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Offline Rinus  
#1 Posted : 12 December 2019 12:01:08(UTC)
Rinus


Joined: 20/02/2005(UTC)
Posts: 1,700
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Hi all,

Building lay-outs for some years now, left me with a good supply of spare tracks. Mostly K-Track.

Now I was thinking to use this surplus and build a small lay-out for testing, programming/adjusting and runing newly bought trains, before unleasing them on the main layout. Say 1.00 x 2.00 metres max. to be installed on a board of wood, which I can put a side easily.

My idea would be to include especially those K-Track items which could possibly cause a problem for a train, waggon or coach.

Think of:
sleek switches 22715 and 22716
cross section 2257
3-way 2270
a variety radius of curves
curved switch 2269/8
lanterns attached to switches
inclinations

What are your thoughts?

Rinus


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Offline Goofy  
#2 Posted : 12 December 2019 12:16:42(UTC)
Goofy

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With or without landscape?
DCC means Digital Command Control.

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Offline hxmiesa  
#3 Posted : 12 December 2019 17:52:55(UTC)
hxmiesa

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Joined: 15/12/2005(UTC)
Posts: 2,795
Location: Spain
Rinus; Very good idea!

You should definatly install some difficult zones of tracks. Especially S-curves and all the crossings that you mention.
However, I would also be sure to install a rather simpel (outer?) oval track, which can be run without much challenge to the train.
F.x. to be able to run-in locos. -Even if a train cant handle difficult trackage very well, you might still need a track where it can run for some time, without you having to observe and be too worried about mishaps...

I woudlnt do any gradients, if you need to be able to store the thing easily and in a small space. Maybe it can be done separatly, like a ramp that is hinged in one end, and can be opened up to try out differetn heights.

Also, I would be sure to install some tracks where one of the rails is isolated, in order to see behaviour on contact-tracks (and reduced ground-contact).



PS: "With or without landscape?" -That depends; Do you think it is necessary to test the train for different types of landscapes? ;-)
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
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Offline Br502362  
#4 Posted : 13 December 2019 08:28:14(UTC)
Br502362


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Posts: 581
Location: Finland
Hi,

Märklin factory test track from the 60's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...vOzU9U-ndFlO&index=4

Cheers

Åke
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Offline Rinus  
#5 Posted : 13 December 2019 12:29:51(UTC)
Rinus


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Posts: 1,700
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
How about this? Its with a 2.5% and 4% inclination.

Testtrack 1.jpg

Testtrack 1 3D.jpg
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Offline Rinus  
#6 Posted : 13 December 2019 18:40:28(UTC)
Rinus


Joined: 20/02/2005(UTC)
Posts: 1,700
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Some changes:

Testtrack 2 3D.jpg

Testtrack 2.jpg

What do you think?

Wanted to include a 8 by using a cross section on the base plate but I could not get it fit.Confused

Rinus
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Offline TEEWolf  
#7 Posted : 13 December 2019 21:17:25(UTC)
TEEWolf

Germany   
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If you want to use it as a programming track too, then you are not allowed to have more than this loco on your layout - nothing else. No other decoders or whatever. So beside this nice layout you should think about a straight short track just for programming.Smile
CS 3 is a controlling station from Märklin - not a central station.
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Offline Martti Mäntylä  
#8 Posted : 14 December 2019 00:51:20(UTC)
Martti Mäntylä

Finland   
Joined: 15/11/2018(UTC)
Posts: 89
Location: Uusimaa, Helsinki
My limited experience suggests that a test track should include typical combinations of points that may appear on a rail yard such as a left point followed by a right point. I have just spent some time to fine-tune the bogies of my new Blechwagen cars so that they can easily negotiate these kinds of challenges.
- Martti M.
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