track spacing when using 247XX turnouts. Hope this helps.

UserPostedImage

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Offline Mark5  
#43 Posted : 02 May 2012 03:16:42(UTC)
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Welcome to forum NewMB ThumpUp

Great to read the discussion and this thread since I am making plans with constant revisions for my layout.

One thing I am learning is that just trying a layout in different configuration with existing track that I have and seeing and thinking about what I can/could build.

Having the hands on aspect in the planning makes so much sense as some in this forum had suggested to me.
Because you may find that after all the investment and attempts, you may want to do radical changes.
You obviously know a lot from your previous extensive layout.

I totally agree with the suggestion for some slow natural curves, and also if anything radical I might suggest is to consider an underlayer or shadow yard as many others here have. Personally I love to see the multiple layers with bridges and secret places for trains to hide.
Ask yourself, what kind of story/narrative are you creating with your layout.

The other thing I find is that we all have a tendency to put a bit too much clutter on our sets.
As an artist I always ask: "what do you want to look at, where do you want to draw the eye of the viewer"... and that requires visual focus.
Give yourself time to think and do lots of experiments... these are things I am telling myself.
Or course, I have little girls working with me, so my experiments have been carpetbahns!

Cheers and I hope you enjoy the forum and keep us updated with your progress.
If not, the Fat controller aka Topham Hat will come and give you work orders!
- Mark BigGrin
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Fan of signals and catenary; stations and yards. Is there anything else?

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Offline NewMB  
#44 Posted : 02 May 2012 09:09:02(UTC)
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Welcome to forum NewMB ThumpUp

Great to read the discussion and this thread since I am making plans with constant revisions for my layout.

One thing I am learning is that just trying a layout in different configuration with existing track that I have and seeing and thinking about what I can/could build.

Having the hands on aspect in the planning makes so much sense as some in this forum had suggested to me.
Because you may find that after all the investment and attempts, you may want to do radical changes.
You obviously know a lot from your previous extensive layout.

I totally agree with the suggestion for some slow natural curves, and also if anything radical I might suggest is to consider an underlayer or shadow yard as many others here have. Personally I love to see the multiple layers with bridges and secret places for trains to hide.
Ask yourself, what kind of story/narrative are you creating with your layout.

The other thing I find is that we all have a tendency to put a bit too much clutter on our sets.
As an artist I always ask: "what do you want to look at, where do you want to draw the eye of the viewer"... and that requires visual focus.
Give yourself time to think and do lots of experiments... these are things I am telling myself.
Or course, I have little girls working with me, so my experiments have been carpetbahns!

Cheers and I hope you enjoy the forum and keep us updated with your progress.
If not, the Fat controller aka Topham Hat will come and give you work orders!
- Mark BigGrin


Hi Mark,

Thanks for the Welcome!

Planning a new layout is both daunting and really interesting at the same time. I have now done one I feel quite happy with but need to do a few more to make sure I am really going for the right one! I am sure that while building it, I will make changes. I certainly did so on my previous small (but complicated) layout. Space was the main issue there, not so at this new place as the room is 11.4m long!

Re the shadow yard, I had this before and never used it. Again I believe this to be thanks to the limited space I had and I have considered it for this one. One big problem is to keep it clean though IMO. Of course, a stagging yard does not have to have any special things added to it except tracks.

Yes, I did a mistake by cluttering my smaller layout. I blame this on the fact that size, again, was the problem and the very first time I did my own "proper" layout. But I do believe that the new layout will not be so cluttered due to the size and I from the very outset did/does not want to many tracks.

Of course there will be a nice new thread under the "Me and my Layout" section once I start.

Patrik


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#45 Posted : 02 May 2012 09:59:45(UTC)
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I have now done some smaller adjustments to the trackplan and the location of the Roundhouse etc. This gives more space to the station.

I have also added some wide turnouts so that all loops can be reached with no reversing.

Again, opinions and comments welcome.

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Offline NewMB  
#46 Posted : 02 May 2012 10:03:52(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: H0 Go to Quoted Post
No, thank you, I don't need larger versions of your track plans. They will see some changes before you start building.

