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12-09-20-1800 New inner layout - added run-arounds - overview

My son pointed out that I had to add in Run-Around sidings and shunting operations so that the position of the cog loco can be changed around the consist. This should also add considerable interest to viewers of the layout in a Show situation. A rural train or railbus can operate around the Mountain Loop with the cog rail train appearing and leaving on its way up or down the mountains.
This plan now has the same Run-around sidings and platforms appearing at the Branch Line, Mountain Top and Fishing Port Stations.

Notice also that I finally worked out how to use the options to designate tracks as Main and sub=ordinate lines by making the lines thick, medium or thin. I think it adds to the readability of the layouts.

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12-09-20-1800 New inner layout - added run-arounds - detailed view

My son pointed out that I had to add in Run-Around sidings and shunting operations so that the position of the cog loco can be changed around the consist. This should also add considerable interest to viewers of the layout in a Show situation. A rural train or railbus can operate around the Mountain Loop with the cog rail train appearing and leaving on its way up or down the mountains.
This plan now has the same Run-around sidings and platforms appearing at the Branch Line, Mountain Top and Fishing Port Stations.

Notice also that I finally worked out how to use the options to designate tracks as Main and sub=ordinate lines by making the lines thick, medium or thin. I think it adds to the readability of the layouts.

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12-09-20-1400 New inner layout - detailed view

I felt that I had explored the previous plan adequately and come up with what might be a workable design so I wanted to explore an idea first looked at in 2011 where there is a loop for the Mountain line. I copied the loop from the older file and then rebuilt it to suit the new plan. Straight away I saw an opportunity to provide a sort-of loop operation whereby the cog train can arrive at the Fishing Port and then leave through a tunnel to end up on the other side at the Branch Line Station. This cuts out the Mountain sidings and Timber Line but should also add considerable interest to viewers of the layout in a Show situation. A rural train or railbus can operate around the Mountain Loop with the cog rail train appearing and leaving on its way up or down the mountains.

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12-09-20-1400 New inner layout - detailed view

I felt that I had explored the previous plan adequately and come up with what might be a workable design so I wanted to explore an idea first looked at in 2011 where there is a loop for the Mountain line. I copied the loop from the older file and then rebuilt it to suit the new plan. Straight away I saw an opportunity to provide a sort-of loop operation whereby the cog train can arrive at the Fishing Port and then leave through a tunnel to end up on the other side at the Branch Line Station. This cuts out the Mountain sidings and Timber Line but should also add considerable interest to viewers of the layout in a Show situation. A rural train or railbus can operate around the Mountain Loop with the cog rail train appearing and leaving on its way up or down the mountains.

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12-09-05 reduced elevations on fishing line tunnel Overview

I reduced elevations on the Fishing Line tunnel as I found that I had been allocating the Main Line Clearances of 58mm where the rack-rail locos only required around 48mm for clearance. That left me with more elevation to play around with and not such a steep grade.

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12-09-05 reduced elevations on fishing line tunnel detailed view

I reduced elevations on the Fishing Line tunnel as I found that I had been allocating the Main Line Clearances of 58mm where the rack-rail locos only required around 48mm for clearance. That left me with more elevation to play around with and not such a steep grade.

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12-09-02
(Only showing external edges and no dimensions)

Quite a few changes since my last Update. I found that there wasn't enough room for cuttings and banks so I removed all but the essential lines and sidings. I have set in a mainline crossover on the cliffs above the Fishing Port. I have also had to change from using TOMIX R140-30 turnouts as my Fleischmann rollingstock are too deep in the wheel flanges to be safe rolling over the turnout frogs (see below). The small turnouts are all to be PECO ST5 or ST6 (R223mm).

(I found that the TOMIX R140-30 turnout frogs are 0.64mm below the rail. The Fleischmann rollingstock has flange depths of around 0.68mm. That is one reason behind why they tend to derail when rolling through these turnouts. Another reason could be the sharp radius.
Generally my KATO and other Japanese brands have wheel flanges around 0.35mm to 0.45mm so they can travel over the TOMIX turnouts without a problem.
Generally my KATO and other brands of track are around 1mm up to 0.85mm below the rail so they don't cause any problem to the Fleischmann rollingstock.)

Disclaimer - the above is just my personal opinion based solely on the tracks and rollingstock available to me. Please make your own investigations and come up with your own conclusions.

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12-09-02
(showing all module edges and dimensions)

Quite a few changes since my last Update. I found that there wasn't enough room for cuttings and banks so I removed all but the essential lines and sidings. I have set in a mainline crossover on the cliffs above the Fishing Port. I have also had to change from using TOMIX R140-30 turnouts as my Fleischmann rollingstock are too deep in the wheel flanges to be safe rolling over the turnout frogs (see below). The small turnouts are all to be PECO ST5 or ST6 (R223mm).

(I found that the TOMIX R140-30 turnout frogs are 0.64mm below the rail. The Fleischmann rollingstock has flange depths of around 0.68mm. That is one reason behind why they tend to derail when rolling through these turnouts. Another reason could be the sharp radius.
Generally my KATO and other Japanese brands have wheel flanges around 0.35mm to 0.45mm so they can travel over the TOMIX turnouts without a problem.
Generally my KATO and other brands of track are around 1mm up to 0.85mm below the rail so they don't cause any problem to the Fleischmann rollingstock.)

Disclaimer - the above is just my personal opinion based solely on the tracks and rollingstock available to me. Please make your own investigations and come up with your own conclusions.

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12-06-24
Main change has been the ladder in to the yard from the main. It has been rebuilt with the Tomix 140-30 Mini Turnouts/Points/Switches. There isn't any way/room to structure the points so that traffic from the main can enter the stubs so all traffic would have to come through into the Branch then push back onto the various stubs. The double track engine shed is from Greenmax and came from their Economy Pack 804. Same shed is available through their #19 kit where it is doubled and provided with fixed doors. There is still a little site office to be added to the structure so that will have to fit to either the top side or the rear of the shed. The shed requires the tracks to be 30mm apart. Also with that set is a work train and a car washer facility. This will probably go on the Freight siding though it might be on the top entry line into the shed.

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12-06-24
This is my latest plan showing a large layout with most of the modules able to plug directly into standard T-TRAK modules (that are running the alternative spacing 33mm).
The measurements are shown in cm (Centimetres). Data shown inside a box will be indicating the height/elevation at that point. Grades are showing as a percentage and the arrow indicates if it is an up-grade or down-grade.
The pinkish tracks are for the Fleischmann N Rack track pieces #9110. These are 222mm long, sort of flexible and they have a centre rack that a cog wheel on the locos locks into and drives the loco without slipping. Using this scheme the locos are said to be able to handle grades of up to 25%.

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