Jack's in, or "Shortliners shortline"
Posted 16 November 2009 - 21:32
Name Harlem Station (my version of the Eire Harlem Terminal Yard) Per plan on Carls site Scrapbook 91
Current size is intended to be 48" x 32" with an optional double length Peco Locolift fiddle yard to represent the carfloat
Locos - Alco Boxcabs + possible GE 44 tonner
Cars - all freight almost certainly all 40' types
Power- 12v DC
Minimum Radius - 12"
Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:45
Posted 17 November 2009 - 15:33
Thanks John - and good luck to you too. Currently struggling with how to bend a smooth 12" curve without spending about ??40 on a rail bending jig. I have Fleischmann 10" curves but they are right on the limit of the boxcabs turn radius and 12" would be better
Use a couple of Tracksettas perhaps? I know they aren't ideal but it is possible to use them to get a flowing constant radius curve with a bit of judicious pinning (of sleepers) as you go.
Posted 17 November 2009 - 18:12
Go on, Keith - you know you want to!
Posted 18 November 2009 - 15:00
The internet has helped in a big way too, enabling us on the right-hand side of the big pond to get much more information about the left-hand side than would have been available even 10 years ago. It isn't a subject covered to a great degree in the American model press - which is still focussing heavily on basement empires, rather than box-room empires!
Posted 30 November 2009 - 14:57
This is the modified trackplan. BTW If anyone wants a copy of the XTrkCad file - which is runable - to try car-switching, send me an email address.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 19:55
I had to laugh at Jack's "improved" trackplan, though... not that there's anything funny about it, but if there's one thing you just can't do, Jack, it's leave a trackplan alone.!!!
My one concern is where an uncoupling magnet would go to serve the lower set of sidings... there's a straight piece of track on the top switching lead, but at the lower side the points start right off a curve...???
Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:09
*Hand Of God
Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:07
Posted 05 December 2009 - 13:25
Yes, but unless it is precurved, the spring in the rails is going to be permanently trying to straighten it out again, and it would be better without the stress.
Jack, if you can get hold of Hornby R8090 semi-flex 1 mtr lengths....it is very stiff and when curved will stay in place ....I did join a length to itself that gave a 6" radius which if anyone is interested a OO Pug will run on quite happily ....
Regards Trevor ....
PS there are a lot of 40' boxcars coming up on ebay today ...
Posted 08 December 2009 - 16:04
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 18:00