It's just that you have a URL element around the IMG element. You can remove the URL tag if it only leads to an error message. The pictures will still show if you only leave the IMG element (from img tag to /img tag).

Some non-Märklin stuff will derail on R1 - nice if R1 is used on tunnels only. Flapper

Get a Big Boy for test runs before you install catenary masts and tunnel portals.



A Big Boy is on order (on it's way to me now) and the only things I have which are non-Marklin stuff comes from Jeco, Brawa and NMJ.

A lot of test runs will have to be made Smile

Offline petestra  
#47 Posted : 02 May 2012 10:19:48(UTC)
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It's going to be one super layout, Patrik. The Wintrack software is just such a wonderful planner.
PeterThumpUp Smile
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Offline NewMB  
#48 Posted : 02 May 2012 13:33:01(UTC)
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And here's a version with the station in the very middle. Not so sure about this one..... comments pls.

UserPostedImage


And as a "reminder" - here's the original one that now looks pretty much done.

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Offline petestra  
#49 Posted : 02 May 2012 14:07:34(UTC)
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Hi Patrick, I like the Bonn station in the center. I think it looks more prototypical to have points upon entering/leaving
rather than just on one side. I have more on one side than the other but I had no choice as individual tracks needed
their climbs/descents to begin at the end of the station. PeterThumpUp
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#50 Posted : 02 May 2012 14:47:17(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Where do you intend to sit/stand to control the layout, or will you be mobile on your iphone. Smile

Ian.

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Offline BrandonVA  
#51 Posted : 02 May 2012 16:49:47(UTC)
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Welcome to forum NewMB ThumpUp

If not, the Fat controller aka Topham Hat will come and give you work orders!
- Mark BigGrin


Haha! Mark...that's not what I meant. Got me laughing at my desk.

-Brandon
Offline NewMB  
#52 Posted : 02 May 2012 17:47:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

Where do you intend to sit/stand to control the layout, or will you be mobile on your iphone. Smile

Ian.



Ian, I don't have an iPhone as I am a Blackberry person..... as for where to make the connections etc, I have no idea. I would think it should be possible to have a very long cable running across the room Laugh
Offline RayF  
#53 Posted : 02 May 2012 18:12:44(UTC)
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hi Patrik,

I think I like it more with Bonn station in the middle.
Ray

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#54 Posted : 02 May 2012 19:08:07(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I have built yards like that too, but the one issue I have with yards the way that you have it, is access issues.
You can't really put long trains in those yards.... but its nice for shunting a few cars around.
However, longer trains could easily be kept in a shadow yard.

It seems to me a shadow yard would work best on a thin shelf style layouts where its easier to access.
That way you both length for a long train, and easy of access in working with it...
.... I have been thinking of a design to actually have my lower level slide out on drawer slides to work with it when needed,
or to work on the upper level wiring.

Just thinking out-loud here and hoping it helps,
Mark

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#55 Posted : 02 May 2012 19:17:41(UTC)
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Patrik,

I don't think any of us have room for this on our layouts, but here's an example of a fairly large classification yard in Heilbronn, Germany. Maybe give you some ideas. I can't figure out a good way to show the whole thing here, but if you go to Google maps, choose satellite view, and look for Heilbronn, Germany you should be able to zoom in and look at the whole thing. There's also a roundhouse just a bit to the West at the SEH Eisenbahnmuseum.
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Offline H0  
#56 Posted : 02 May 2012 19:50:03(UTC)
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Offline NewMB  
#57 Posted : 02 May 2012 20:05:18(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MM-MarkMontreal Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

I have built yards like that too, but the one issue I have with yards the way that you have it, is access issues.
You can't really put long trains in those yards.... but its nice for shunting a few cars around.
However, longer trains could easily be kept in a shadow yard.

It seems to me a shadow yard would work best on a thin shelf style layouts where its easier to access.
That way you both length for a long train, and easy of access in working with it...
.... I have been thinking of a design to actually have my lower level slide out on drawer slides to work with it when needed,
or to work on the upper level wiring.

