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 Posted: Sun Dec 13th, 2009 08:55 pm
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Hi,

I've got the idea to build an little 0n18 layout due to Daniels wagons. Somewhere in the 1950's in Latin America, where american and european influences are coming together, british steamers are pulling german wagons, american diesels are coming up... this could be a nice environment. But it's hard to get informations, even at the web, especially if you don't speak spanish or portuguese...

Hoever, here is the story of my "Ferrocaril Puerto Real y Esmeralda" (F.P.E.): The first purpose of the railroad was carrying ore from the mine to a river port. The 18" gauge from the mining equipment was used for the railroad, this seems to be a good idea. Later the line was extended to some villages and towns along the riverside, and the station at the periphery of our town became a junction.
Here is the trackplan:

Only the red tracks are visible. The track at the rear is hidden by card facades (found them at the page of the Illinois state history society). The "flower" is a turntable with four tracks, which connects all tracks however it's needed. The storage hall (a modified station building) is cardwork as well and hides three sidings for short trains. I'm still looking for a suitable station builing with waiting room, office and so on, of course from card also. The style of the buildings is urban, maybe the suburbs of a prospering town.
The goal of the plan is a maximum of operations on a small area, at the left side are two track ends to connect another modules.
How about it?

Michael

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 Posted: Sun Dec 13th, 2009 11:31 pm
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Michael-that's a cool plan, I just don't understand the 4 track turntable. Do you want to have complete trains stored on those "hidden tracks"? I like the operational possibilities however.  I might run "to the coast" and "to the warf" together and the mine siding would be a dead end. All that track is your option, I just adhere to "less is more" for track planning. Keep us posted.         Woodie



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 Posted: Mon Dec 14th, 2009 07:21 pm
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Woodie,

I might run "to the coast" and "to the warf" together and the mine siding would be a dead end.
This would be a nice little continous run with 1 or 2 trains, but I want more trains on my layout :bg:

Do you want to have complete trains stored on those "hidden tracks"?
The trains are stored on the long straight track behind the facades and at the short sidings in the storage hall.
The turntable has only 10" diameter. I can turn short trains about 180 degrees or bring them to the right position to enter  the short sidings in the storage hall. And I can switch the loco to the other end of the train also.
For longer trains I need connections between the track ends, which let the trains passing through.
The TT provides only by turning all connections I need and replaces a lot of switches. Here are 6 positions (there are even more), including to left the layout via the next module:





Hope I make it a little bit clearer - or have I completed the confusion... L: ?

I just adhere to "less is more" for track planning
Well - do I need ALL those storage and siding tracks? I'm thinking about it...

Michael

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Michael

The use of 4 tracks on the turntable is a novel idea.

It seems to me that all the short radiating "1 car" tracks are of limited value, and could be replaced with another long siding, where the word "street" is, if you move the facade a little.


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 Posted: Mon Dec 14th, 2009 08:51 pm
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It seems to me that all the short radiating "1 car" tracks are of limited value,
OOps, my mistake... the short radial tracks are only placeholders. Their outer side marks the diameter of the turntable. Didn't mention it...
The second long siding is a good idea, if the one long siding and three short tracks in the storage hall are not enough.

Michael

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Very interesting!

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Hi,

I've started the benchwork and made a first rough tracklaying:



It's a wild mixture of N-gauge, Roco H0e and Tillig H0e "heavy saxonian track".



At the platforms and in the street the tracks will be "filled up" and the ties hidden, but at the front I will use the Tillig track. The ties scale out to approx 3' (1m) length and are 5" (12 cm) wide. At the left is N gauge track, and to the right a lighter Roco H0e for comparison.
How do you think about it?

Michael

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 Posted: Mon Mar 15th, 2010 08:49 am
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Michael:

     It is coming up very good. Can't wait to see it completed!

    Keep working. You are certainly on the good track.

                           Daniel



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This is a great plan and I really like the idea of hiding trains in a building that also doubles as a view block. Very clever!

-Cody

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