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Offline Alsterstreek  
#201 Posted : 24 May 2020 21:01:38(UTC)
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Kind of like that?
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Good idea.
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#202 Posted : 26 September 2020 19:17:09(UTC)
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Normally I am not a fan of ovals. However, the compact Canyon City RR track plan by the late George Bastert caught my attention, because offers many features of general interest (at least for me). In my C track translation it measures 110 x 190 cm.
Canyon2020City1.png
The single level construction is rather simple. Having all turnouts accessible from the front, the layout can be "surrounded" by three walls. Train meets are possible, the highway overpass allows to hide an entire train, thus making a train run seem to be long(er). There are both siding capacity and switching potential. Stub tracks disappearing "in the distance" under the overpass plus the placement of mirrors add scenic depth and simulate a connection to a greater world.
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Offline hvc  
#203 Posted : 27 September 2020 15:17:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Alsterstreek Go to Quoted Post

Canyon2020City1.png

I especially love this...
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where you've managed to keep standard R1/R2 spacing and alignment at each end of the "parallel" curve with assorted switches, weird and wonderful track assortment and also easements! Very neat.

- Herman
- Herman
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#204 Posted : 06 February 2021 01:05:09(UTC)
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I like the versatile routing potential of plan no. 66 in 101 Track Plans by Model Railroader Books. The original plan proposes a river maze and hills in the middle. The stub terminal could have any size, and it could bend around the upper curve or go straight on a shelf. The corpus measures 250 x 140 cm.
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Offline rbw993  
#205 Posted : 06 February 2021 14:19:15(UTC)
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Ah yes Ak, the old Eureka, Shasta & Great Eastern Railway. Nice out and back plan with the option for continuous running. I like 82 and 84.

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#206 Posted : 06 February 2021 14:41:02(UTC)
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Curved turnouts allow for condensing to +200 cm x +120 cm , while keeping easements and extend ramp as well as return loop lengths. Ruling grade is 3% now.
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#207 Posted : 06 February 2021 14:46:33(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rbw993 Go to Quoted Post
Ah yes Ak, the old Eureka, Shasta & Great Eastern Railway. Nice out and back plan with the option for continuous running.
Well, your recent Granite Gorge & Northern interpretation in C major, I mean C track, encouraged me to follow your path.


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I like 82 and 84.
Yes, so do I, but one needs rather a garage space for those.

:0/

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#208 Posted : 06 February 2021 19:11:45(UTC)
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In New England garage spaces aren't so great at -5C and below. Fortunately basements are common.

I also like the 6th plan in the Atlas book. I am thinking of doing a C interpretation of that. I won't build it as I've got Immensee to finish. I've drawn track plans since I was a kid, especially when I was bored in school. Drawing nice smooth intertwined lines was soothing.
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Offline Alsterstreek  
#209 Posted : 06 February 2021 21:25:07(UTC)
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Soothing it is, kind of like solving crosswords puzzles. About plan 82: I am intrigued by the space and face saving solution to have the return loop "under-pass" the stub terminal and serve the freight yard. As usual in the book, ramps are audacious, but that can be overcome.
Offline rbw993  
#210 Posted : 06 February 2021 22:45:55(UTC)
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The grades are definitely steep on the branch and from Chelsea to Woodville Tower but I don't think that long trains were typical on home layouts back in '56 when this was first published. Good reason to run a helper up to Albion. Though I assume the traffic would be empties up and loads down.
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Offline Alsterstreek  
#211 Posted : 07 February 2021 13:53:56(UTC)
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Plan 82 inspired poor man´s Toledo module on 1 x 2 m, gradient 5% down and 3.5% up
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Edit - reminds me of Bilbao´s Abando train station - see attached aerial photograph.
2017 01 ETS bilbao Abando_V08-REFUNDIDO.pdf (4,987kb) downloaded 8 time(s).
Offline rbw993  
#212 Posted : 07 February 2021 14:34:35(UTC)
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They want to ruin it. There'll be no more train watching!!!
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