The frame work (1X4) is done. Now I have a couple of questions. I have one
section that is 2 feet wide and I want to have this as my yard. With about 5
rows of track. In some pictures of model railroads that I have I have seen it
appears that there is a nice diagonal line made with the turnouts going across
the tracks. I have tried to replicate this but, have not had any luck.
I need some advice. How is this done?
Second question; Is it common to run separate power to each line of track in the
yard? I will not be using DCC.
If these questions do not make sense let me know and I will try to clarify
Thanks for your help
Are you talking about a yard "ladder?" After the first turnout which
leads into the yard, it's just a series of turnouts in a row, lined up
along the straight legs. For example:
- start with a LH turnout (A)
- to the curved leg of A, attach the straight entry of a RH turnout (B)
- to the straight leg of B, attach the straight entry another RH turnout
- repeat for as many tracks as you want in the yard
The tracks from the straight leg of A and the curved legs B, C, etc. will
all be parallel.
If you're talking about something else, you'll have to describe it better
or post a link to a picture.
Re wiring ... yes, if you use DC, you'll definitely want to wire each
track in your yard as a separate block.
-- Bill McC.
Oops! ... apologies for replying to my own message, but I forgot to
mention re the wiring ... An alternative to wiring each yard track as a
separate DC block is to use power-routing turnouts in the ladder.
-- Bill McC.
It's called a "ladder", and there are lots of ways of building one. A
"nice diagonal line" actually takes up a lot space, and the last track
will be quite short. Try a fan arrangement, it takes less space.
Depends on whether you're using common rail wiring or not, which is
recommended if you sue two or more power packs. (You should have one
power pack for each train you want to run at the same time on different
parts of the layout.) It's simple in principle, but a lot easier to
understand with diagrams. You can find some by appropriate googling, or
quite likely some kind soul will give a url.
I think it's time you bought (or borrowed) a book or two. Try "Basic
Model Railroading" (Kalmbach 1999, ISBN 0-89024-334-4) and "Basic Wiring
for Model Railroaders (Kalmbach 2001, ISBN 0-89024-358-1). Carstens
Publishing also puts out handbooks of model railroading, but I find them
more suited to the more experienced model railroader who needs some help
organising his knowledge and filling in the gaps. You don't sound like
you're in that category yet. :-). The books mentioned will answer
questions you haven't bumped into yet. And books are a lot quicker and
easier to consult than a website. Just leaf througn the pages...
Mostly you are restricted by the space you have available.
If your space drives you to a trapzoidal arrangement then you will
have progressively shorter tracks. If you can arrange the yard in
a parallelogram shape with the leads entering at opposite corners
then you tracks will all be of the same length. We are currently
rebuild the setup yard at the club and will have 5 tracks in the
parallelogram configuration and 4 tracks in the trapazoidal config.
Think of a turnout as composed of a straight piece of track stuck to
a curved piece of track. Just connect all the "straighht" sections
together head to tail.
In order to park a locomotive on a yard siding and operate another
locomotive you need to remove track power from the siding. If you
don't, the locomotive on the siding will power up and start to move when
you want it to stay put.
You often want to have a number of different trains made up, and
ready to run. This permits you to switch trains around and run
different ones rather than just cycling the same train around and
around. You place the "spare" trains on powered down yard tracks, so
they stay put. When it comes time to switch trains, the one on the
mainline slips onto a yard siding, and power is switched off to keep it
there. Then a flip of a toggle switch applies power to some other yard
track and the train there on pulls out onto the main line.
I should of posed the second question better. I was wondering if it is best to
use separate power packs for each track line, but I have already answered that
question for myself, since I have had time to think about it.