Layout

Post Xmas Mod - Track and Road Bed

Well, the track and roadbed are in and operational. Trains are running, but geomorphology and scenicing still needed.
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Where's Nick when I need some foam carved? :-)
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The new double track bridges and makeshift support. We'll get to that "later".
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A bit abrupt and steps, but workable.
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Double track on the grade hidden behind Kragle.
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Post Christmas Mods

So,…
The objectives are to change the "around the mountain twice" route, by separating the mountain loop into two separate routes, a "high route" and a "middle route", in an attempt to reduce the "merry-go-round" feel . In the process, add a larger diameter curve (for drama), and maybe (eventually) double track the "upper and middle main". Which would really just create a larger whole layout loop incorporating the upper and middle.

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Test fit of the double main 315 & 282. Should work/fit.


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Existing over/under merry-go-round trackage. But I did like the canyon.

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Existing station and mainline tracks.
Actually (from left to right: local freight route, station tracks, "upper" main station bypass , local freight into lower main, lower main/lower main (return/reverse loop), yard entrance, and upper main.


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Cut through the mountain, removed the canyon track.
Test fit the new "middle route" track, and not quite sweeping curve.

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Finally found a use for the shaper sheets (I think).
Intent is to have a rolling hillside look.
Gonna be pretty tight to accomplish that.

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Weights are to hold the shaper sheets down during gluing.
Sweeping curve, not quite there yet. Its going to have to cross over one or more of the lower tracks. Bridge or tunnel? Probably depend on the radius I can get.


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Another test fit on the sweeping curve. Too close to middle and upper routes to have a hillside, but I like the sweep. 481mm 15* curves with 29mm straights.

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Got the sweeper laid out enough to glue the risers. The Mainline behind the station now has a sweeping curve and a long gentle decline from the high route. It's really a combination of a 318/481 section, 1/2 straight into a greater than 481 section, another 1/2 straight, and a final greater than 481 into the mainline straight. A compromise.
And its still going to be very tight for scenery.

New Kragle



Round 2


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Building New Kragle

Tinkering with New Kragle Options


Basics


1. Separate the station from "downtown".
2. Keep the city silhouette backdrop in a Bellinadrop approach.
3. Incorporate a mirror.
4. Road/street based structure.
5. Districts: Downtown, skid row, Wharehouse/factory, Industry.
6. Removable, for service, modules.

Round 1




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Some Minor Expansion


Before & In-Progress
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Feb 2015 Track Update

Well, with the major scenicking update more or less done, it must be time to tweak the track plans,…

Gfx_Sacto ops Feb 2015

Got tired of cleaning the local freight track, so decided to make it a loop so the trains can polish the rails with their traffic. Well thats the plan. ;-)
Added a double crossover wher the local/yard line connected to the lower main west of the river. Repurposing the two #6 turnouts to replace the crapy #4's in the local line. Extended the local line from Kragle, through the incline, and connecting to the local/yard line before the tunnel, thus making a third loop. This freed up another #6 which provides acess to two new industry spurs inside the lower main loopback.
  1. Mountain Loop
  2. Upper Main Loop
  3. Lower Main Loop
  4. Local Loop

B, C & D can be run as one.
B & C can be run as one.
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C & D can be run as one.