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    • July 14, 2017 8:15 PM EDT
      • Chaco, Paraguay
         
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      nice!

      and remarcably smooth.

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    • August 8, 2017 2:24 AM EDT
      • Seattle, Washington
         
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      I realize I have not posted much in a while. Been quite busy. The train shed is nearly completely and ready to house the trains. I began working on phase 2 of the railroad, while also planning a phase 3. I now have finished the plans, at  least as far as I will take the track this year.  I don't see myself adding much more beyond what you will see here due to no more yard space/reachable areas.

       

      The attached image shows the phases I will be finishing this up in. The first phase, which was time lapsed here is in red, though parts of it were reworked for phase 2.  The phases go up from there by colors of the rainbow.

       

      SCARM estimates about 700 feet of track in total when I am done.

       

      If you were to create a circuit diagram, or unfold the dog bones for this layout you'll see its 2 circles, with a double cross over connecting the two circles. There are a few sidings, and the entire rail yard.  

       

      If I just want to have a train running for display and maximizing both viewership and track coverage, I can flip the double cross over and it will travel most of both loops. 

       

      If I want to run two trains simultaneously I can leave the double cross over straight and run one train on the original red line, and a second one on the blue line. 

       

      The track that cuts across the yard in the middle will be only about 6 to 8 inches off the ground.  I will end up raising the earth up there like a hill or ramp so I can easily push my lawn mower over it to cut the grass. It will also facilitate walking.  Course this could be subject to change once the track is installed.

       

      Steepest grade is 4%.  Clearance for all tracks crossing above/below is 12 inches.

      This post was edited by Nicolas Teeuwen at August 8, 2017 2:32 AM EDT
    • August 21, 2017 6:28 PM EDT
      • Seattle, Washington
         
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      Rethinking the grades based on searches on this site. I tried my engines out on a test setup with a 4% grade and 5 cars, with extra weights and it still seemed to go up just fine. Going to reduce the grades to 3% though as the grades are on curves.

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