Just thinking out-loud here and hoping it helps,
Mark



I know what you mean with access. I think that in most cases it all comes down to space and size of the room.
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Offline kbvrod  
#58 Posted : 02 May 2012 20:12:51(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,all,


>I know what you mean with access. I think that in most cases it all comes down to space and size of the room. <

Not at all.

Dr D

Offline BrandonVA  
#59 Posted : 03 May 2012 14:47:40(UTC)
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Thanks Tom! More interesting examples.
Offline NewMB  
#60 Posted : 08 May 2012 11:57:39(UTC)
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Just a small update.

I have been working on yet another layout using the full length of the room (11.4m) that has some nice features....

- Station in middle
- Long loops
- Yards for Goods and Passenger wagons - both in connection with the station
- Industrial areas
- Roundhouse & Turntable
- Mountains
- Bridges
- Tunnels

etc etc

Offline NewMB  
#61 Posted : 09 May 2012 15:10:16(UTC)
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So here we go..... comments etc are very welcome.

UserPostedImage


Here we have 2 loops where loco's can travel in each direction independently from each other. Station in the middle, passenger wagons yard, loco yard with roundhouse & turntable, goods yard (intend to have factories etc there) and 2 places for local trains.

Only snag I can see is that with this one, I can not get the parade route that is going like a snake.....
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#62 Posted : 09 May 2012 15:17:25(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I see you are slowly moving into the middle of the room. Smile

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#63 Posted : 09 May 2012 15:28:02(UTC)
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I like it a-lot, Patrik. I would make the Bonn Hauptbahnhof station platforms longer to accommodate longer
passenger trains. PeterThumpUp
Offline NewMB  
#64 Posted : 09 May 2012 19:16:04(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

I see you are slowly moving into the middle of the room. Smile

Ian.



Oh yes! LOL We will see what the wife says about that as she is SO interested at the moment!


Originally Posted by: petestra Go to Quoted Post
I like it a-lot, Patrik. I would make the Bonn Hauptbahnhof station platforms longer to accommodate longer
passenger trains. PeterThumpUp



Thanks! Longer platforms can certainly be arranged, but I think that will wait until it's time to build it. It's difficult to understand the size of this thing..... the total track now measures 131.20m which is considerable longer than any of the previous plans I made.

Any idea's to make this one better?
Offline Rinus  
#65 Posted : 09 May 2012 19:52:55(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

These are some ambituous plans!

Personally I like to copy the resal things as much as possible, restricted by the limitations we all have to work with (room, scale, money etc..). When you look closer to the real thing you'll notice some interesting things: there are no radius 2 or 3 curves visible and its very rare to see more than 2 tracks at the same time.

My thoughts are therefor:
With so much space I'd go for a reconstruction of something real. I read you have some interest in German lines. Perhaps this plan of Cologne inspires you.

UserPostedImage

Taken from: http://sporenplan.nl/

Also I'd try to avoid 90 degree turns, especially in radius 1,2,3 and even 4 or 5. Its just not that good looking. Furthermore with that amount of space available you could afford some wide radius turns with superelevations just as the real thing. Its fantastic seeing your trains passing such a tuns.

I liked your first plan the most. Its clean and simple. An overdosis of track per m2 as in your later plans, other than a station or shunting yard, does not look very realisic.

And last, planning programms are great but I got the best results don't using one and just start laying track and see how things look for real.

Once again: just my thoughts

I hope you enjoy the designing process!

Have you seen Monsters and Ians layouts too? They are large and great too see.

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Offline NewMB  
#66 Posted : 09 May 2012 20:35:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Rinus Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

These are some ambituous plans!

Personally I like to copy the resal things as much as possible, restricted by the limitations we all have to work with (room, scale, money etc..). When you look closer to the real thing you'll notice some interesting things: there are no radius 2 or 3 curves visible and its very rare to see more than 2 tracks at the same time.

My thoughts are therefor:
With so much space I'd go for a reconstruction of something real. I read you have some interest in German lines. Perhaps this plan of Cologne inspires you.

