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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #60 on: June 02, 2020, 05:09:28 PM »
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That would be the plan.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #61 on: June 02, 2020, 05:35:52 PM »
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Plot it out full size on a piece of paper or cardboard. Add in all the details you'll be including and see if you like it  :)

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #62 on: June 02, 2020, 08:34:18 PM »
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After some more thoughts, I'm almost certain that this will be a Z scale project.

What do you think?

Shouldn't be a compromise provided you put enough care into it.
http://www.davidksmith.com/modeling/layouts/JamesRiverBranch/index.htm

My personal apprehension with Z is that it feels like you end up taking all the pros and cons of N scale and amplifying them by a bit.
And with the general curmudgeoning out of the way,would the provided trackplan translate %100 with commercial products?  I remember when I tried dabbling in Z that it was a bit tricky finding commercial track systems that both looked good and had a decent selection of Turnouts and crossovers.
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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #63 on: June 03, 2020, 05:46:09 PM »
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All valid points here and I think that's the reason why I'm almost certain, not completly.
I'd say the availability of track is not a big issue anymore since Atlas entered the Z market and I have a source who's doing commissions.
Structures are a big issue. I think there is not much available and kitbashing nearly all the structures is not my cup of tea.

So yeah, I remain a bit uncertain.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #64 on: June 03, 2020, 08:07:03 PM »
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I think there is not much available and kitbashing nearly all the structures is not my cup of tea.

This alone should take Z out of the running.
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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #65 on: June 03, 2020, 09:07:34 PM »
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How important are ore cars? Hard enough in N scale, not sure if anything is availble/practical in Z.
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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #66 on: June 03, 2020, 10:39:55 PM »
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How important are ore cars? Hard enough in N scale, not sure if anything is availble/practical in Z.

There are (or at least were) some Michigan style ore cars on Shapeways in N scale.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #67 on: June 04, 2020, 08:37:20 AM »
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How important are ore cars? Hard enough in N scale, not sure if anything is availble/practical in Z.

As Jason pointed out, there are ore cars available on shapeways. Also in Z scale! They are claimed to be DM&IR type cars.

https://www.shapeways.com/product/NEJTKDDET/dmir-ore-car-u31-zscale?optionId=42944545&li=marketplace

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #68 on: June 04, 2020, 08:40:17 AM »
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This alone should take Z out of the running.

I think you are right. It helps to talk and sleep about it.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #69 on: June 05, 2020, 06:57:43 AM »
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Looking again at this photo, I was wondering if there might have been a connection between the CNW and SOO.



Or is it just a dirt track....
What do you think?

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #70 on: June 05, 2020, 08:50:24 AM »
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Can't really tell from google earth but it looks like it might have been a service road. Or something like that.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2020, 01:04:28 PM »
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Looks like it was connected at one time.

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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2020, 01:05:31 PM »
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Looks like it was connected at one time.

Agreed.
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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #73 on: June 07, 2020, 08:33:48 AM »
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Taking into account of the above, I expanded the plan a bit  to show how all the tracks move on into their directions.
Of course this is all condensed.

Now it's time to cut this all up. I think an irregual star for the junction would work best. The connection of the CNW and SOO might be the idea for a second module.



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Re: Another layout - thinking process
« Reply #74 on: June 07, 2020, 08:44:11 AM »
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Here is an Anyrail 3D view of the junction.
I think it turned out quite well.



Thanks to all for your input so far.  :)

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