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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2019, 12:32:42 PM »
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Yeah as long as you aren't attempting to run a brass super steamer on your switching layout #5s should be fine. I have #5s on my home layout at some crossovers and even my DD40x,Baldwin Centipede, and shudder scale passenger cars, go over them without issue.
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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2019, 07:31:43 PM »
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Since you have the width, the plan would look more interesting if you put the track at diagonal across the HCD instead of parallel to the edges. Another option would be to put a couple industries not parallel with the main tracks so the spurs have to curve to reach them . Many times spurs will branch off to access a warehouse that is perpendicular to the track or at 60+ degree angle - this would also work well if the track is not centered on the HCD. Another possibility is to put the whole scene through a gentle curve.
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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2019, 11:59:45 AM »
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Well after much thinking, I've decided to switch things up.  So this is what I have right now...



For starters, I'm tired of modeling a runaround track on my layout.  My vision at the moment is to model a segment of an industrial track and include a future extension with another HCD that can include a runaround in the future.  Modeling an industrial spur with warehouses is something that I'm trying to capture and all of the turnouts are facing the same direction.  I have plenty of cabooses that I could utilize for shoving platforms.  Next, I'm ready to start laying laying Code 55 track when I noticed this....



Which Code 55 Atlas turnout would be compatible with the True-Track turnout?  Well, it might be a few weeks before I post any progress, but at least I've got some operations that I can enjoy in the mean time..




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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2019, 06:26:20 PM »
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It's been awhile since I last updated my progress as it's taking a little longer with regards to finding the time to move on to the next step in completing this layout.  In the meantime, I've been fortunate to find time to run some trains, and I've changed the track plan again.



After listening to the feedback given, I felt that having the track run straight across the door looked boring.   I decided to curve the track on the right hand side of the door, and it definitely makes a postive appearance on the layout.  I wanted to make certain that I had enough room to switch the industries on that side of the door, and it works out fine.  Now it's time to redo my track plan with Code 55 track or decide to stick with Code 65 True Track and keep on operating when I have the time each week.



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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2019, 01:16:15 PM »
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Before you fasten your track & buildings down, do yourself a big favor and glue a sheet of at least 1 inch foam to the top of the hollow core door. This will allow you to carve some below grade drainage contours and ditches into the foam to break up the flat, featureless look of a typical plywood layout.

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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2019, 11:34:11 PM »
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and I've changed the track plan again.

What!!! YOU CAN'T JUST CHANGE THE TRACK PLAN, WILLY NILLY, EVERY TIME YOU GET SOME HALF BAKED IDEA!!!  THERE ARE THINGS TO CONSIDER, COMMITTEES TO BE FORMED, STUDIES TO BE CONDUCTED... Wah... Hey that looks pretty good.  Harmuph! Very well carry on, but just know we're keeping an eye on you.  :D

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Re: 1970s-1980s HCD Layout
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2019, 11:51:46 PM »
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I actually liked your original plan.
 Maybe as mentioned before, not parallel to the front
but I think you got more flexibility with the runaround track and the double ends,  to park cars while you picked up others, making it more operational so to speak
The new one I feel is also very bare and spread out,  reminds me of a tree limb.   
But please dont take that the wrong way, cuz its your layout and what you like.
Big thing--- Have Fun
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