UserPostedImage

Taken from: http://sporenplan.nl/

Also I'd try to avoid 90 degree turns, especially in radius 1,2,3 and even 4 or 5. Its just not that good looking. Furthermore with that amount of space available you could afford some wide radius turns with superelevations just as the real thing. Its fantastic seeing your trains passing such a tuns.

I liked your first plan the most. Its clean and simple. An overdosis of track per m2 as in your later plans, other than a station or shunting yard, does not look very realisic.

And last, planning programms are great but I got the best results don't using one and just start laying track and see how things look for real.

Once again: just my thoughts

I hope you enjoy the designing process!

Have you seen Monsters and Ians layouts too? They are large and great too see.

Rinus


Thanks Rinus. That's the thing, I feel that it may be a tad too large. Yes, Cologne station is fantastic. Impressive place....

The problem I found in the earlier plans were the issues I would have by having a hidden yard (been there, done that and nothing but problems) so I thought that I do it "upstairs". That would save me the time it takes to take current train sets off the tracks and place a new one one etc. I have 100 loco's now (just taken delivery no 100 which happens to be 37994 Big Boy).

On the plans, there are no R1 turns on any of the two loops. Only in industrial and the local runs can those be found. It was one of the basic rules for me. I would also like to see a better paraderoute that a simple straight one. This last plan is one of those plans I actually really like and will be one to consider later when time comes to build it. I have well over 12-18 months before even starting to build anything so plenty of time to change and re-consider.



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#67 Posted : 10 May 2012 11:40:45(UTC)
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Some changes....

Just realized that the loops did not work individually so had to fix that Blushing They work now though.

Also split the outer loop towards the wall and some other minor changes. Seems like less track but it's actually more at a total of 134.07m. It also have me that curved paraderoute I wanted. Lots of elevations but can't be seen on this drawing. Would be happy to post a 3D pic, but for some reason all tunnel entrances are shown as being above the tracks....anyone know why?

Again, comments and opinions welcome Smile

Thanks!

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#68 Posted : 11 May 2012 19:38:21(UTC)
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I like the parade route!
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#69 Posted : 11 May 2012 20:54:04(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, looks great. yes the elevations are VERY important to get right beforehand. I had to do several layouts
over and over again because of it. I don't know if you will be using catenary as I have but one does need to
allow more space for it (at least 105 mm). I raised each track section by 5mm on Wintrack. PeterSmile
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#70 Posted : 12 May 2012 09:06:02(UTC)
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I like the parade route!



Thanks Brandon. I think I am slowly getting there! Laugh

Originally Posted by: petestra Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik, looks great. yes the elevations are VERY important to get right beforehand. I had to do several layouts
over and over again because of it. I don't know if you will be using catenary as I have but one does need to
allow more space for it (at least 105 mm). I raised each track section by 5mm on Wintrack. PeterSmile



Thanks!

I wasn't planning to use catenary.... never appealed to me, but perhaps I could use it on the parade route, if not connected then at least for the looks. I have allowed 120mm for enough clearance. Perhaps a tad much??

I am also having problems understanding how to hook all this up to power. Previous layout used a simple MS1 + a 60052 Transformer (plus other 60052's for power to lights, turnouts etc). On this one I intend to use a CS2 (or better!) and I have frankly saying, no idea what the best solution for power is.

Anyone know pls???

Do I need to use Boosters?? How to hook them up???

Greatful for any input.



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#71 Posted : 12 May 2012 09:29:31(UTC)
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Do I need to use Boosters?? How to hook them up???



The answer to that question is entirely based on how many trains you want to run and what features they have - sound / smoke / coach lights, etc.

You should be able to run 6 to 8 trains with just the CS2, and maybe even more.


As to how you connect a booster......well, the 60174 booster connects to a socket on the back of the CS2, and has a red and brown track output which you connect to your booster track section just like you would connect the CS2. You must isolate the centre rail at both ends between the track section supplied by the CS2 and the track section supplied by the booster.

Connect a 60061 power supply (60101 power supply at 5 amps is not supported by Marklin for H0 use, and you will invalidate your warranty if you do use it.) and away you go.

