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Old 10-06-2009, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK between 3 forums and 2 hobby shops I have my answers, yes 15"radius is OK and yes 4% is OK as long as I dont couple 15 cars to my engine! but yesterday sealed to deal, I won on Evil-bay a 0-4-0 gas mechanical for the whoping high price of $13 !!!


I now plan to pick up a 2-6-0 I have been eyeing at the LHS. Now comes the serious planning, I have a track plan (when have you ever know me not to have a track plan ) and will be selling off a sizable chunk (but never all of it) of my oversized large scale roster to finance this new venture. Due to the very small area I'll be working with, I have to research whether traditional track power or DCC would work best for my limited planned roster. So far traditional is winning just financially, and some research into this "geodesic foam" scenery technic Tom Miller used on his indoor 1/20 layout.

To do this I am abandoning my 4x6 portable large scale layout and will use it as the basis for this layout, the 3' pizza will remain just as it is, a standalone layout. I just can't do what I really want to do in that small an area in large scale, it just doesnt satisfy me. plus everytime I open a copy of the gazette, see a layout or something I really really like, its almost always On30, so I'm going to give it a whirl. The plan:

http://gold.mylargescale.com/vsmith...l_On30.pdf

Based on the Yosemite Valley RR, it will be called the Yosemite Central and will be a more or less modern narrow gauge tourist line going right to the park, well as close as I can make it look. its a very vertical layout, with the top capped my models of the Yosemite lodges, El Capitan and Half Dome, or as best I can render them. Its going to be a compressed viewpoint of course but it should be rather alot more fun compared to the roundy circle I'm currently restricted to.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like you'll have your hands full!

Might want to stick an Armstrong turntable there in the valley off the Yosemite Sta. track...

Are you gonna do some tests before committing to 15"r?

Of course keep us plied with pics...
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I'll be testing different radius and grade combos, build a little torture track on the base before I begin major construction, did the same thing for the old garage layout. Everything I've read says given my very short consists I should be good with 18" R on the 4% grade with the Mogul. I've been reading stuff from the On30 Conspirecy members and the mogul is supposeldy good down to an insane 12" R, my 15"R will be dead flat all the turnouts will be code 100 #4's so track shouldnt be a problem. The biggest question I had that the LHS guys couldnt answer was whether a coupler could be mounted to the Mogul pilot so I could doublehead a consist up the grade!
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Picked up this and a coach from the LHS. Time to set up the torture test rack :P
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I love it Vic. How much more action could you possible get on 4 x 6?
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Hi Bob, I'm working on instead of the 6" wide fiddle yard, using a 12" shelving plank to gain a real yard and maybe even a small engine facility.
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updated plan showing new yard
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... will be selling off a sizable chunk (but never all of it) of my oversized large scale roster to finance this new venture ...

What does this chunk of nominal halfinch roster look like - if you've made that decision yet?

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Updated track plan, revised yard again, works far better for the slot in the garage I have for this layout. No building till I finish the portable.
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