First layout finally

EugeneS Feb 8, 2020

  1. EugeneS

    EugeneS New Member

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    Hello all. I'm finally getting going on my layout after a lot looking around and nearly loosing interest. I went through about 3 layout designs before deciding to settle on a more simple, modified amherst layout. I still havn't decided what type of scenery I want to do. The bottom side will give me the option to add other HCD layouts that I may build in the future. I'm going to be running it with a DCC system. The yard section turnouts will be manually switched. I'm having trouble figuring out where I should put the power feeders so that I won't have dead spots around the turnouts. I would love the input. Thanks
     

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  2. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

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    It's Unitrack. Track power feeds every 3-4 sections would be more then enough. The turnouts are power feeding...whichever direction the switch is routed will be feed from the point rails. My THERR has been running flawlessly this way for 8+years !

    Just for a reference....my hanging HCD layout only had ONE power feed for rhe whole thing. ;)

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  3. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    Looks like a good start!
     
  4. EugeneS

    EugeneS New Member

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    Very nice layout. I hope to something similar with two or three door modules. We will see where this goes. I'm having fun with it. It'll get better once Everything is up and running.
     
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  5. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Looks like a fun start! Looking forward to seeing more!
     
  6. NorsemanJack

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    Is that Unitrack double crossover power routing? I recall there being gaps in all routes. If so, you'll want to have power feeds on both sides of it.
     
  7. EugeneS

    EugeneS New Member

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    From what I understand, the double crossover is not power routing. I'm going to be having feeder wires on both ends.
     
  8. EugeneS

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    I made some more adjustments to the layout today. I swear, ideas just jump into my head and I go for it. This should be "the last" adjustment. I put all the turnouts to the bottom then moved the one turnout down the line to be able to have a larger yard. I hope this should work. I'll be able to run at least 2 trains on it. IMG_8716.JPG IMG_8716.JPG
     
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  9. NorsemanJack

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    Not sure if your budget or material availability allows it, but I would add about four more inches of extruded foam to that. It will allow for significant added opportunity for scenic details, especially around those bridges. You also might consider adding some bridges to create a greater span. Also, a diagonal panel from top left to bottom right would create a two sided layout with opportunity for backdrops on each side. I had an 8' x 3' Unitrack like that once upon a time, and it was really a nice set up.
     
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