Jump to content

posneg6

Help with new layout design - Railmodeller Pro

Recommended Posts

Hi I hope this is the right place for this question, I am about to buy Railmodeller Pro and wondered if it's possible to import a CJ freezer design into it? if so how? thanks all.

layout plan 64.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I don't know the RMPro package, but I can't imagine any way a line drawing could be converted into discrete bits of track selected from a library, even if the turnouts CJF used happened to match any known brand of track.  It might perhaps be possible to import the picture and try to lay track on top of it, which would probably prove that the more complicated combinations of turnouts need more space, using currently available items, than he allowed for.  If anyone can pull this trick off, it'll be @Harlequin - all yours Phil!!

Edited by Chimer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I don't know the capabilities of RailModeller Pro, either!

If it can load an image as a background and set it's size accurately you might be able to lay parts on top and get a reasonable match. But note that this plan has been divided in two by the book spine and so the two halves would have to be carefully aligned.

 

Probably better to use RMPro to create a new design from scratch, of the size of the space you actually have available (!), and then copy this plan into it bit by bit.

 

This is "Sanditon" from the PSL Book of Model Railway Track Plans, published 1988, when we should be able to assume CJF was using Streamline or Settrack geometry for his OO designs. (He talks about using special 12° and 22.5° set squares in the final chapter which would support that.)

Min radius 600mm and grid spacing 300mm.

There are 3 levels of track crossing each other on the left hand side and even the turntable has two separate levels of track running beneath it!

I think the steepest gradient would be about 1 in 35 and that should be just about fine for his stated train length of 4 coaches.

 

So it all hangs together as a do-able plan today, I think.

 

Edited by Harlequin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You'd need a lot more aisle space to make that plan useable with the 3+ operators I'd guess it would need to be used to it's maximum.

 

But it would probably have a lot to offer if you were all slim and social distancing is not required :)

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is possible to put an image into Railmodeller Pro. The package will not add the track automatically, but you can place track over the image. I have just quickly tried it with your image, and it appears that the points are approximately Peco Medium radius. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The general track work does seem possible. A couple of minor tweaks will be required, but I have just put it together (roughly) in Railmodeller. 

To import the image you go to the file menu, here there is an option of add image. This image can then be resized as required. 

 

Screenshot_2020-07-27_at_13_57_32.png.72c686cd4a598c6e33ccde802d94d4d3.png

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A bit of an eye-bender this. It turns out that there is no continuous running capability on this plan, as far as i can see, which is a lot of layout to have no loop at all. One could be introduced fairly easily but what the operational consequences would be I have no idea

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There's a looped figure 8 via both through stations and a circuit through the station middle left that I can see.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.