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Offline skeeterbuck  
#1 Posted : 25 May 2021 15:14:02(UTC)
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I'm making plans for my new layout and an looking for suggestions. The area I have is approximately 4'x 8' (120cm x 240cm) with some wiggle room if needed. My only want is a double loop so I can run 2 trains without interruption. I am currently looking at Noch's Mittenwald track plan https://www.noch.com/en/...ut-mittenwald-81610.html which will suit my needs, but I rather sure there are members here that have their favorites for recommendation.

Thanks!
Chuck
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Offline marklinist5999  
#2 Posted : 25 May 2021 18:29:02(UTC)
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I knew a German man who was a machinist for Pontiac Motor division engine plant. He had two large Noch pre formed layouts together in an L. It was really nice. He ran it on 220 vots, all M track. I don't think anything was digital, but that was many years ago before he passed. If it was digital, he had the original Motorola central unit and control 80f. I don't recall any memory keyboards, but there were the blue control boxes.
He sold it all to a guy I knew who was born in Frankfurt., but an American since childhood. He loaned me the ICE 1 to run at home. I don't even remember if I connected it to my alalog trafo or my 6021.
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Offline Rwill  
#3 Posted : 25 May 2021 20:04:09(UTC)
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At risk of getting shouted at as it ignores your "only want", have a look at this from the CS3 book:

https://www.maerklin.de/...eisplaene_MM_06-2019.pdf
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Offline skeeterbuck  
#4 Posted : 25 May 2021 21:33:47(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Rwill Go to Quoted Post
At risk of getting shouted at as it ignores your "only want", have a look at this from the CS3 book:

https://www.maerklin.de/...eisplaene_MM_06-2019.pdf


Thanks, but i really want the two continuous train operation.

Chuck

Offline Alsterstreek  
#5 Posted : 25 May 2021 21:44:05(UTC)
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When I returned to the hobby, I was attracted by port scenes, like the track plan "Am Hafen" on page 54 in "Das Gleisplanbuch - Das C-Gleis" by Maerklin. Inspired by the latter, a 4x8 ft layout could look like this:
hzs-art.png
Construction is rather easy. The absence of tunnels, diagonal orientation, double-track double-train operations and the long bridges add visual interest.
hzs3d.png
Uphill grades are 5% when climbing on the outer tracks, i.e. operating in German right-hand mode, but no problem for the rather short trains to run on such a layout.
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Offline Alsterstreek  
#6 Posted : 28 May 2021 22:43:26(UTC)
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Or something completely different for 4x8 ft. A rough sketch without such luxuries as easements at the beginning of curves. Two separate levels which can be operated independently.
sa2021ma-3d.png
Both levels are connected via wyes and a bridge. Like that trains can be turned in either direction.
sa2021ma art.png
both levels
sa2021ma-o-all.pngl
upper level
sa2021ma-o.png
lower level
sa2021ma-u.png
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Offline marklinist5999  
#7 Posted : 29 May 2021 03:08:30(UTC)
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Wow! Not unlike the Biaschina loops on the Gotthard bahn .
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Offline Alsterstreek  
#8 Posted : 29 May 2021 17:31:49(UTC)
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Back to post #5: inspiration for the left side of the layout.
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