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question: How will you control turnouts?
Master Dispatcher panel?
Point of use, controls at fascia or hand control at tracks?
think you said this will be N or HO, so I would suggest using
power routing at turnouts with quite a lead before you get to
the frog. That way you won't be derailing at points thrown
against the train. On Jim's layout we used power routing to
also control signals, not prototypical, but useful.
On 3/3/2019 10:01 AM, Tom G. via
The purpose of the layout is to run trains with my 7 year old
and get him building different pieces. Not as structured as
some. Being able to run multiple trains and for him to play in
different sections. Thanks for the link!
My first question is: What is the purpose of
your layout, how do you plan to operate? Run trains,
switching, scenery, etc.
Plus NMRA has a special interest group that
plans layouts, you might look them up.
On 3/2/2019 6:58 PM, Tom G. via
Were you able to view the image? I’ll attach it here
in case. My intent isn’t to purposefully create reverse
loops. I think by design I’m creating them
inadvertently. I haven’t decided yet if I should alter
the layout to avoid them. Aside from the extra cost it
seems fairly simple? Thanks for the tip about the train
fully fitting in the loop. I’m aware from another post
but I will make sure. Thank you!
On Mar 2, 2019, at 11:11 AM, Tom O Hara via Groups.Io
Reverse loops can definitely be a problem, and
I have seen reverse loops inside of reverse loops.
Real problems! You'll probably solve this with
auto-reversers, but you just have to make very
certain that you aren't shorting between the
rails. That means, in general, that you need your
entire train inside the section that's reversing.
There are exceptions, but it is a good rule to
work with. It would help if you could publish a
picture of your layout plan that some of us could
study a bit.