Some years ago I remember looking at a layout with a central terminus,
surrounded by an oval.
Train left, orbited for a bit, then arrived on the other side of the central
Meets the needs of a local lad, but I cannot find anything on any such
layout on the web.
Anyone seen such a things, I'd like to pass him a worked example rather than
just my sketch.
It is a long shot, as layout designs are not common on the web. Three
a) Terminal on central peninsula attached to oval around outside via a
wye (triangle). Takes a lot of space, as width must be 2R + X, where R
is minimum radius, and X is allowance for clearance between track and
outer edged o layout, plus any allowance for double tracks, etc.
b) Terminal on inside of oval, attached via junctions at each end. Takes
less space than a), but scenic treatment more tricky. Variation"
terminal attached via one junction, plus reversing track across oval to
reverse train so it can enter terminal.
c) Figure 8 with terminal on one side, and a reversing track connecting
the lobes. Variation has terminal connected at both ends, this requires
two reversing tracks.
All may be combines with double-lap ovals, which requires more width. On
larger spaces, the topology may be disguised by draping the mainline to
rise and cross over itself in several places.
"Trev" <trevbowdenatdsl.pipex.cominvalid> wrote in message
Mike Smith wrote:
You might be lucky at the library with Cyril Fraser's old books for peco.
The best I can think off was a two level with the terminus at the top back
Thanks chaps - Kolf's B variant sound rather good, if he has the length to
and Mr Freezers layout might be of interest, although a multi level
arrangement might be difficult as a first effort.
What scale are you interested in "OO" or "N" ?
Plan 11 in the Peco N Gauge planbook is similar to this - a central
terminus with oval and platforms either side of the station but has
additional sidings etc.
I can let you have a scanned copy but would I be right in thinking
that attachments to messages are banned in this newsgroup.
Ah Ha! I thought I had seen a plan as well as a layout, I got him the plan
book a while back, will stop by this weekend and take a proper look at the
space he has.
It's N because he is inheriting some track and rolling stock from me.
I'd still like to find some pics of that layout though, it was a good few
years back and on reflection I think it may have been N as well. Doodling I
am not sure how to handle goods traffic.
Thanks and regards
Yup, think that's sorted, front side will hold the goods yard (shunting
needs hands), behind the station will be carriage sidings (probably end up
hosting DMUs, a run round loop at the front would be accessible but not
round the back), station to the left, curve hidden under raised roadway with
ramp down to yard area, turn table access to MPD to the right, turntable
accessed from both sides of the station, MPD to the rear, and some storage
siding at right front. Curve at right running between houses to break the
view a bit.
Not sure of the space just yet, if it's long enough add a couple of storage
loops on the rear run under a raised street scene.
I'm enthusiastic, not so sure about his Mum though, space is an issue.
May end up 'Continetal' as their stuff can all cope with 7.5 inch red curves
at the ends, reduces overall width to 18 inches, which may swing it with the
domestic authorities (18 inch by eight foot shelf in the bedroom). My old
stock (Minitrix, GF etc) can handle curves that tight but not I believe the
Planning on using Fleichman track, beggar to paint but has all the bits I
need and I like the way the point motors can be inverted and set into the
surface. Pity they don't do a longer rad curved point, but you can't have
If I get the go ahead I'll need to have the track laid and wiring done by
Xmas with some scenery, do the rest with him later.
Moved into a new flat and began a new career not long ago, so my own current
effort is still propped up awaiting time to resolve a couple of wiring
problems, been there for two years now, not even started on the scenery.
Getting twitchy, need to make something but I've run out of kids that want
toy soldier sets and scenery.
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