Gathering ideas for track plans.

offshore Dec 1, 2014

  1. offshore

    offshore TrainBoard Member

    I've finally got some track to begin my N scale RR on a HCD, I have a Bachmann DD40AX DCC with sound, a starter set of Kato Unitrack V14 and a NCE Power Cab, and haven't put power to anything yet. The V14 set of tracks consists of the banked curved double track. I'm looking to expand the V14 with some switching yards, at most three locomotives and using the KISS principal. Has anyone had any experience using the V14 set of tracks? Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
  2. RedRiverRR4433

    RedRiverRR4433 TrainBoard Member


    I've never the Kato V14, but go for it and KISS. You can always modify track plans with Unitrack.:cool::cool:

  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    No experience with that set. But Unitrack is rock solid, so you'll have no troubles.
  4. Jeepy84

    Jeepy84 TrainBoard Member

    What's the radius restriction on that big mother loco? Gonna have to keep it on #6 turnouts I assume.
  5. offshore

    offshore TrainBoard Member

    Well, my HCD has been in mothballs for a long time. I'm getting the dust off the tracks and want to add another HCD to the original HCD but still keep them moveable. Has anyone had any experience with this? Which type of hardware would you use the fasten the two doors together. By the way my RR is a DCC / DC layout. When my RR is not in use I stand it up behind the door to the room.

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  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Hi offshore, can you tell me about your Kato turnout controllers? I'd have thought the controller levers would have a much more noticeable difference in position for a normal route and diverging route. Do you like these controllers? I'm thinking about what type of controller to use on my new pike which is in the planning stage. Thanks and thanks too for posting pictures of your railroad!
  7. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

    I am also a firm believer in KISS. Therefore, my two sections of layout are attached using four screen door locks. I have two of the hook and eye latches and two sliding bolts.

    The hook and eye types I was very careful to mount so that they were very tight, and hold the two sections very securely. My layout is not a hollow core type, so I was able to drill holes in the wood supports for the sliding bolts to slide into. These I made just the size of the sliding bolts. Usng a hollow core door, you'd have to find some with unusually tight recepticles for the bolts, as these are what I use to locate the two sections and keep them from sliding in relation to each other.

    It has been a while, but I think I got change back for my twelve bucks.

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