With a large layout like yours, make sure you have plenty of track feeder wires - Marklin recommends every 2 to 3 metres.
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#72 Posted : 12 May 2012 14:13:34(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post
Do I need to use Boosters?? How to hook them up???



The answer to that question is entirely based on how many trains you want to run and what features they have - sound / smoke / coach lights, etc.

You should be able to run 6 to 8 trains with just the CS2, and maybe even more.


As to how you connect a booster......well, the 60174 booster connects to a socket on the back of the CS2, and has a red and brown track output which you connect to your booster track section just like you would connect the CS2. You must isolate the centre rail at both ends between the track section supplied by the CS2 and the track section supplied by the booster.

Connect a 60061 power supply (60101 power supply at 5 amps is not supported by Marklin for H0 use, and you will invalidate your warranty if you do use it.) and away you go.

With a large layout like yours, make sure you have plenty of track feeder wires - Marklin recommends every 2 to 3 metres.



Thanks for that. Still don't quite understand why I would need to isolate sections, I thought that Boosters were simply a tool to "boost" power to a large layout.

I wish to use 2 trains at all times with coach light etc. Another 2 can be run, but need to be "looked" at unless I automate them, something which is completely new for me.

So when using a CS2, one can simply connect a 60174 Booster and a 60061 power pack?

Can one connect several boosters to the above to gain more power to the track?

You say that I need several track feeder wires. All presumably back to ONE transformer (can I use 60052 or can I only use 60061?)? These track feeder wires are just a simple connection to the track every 2-3 metres and nothing else?

Do I even need to use boosters on my layout and only with say 4-5 loco's running at any one time??

Sorry for all the questions, but I really do not understand this electrical things.....

Thanks!!


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#73 Posted : 13 May 2012 10:41:32(UTC)
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Yet another version, now allowing for 3 loops.

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3D version too...

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Please note that the 3D buildings are not showing.

Comments etc very welcome!

Thanks.
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#74 Posted : 13 May 2012 14:18:42(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, looks great! Lots of access to all areas. PeterThumpUp Smile
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#75 Posted : 14 May 2012 06:34:47(UTC)
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Hi Patrik, looks great! Lots of access to all areas. PeterThumpUp Smile



Yes indeed. Important.

Just don't know how to make mountains in Wintrack though..... my wife wants to give me the Berlin TV tower (1m high!) and this should stand in a corner I think, on a mountain.....
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#76 Posted : 14 May 2012 08:02:28(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

When you say loops, does that mean 3 seperate circles that you can run trains on, without any signal control.

Ian.

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#77 Posted : 14 May 2012 11:47:21(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

When you say loops, does that mean 3 seperate circles that you can run trains on, without any signal control.

Ian.



Yes. Round and round we go..... Laugh

I have not planned to use any signals.....seems difficult!



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#78 Posted : 14 May 2012 12:22:12(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Yes, I to like to see trains running on the layout.

I have 8 seperate loops on the layout, 3 of them are analog and 5 are digital.

The digital section of the layout is split into 2 seperate layouts, one controlled by my CS2 and the other by a MS2. The analog section is also 2 seperate layouts with 5 blue transformers.

This allows me to easily run up to 10 trains all at the one time. (double trains running on the 2 long outside loops.)

My plans for the new layout is to run 20+ trains all at the one time.

If you like, I can post a video of 8 or 9 trains running on the layout.

Ian.

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#79 Posted : 14 May 2012 15:12:16(UTC)
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Patrick,

My only observation here would be to avoid using a 3-way turnout on any kind of loop. I use this in yards, but that's about it. This may be a matter of personal preference, but I do not like the way the trains run over them, clunking and whatnot. They also carry a much higher risk of derailment if one gets distracted (maybe just me again). :)

I like the 3rd industrial loop. Good addition.

-Brandon
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Offline NewMB  
#80 Posted : 14 May 2012 18:38:14(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Yes, I to like to see trains running on the layout.

I have 8 seperate loops on the layout, 3 of them are analog and 5 are digital.

