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Offline nzrabbitty  
#1 Posted : 06 October 2020 06:05:52(UTC)
nzrabbitty

New Zealand   
Joined: 05/01/2018(UTC)
Posts: 15
I am using M track and are using Scarm software to design the layout.

I am trying to work out the minimum safe distance
from track centre to the edge of the baseboard M track

I like to have as much layout in the limited space I have

Hoping some one can an an old fella with this.
I Have found A Cheap and safe way to Have an Exciting Life
Get Married And Give your Wife A Hard Time
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BUT you never know When

Cheers
Chris
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Offline Gregor  
#2 Posted : 06 October 2020 07:58:39(UTC)
Gregor

Netherlands   
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Location: Netherlands
There is no fixed rule, but jou can install side boards when you feel uncomfortable.

Gregor

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Offline JohnjeanB  
#3 Posted : 06 October 2020 13:21:31(UTC)
JohnjeanB

France   
Joined: 04/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1,143
Location: Paris, France
Hi Chris

The safe space near a curved track depends on the radius and on the coach maximum length.
For small typical curves (R1 , R2) there should be a distance of 38.5 mm (77mm divided by 2) or 18.5 mm away from the rail base.
The easy tracing could be made using a large washer as used in body shops for cars.
As a protection to avoid locos to fall down in case of derailment, I use a strip of transparent flexible plastic material about 35 mm high to be stapled on the 10 mm plywood used for track support.
strips.png
This quick and never I had a train falling down
Cheers
Jean
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Offline Copenhagen  
#4 Posted : 06 October 2020 13:43:55(UTC)
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Also be aware that Scarm may not show the correct size of the track on your computer layout. The track is probably a bit wider in real life than it shows in Scarm. That's my experience with C tracks.
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Offline nzrabbitty  
#5 Posted : 06 October 2020 21:22:44(UTC)
nzrabbitty

New Zealand   
Joined: 05/01/2018(UTC)
Posts: 15
Thanks for the advice.

I use Scarm centre line for distances as the track width varies dependent on the zoom level.

I like the Clear rail around the edge, more for me than children.
I have problems with the nerve system and sometimes body control a little difficult.

Never thought of using the track spacing as my guide.
Some times the answer to the question is right under the nose.
I Have found A Cheap and safe way to Have an Exciting Life
Get Married And Give your Wife A Hard Time
You Know Your Going To Get A Thick Ear
BUT you never know When

Cheers
Chris
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Offline dominator  
#6 Posted : 09 October 2020 11:07:46(UTC)
dominator

New Zealand   
Joined: 20/01/2015(UTC)
Posts: 895
Location: Kerikeri
I found 10 mm between track and edge of base was enough. i never had a problem with exposed edges until about 6 weeks ago when "Miss Hyde" [ Holly the cat ] decided to drag a lighted coach train off the side. I now have a 100mm high wall around the edges that I cant get to in a hurry.
Dereck
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Offline JohnjeanB  
#7 Posted : 09 October 2020 13:11:42(UTC)
JohnjeanB

France   
Joined: 04/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1,143
Location: Paris, France
Hi y'all

As a teen I experienced the sorrow of having a whole train going down on the concrete of my father's cellar.
So since I install some sort of barrier (a transparent Rhodoïd-like strip protruding by 25 mm above the table top).
If that barrier is installed too close from the track then, in curves, long coaches will rub on it so for smaller curves a distance of 3.8 cm is advisable from track center to the edge.
Cheers
Jean
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latest vid
humping yard
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Offline Gregor  
#8 Posted : 09 October 2020 14:37:05(UTC)
Gregor

Netherlands   
Joined: 17/04/2003(UTC)
Posts: 948
Location: Netherlands
Top of Helix @ 1.80 meter + no safety board =
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Offline Jimmy Thompson  
#9 Posted : 12 October 2020 00:35:54(UTC)
Jimmy Thompson

United States   
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Location: Florida Classic but Successful Swampland City
Gregor,

Crying Crying We really need to have a heart-to-heart talk with that Newton fellow about his "Gravity Thing"...
Jimmy T
Analogue; M-track; KLVM; Gauguin+Van Gogh; Sarrasani Zirkuswelt
There is a Prototype For Everything
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Offline JohnjeanB  
#10 Posted : 12 October 2020 02:03:49(UTC)
JohnjeanB

France   
Joined: 04/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1,143
Location: Paris, France
Jimmy
You are very funny but when it happened to me and to Gregor also I am sure it was sadness and anger at not having some protection
Jean
My lay-out videos
latest vid
humping yard
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Offline dominator  
#11 Posted : 12 October 2020 06:04:59(UTC)
dominator

New Zealand   
Joined: 20/01/2015(UTC)
Posts: 895
Location: Kerikeri
Years ago I set up some track on the kitchen table. I was showing a friend my mint condition 3021 when I must have turned the speed knob to full. Next minute he had to put his hand out and catch it as it flew off the table . Whew! that was lucky.

Our cat hasn't yet pulled a locomotive off and not likely to now.

Dereck
Northland. NZ REMEMBER 0228 for ä
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