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Thanks. Sadly my scenery does not have a continuous loop of road anywhere to retrofit this. Maybe a separate car layout a bit like triang minic but true to scale with Oxford diecasts etc?

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Mine is actually a long dog bone oval of magnorail which is at the front of the layout providing a single road with two-way traffic. Magnorail is probably better suited to that than the Faller system is.

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Would love to see if anyone could get a Scammell Scarab working using this system. I've seen it achieved on this site using Faller System and even a RC version, but with my limited modelling skills this looks a much easier option.

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Would love to see if anyone could get a Scammell Scarab working using this system. I've seen it achieved on this site using Faller System and even a RC version, but with my limited modelling skills this looks a much easier option.

Having watched that excellent video, I think motorising any vehicle is doable, you just need to accept the limitilations compared to the faller or RC options. Magnorail looks great for the right layout, sadly mine will always be too small for this or the Faller system.

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Rob is right, any vehicle is possible with magnorail as all the moving parts are below the road surface. You just need any model vehicle with rolling wheels and space to fit a (small) magnet underneath. My bus and taxi are just off the shelf models with the magnet fixed underneath and off they went....

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Whats the minimum radius of the return loop Colin?

 

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Phil

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If anybody is concerned about the vehicles turning in view you could have the return loop as a roundabout with straight on closed with cones and a diversion! So long as one side goes off stage...

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Whats the minimum radius of the return loop Colin?

 

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Phil

Hi Phil. Strictly off scene you can use a turning cog bought from magnorail which is 7cm diameter. I "surfaced" that area with clear smooth acetate to allow the vehicles to "skid" round very unrealistically. You still get the odd occurrence of vehicles' resistance causing the magnets to sepearte but its no big deal, just mate them up on the next lap. The clear section is also useful in aligning the vehicle magnet with the track magnet.

 

https://www.avtproducts.com/a-53703950/magnorail-uitbreidingen/dubbele-keerlus-blauwe-lijn/

 

HTH

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Thanks Colin - very tempted for the next version of Abbotswood

 

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Thanks Colin - very tempted for the next version of Abbotswood

 

Phil

All I would say Phil is that you will need to think carefully about baseboard joints on the magnorail plastic chain. There are possibilites but not easy for a portable layout. Could you accommodate a long thin board with just the road on it perhaps?

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Would I be right in that as this is a continuous chain, it cannot cross baseboard joints?

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You would be right, yes. It is user assembed and can therefore be broken occasionally. Mine crosses a baseboard joint but it's a home layout not for frequent dismantling. That's why I think it would be tricky for a multi board / portable layout. How I would do it if i had to? Make an access point near the chain drive motor. When dismantling open access point, break chain and use the motor to feed the chain out. Assembly reverse of same.

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Re baseboard joints.

Assuming the links are reasonably easy to split and re-make, a bit of creativity in the placement of a zebra crossing, re-surfaced bit of road, metal plates etc as lift out sections might be a viable option?

 

Mike.

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The links can be a challenge to break and remake. To join two links they need to be at about 45 degrees to each other, which means the length of the chain is slightly shortened. I only make or break my chain at one of the 180 degrees return  wheels, where I have an access point. These wheels are about 50mm diameter, and the wheel itself is removed allowing the chain to be laid inside the original radius enough for two links to form the required 45 degree angle.  

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This system look really good.  There is an European layout where an autobahn runs alongside a canal and a railway.  It is very impressive with two lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions and I think there is a barge moving along the canal.

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Having watched the system in use a number of times, I have come to the conclusion that the most impressive things are the cyclists with their legs "operating" the pedals.

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Couple of points on splitting the chain for an exhibition layout....my advice would be don't.......

 

It's a bit of a pig of a job to re assemble the chain, you may find you end up reassembling the lot,  I took mine apart for cleaning a couple of times and basically you end up with a lot of links....it'd be a pain doing this every time.

 

Secondly if you're planning on using over joints you'll need something to smooth the sliders over this and it'll not be easy to disguise on a scenic section, I had an inspection hatch on mine and ended up using Tamiya tape to smooth the joints between road and hatch, find off stage but not easy to sort elsewhere, add in the fact that card is really the recommended road surface applying an adhesive tape could end causing more problems. 

 

Like anything else it's not impossible but it's another thing to sort out when you've bounced your layout 100 plus miles in the back of a van.

 

I think I can comment on it seeing as I've used it and bounced a layout many miles!

 

 

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Thinking about it you could actually make a ‘moving scenic display case’ for your car collection as a diorama in its own right! 

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18 hours ago, bécasse said:

Having watched the system in use a number of times, I have come to the conclusion that the most impressive things are the cyclists with their legs "operating" the pedals.

 

I tend to agree - simple but effective!

 

 

Most young visitors prefer the cyclist to the trains!

 

Tony

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