The digital section of the layout is split into 2 seperate layouts, one controlled by my CS2 and the other by a MS2. The analog section is also 2 seperate layouts with 5 blue transformers.

This allows me to easily run up to 10 trains all at the one time. (double trains running on the 2 long outside loops.)

My plans for the new layout is to run 20+ trains all at the one time.

If you like, I can post a video of 8 or 9 trains running on the layout.

Ian.





Thanks Ian.

It would be like a dream to have so many trains running at the same time..... I am sure it's doable in the space I have but I think my fantasy is what's stopping me! I don't consider myself very good with planning a great layout. Sure, I (like everyone else) can do loops and some A to B routes, but that's about it for me. Although the current plan has some seriously long loops. Total amount of track is now over 135metres!

Ian, do you have a layout plan?




Originally Posted by: BrandonVA Go to Quoted Post
Patrick,

My only observation here would be to avoid using a 3-way turnout on any kind of loop. I use this in yards, but that's about it. This may be a matter of personal preference, but I do not like the way the trains run over them, clunking and whatnot. They also carry a much higher risk of derailment if one gets distracted (maybe just me again). :)

I like the 3rd industrial loop. Good addition.

-Brandon



Thanks Brandon. There is only one 3-way turnout on the 3rd smaller loop (perfect for a railcar me thinks) and this can easily be "resolved" to avoid hassle later. Like you say, I also do not trust them and have had loco's running over them and not liking them full stop.



Offline Ian555  
#81 Posted : 15 May 2012 05:31:21(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I approach this differently, first I build my framework to suit the available space I have, allowing for plenty of access, and then start laying out some tracks.

I don't work from a track plan, just lay out some tracks and see if it looks right. (to me anyway Smile )

Ian.




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Offline Rinus  
#82 Posted : 15 May 2012 06:29:37(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I approach this differently, first I build my framework to suit the available space I have, allowing for plenty of access, and then start laying out some tracks.

I don't work from a track plan, just lay out some tracks and see if it looks right. (to me anyway Smile )

Ian.



Great method Ian! There is no substitude for creativity.

I used it to when buidling my present layout.

Allthough it has some disadvantages (difficult to estimate the amount of track needed), its great advantage is that you'll avoid a trackplan that is based on a 90/45 degree grid, and get a much smoother trackplan.

Rinus
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#83 Posted : 15 May 2012 06:57:16(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I approach this differently, first I build my framework to suit the available space I have, allowing for plenty of access, and then start laying out some tracks.

I don't work from a track plan, just lay out some tracks and see if it looks right. (to me anyway Smile )

Ian.







When I did my small layout I also used WinTrack, but while laying the track changed alot. Just looked better.

For me the WinTrack program helps me to see how much, what and were I can lay track in the available space. On such a big space, it is difficult to do it I think.

Currently I am considering some other options that may work better, but so far no new ideas..... need to sleep on it.


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#84 Posted : 15 May 2012 06:58:17(UTC)
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Going to be a great layout.

N
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#85 Posted : 15 May 2012 07:11:03(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

I approach this differently, first I build my framework to suit the available space I have, allowing for plenty of access, and then start laying out some tracks.

I don't work from a track plan, just lay out some tracks and see if it looks right. (to me anyway Smile )

Ian.



Great method Ian! There is no substitude for creativity.

I used it to when buidling my present layout.

Allthough it has some disadvantages (difficult to estimate the amount of track needed), its great advantage is that you'll avoid a trackplan that is based on a 90/45 degree grid, and get a much smoother trackplan.

Rinus



Hi Rinus,

Thanks, yes I've followed your layout closely, those long flowing curves....looks great.

Ian.

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#86 Posted : 15 May 2012 07:13:52(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

With the space you have available, the layout will look great. ThumpUp

Ian.

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Offline NewMB  
#87 Posted : 15 May 2012 07:18:07(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

With the space you have available, the layout will look great. ThumpUp

Ian.





I think so too. My wife and daughter obviously think I am nuts....... after all, we are building a new house with a basement only for this! LOL
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#88 Posted : 15 May 2012 07:35:36(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Don't worry, you're not alone. Smile

Ian.



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#89 Posted : 15 May 2012 10:21:55(UTC)
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the more space the better.

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#90 Posted : 15 May 2012 10:26:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

With the space you have available, the layout will look great. ThumpUp

Ian.





I think so too. My wife and daughter obviously think I am nuts....... after all, we are building a new house with a basement only for this! LOL


Hi Patrik, not nuts, we are all just a "little" engrossed in our Marklin. Love Wub Woot
PeterWink

ps - oh, back in '96 when we bought our current house I made sure we had the model with the
extra large basement, finished of course!
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Offline NewMB  
#91 Posted : 15 May 2012 12:00:05(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: petestra Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: NewMB Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
Hi Patrik,

With the space you have available, the layout will look great. ThumpUp

Ian.





I think so too. My wife and daughter obviously think I am nuts....... after all, we are building a new house with a basement only for this! LOL


Hi Patrik, not nuts, we are all just a "little" engrossed in our Marklin. Love Wub Woot
PeterWink

ps - oh, back in '96 when we bought our current house I made sure we had the model with the
extra large basement, finished of course!



Excellent!! ThumpUp

I also made sure my garage can fit my other hobby..... BigGrin
Offline Ausipeet  
#92 Posted : 16 June 2012 22:29:31(UTC)
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I am staggered by the complexsity of this layout and the amount of track to be used, makes me wish that i had started my purchase of equipment some 30 years ago

Layouts like this would be uber expensive i shudder to think as to what price.

Peter a total noob to all this
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#93 Posted : 17 June 2012 02:56:07(UTC)
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Patrik,

Your plan and expectations are nothing out of the ordinary, it's a man's privilege to have toys and to make room for them.

As far as your plan is concerend, my idea behind a plan was, what will I have on my layout and having a mobile layout with modules it was easy to determine what goes on what module,
My Bonn station covers 2 modules, (4.8m) my freight yards cover over 7.2m and each module covers a different scenery or point of interest.
Another important part is further down the line, your stations have the same lenght (mainline or branchline, it is important when you are trying to program your locos to stop before the signals.
my modules include:
1 with a lake
1 with a snowscenery
1 coal mine (will be changed to a snow scenery
1 freight depot
2 Bonn Station
1 City
1 HOe
3 Freight yeard (incl. passenger carriages)
2 just landscaping with waterfall
1 funicular railway
2 just landscaping
1 diesel fuel depot
1 Viaduct
2 branchline

regards.,

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#94 Posted : 29 June 2012 07:56:26(UTC)
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I think that with so much space you can do better.

I see that you have put a lot of thought into accesibility. That is good, you should NOT compromise on that EVER.
I dont see an area dedicated to hold and store complete trains (shadow-station). I would highly recommend that you do that.
I see that you practically dont use multi-level layout. While you may have your own (and good) reasons for not doing that, I would definatly try to install shadow-stations on lower levels, or hidden under mountains on the main level.

Good luck on the project, and please keep us updated (with photos!)
Best regards
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Offline NewMB  
#95 Posted : 29 June 2012 08:20:35(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: hxmiesa Go to Quoted Post
I think that with so much space you can do better.

I see that you have put a lot of thought into accesibility. That is good, you should NOT compromise on that EVER.
I dont see an area dedicated to hold and store complete trains (shadow-station). I would highly recommend that you do that.
I see that you practically dont use multi-level layout. While you may have your own (and good) reasons for not doing that, I would definatly try to install shadow-stations on lower levels, or hidden under mountains on the main level.

Good luck on the project, and please keep us updated (with photos!)



While living in Britain I built a small layout (2x1.2 + 1.2x0.8m) in 2 levels connected via a Helix (Noch) and I found it to be a nightmare to build due to all cables from the top level. There simply was no end to cables everywhere.... ok, it didn't help that I also made the first level (bottom) having lights and fully equipped landscape etc. In reality it was only used to store trains and to run a small branch-line. Because of this I originally have decided not to go for a multilevel layout.

BUT seeing other people's layout on here and the internet has made me think again. Having trains parked, ready to go would be great of course..... not sure where I can put one though and I would prefer to avoid a Helix (@ 360 Degrees) but realise that one way or another, I will need to use this so that the trains can get "downstairs".

Any idea's of where to put it in?

Thanks for the input!!

PS Pics etc will only come once I start building.... but must first build the house (start is imminent!).
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#96 Posted : 29 June 2012 09:44:11(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Good luck with the house build. ThumpUp

What type of construction will it be...timber framed, traditional, concrete blockwork ???.

Very few houses in Scotland are built with a basement, I'd be interested in how that is laid out/built etc.

Ian.

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Offline NewMB  
#97 Posted : 29 June 2012 10:15:04(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Good luck with the house build. ThumpUp

What type of construction will it be...timber framed, traditional, concrete blockwork ???.

Very few houses in Scotland are built with a basement, I'd be interested in how that is laid out/built etc.

Ian.



Hi Ian,

Thanks!

I was about to say "all of the above" but is reality it's like this:

Basement: Re-inforced (watertight) concrete walls - 20cm thick + isolation and a few other bits making the walls for the basement 28cm thick. The basement base is also made of re-inforced concrete.
Basement to Ground Floor - concrete
Groundfloor to First Floor and Loft is all timberframe with bricked outer walls. With the outer walls comes lots of isolation etc making them 43cm thick (compared to the 28cm we had in England).

All windows are 3-glas Thermoglas (UW 0.7) and heated floors throughout.

PM sent btw Smile
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#98 Posted : 29 June 2012 11:02:44(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

Thanks for the PM. ThumpUp

Ian.



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#99 Posted : 29 June 2012 11:49:53(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I've been following the evolution of your plan with interest. I haven't wanted to comment too much because it's all too easy to get too many suggestions from different people all wanting to push their idea of a perfect layout!

I agree with your wishes to keep away from "shadow stations". Real railways don't hide their trains in tunnels when not in use. You have a large area of sidings where you can keep quite a few complete trains. For me that is a perfect solution. In reality unused passenger trains are kept in "carriage sidings" without their locomotives, but you can stretch reality and store them complete with locos.

If you wanted to make more storage space you could even redesign the lower left hand side to include a few passing loops and keep another four to six trains there. I would even possibly decorate this as another station.

There are many advantages of keeping primarily to one level:
You don't have to worry about helixes which can be a pain to build and operate,
You can keep gradients to sensible angles so you don't have to have super pulling power in all your locos,
Access to your stored trains is much easier,
Cleaning tracks is much easier,
etc.

Don't forget, real railways go to great lengths to avoid gradients!

I look forward to seeing how it all works out!
Ray

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#100 Posted : 03 July 2012 20:34:08(UTC)
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Hi Patrik,

I've been following the evolution of your plan with interest. I haven't wanted to comment too much because it's all too easy to get too many suggestions from different people all wanting to push their idea of a perfect layout!

I agree with your wishes to keep away from "shadow stations". Real railways don't hide their trains in tunnels when not in use. You have a large area of sidings where you can keep quite a few complete trains. For me that is a perfect solution. In reality unused passenger trains are kept in "carriage sidings" without their locomotives, but you can stretch reality and store them complete with locos.

If you wanted to make more storage space you could even redesign the lower left hand side to include a few passing loops and keep another four to six trains there. I would even possibly decorate this as another station.

There are many advantages of keeping primarily to one level:
You don't have to worry about helixes which can be a pain to build and operate,
You can keep gradients to sensible angles so you don't have to have super pulling power in all your locos,
Access to your stored trains is much easier,
Cleaning tracks is much easier,
etc.

Don't forget, real railways go to great lengths to avoid gradients!

I look forward to seeing how it all works out!


Thanks Ray!

Lots of ideas there. I have plenty of time to experiment with the ideas of hidden storage yards.

For me a hidden yard would be great to have as one does not have to prepare loco and wagons every time you want to drive something different. Having it all underneath means they are ready to go. But dust may be an issue.... it certainly was at the old house and plenty of tracks to clean on a regular basis.



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