T Trak double module track questions

beast5420 Oct 31, 2023

  1. beast5420

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    Afternoon everyone. I had a question. I was looking at making a double T Trak (N scale), and was wanting a siding coming off of the back track. Can anyone tell me what track pieces I need to make the remaining length of the straight? Also, if I go with a parallel track, what would I need for the diverent route to make it come out even to run to the next module? I'm wanting to use the Kato #6. I am sure this is out in internet land or on this forum somewhere, but I'm coming up empty handed. Thanks!
     
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  3. country joe

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    If you are replacing a 248 mm full length straight section you would use a #6 switch and a 62 mm straight section.

    Any 15 degree curve will make the siding parallel to the mainline. A 718 mm curve matches the #6 switch.
     
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    That adds up! Thank you! I had not looked at going to that large of a radius on the diverging line. I appreciate the help! I will download that pdf file. That looks to be handy.
     
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  5. Massey

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    I don’t have the track pieces listed out, but this took no modified pieces to make. I will say tho, having 2 #6 turnouts opposed on a double will not make for a good siding. I have a triple that goes in the middle of mine, and that works ok. See the last pic to get an idea of the size of trains I can park on it.

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    What I had planned was to have 2 double modules that were mirrored. I've attached what I pieced together for the one module. The other would likely be a mirror of it
     

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    That will work. If you have the room you could build a module with the 3 tracks to lengthen the siding.
     
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    ok, this leads me to the next question in building this. for the turnout, if i want to have a switch operate it, how would i drive the movement? tortise switch motor? i did some playing in anyrail (finally got it downloaded). here's what i had for 3 doubles.
     

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  9. Massey

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    Kato switches have a built in switch motor so you don’t have to add one underneath. They can be thrown with a DS64 or the like or a push button. There are plenty of resources on YouTube and what not on how to wire the switch motors. They can also be thrown by hand with the little lever on the switch.

    Also the Kato #6 is power routing so when both are aligned to the main the branch is not powered. Great for storing locomotives.
     
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    awesome! thanks a bunch! i've been out of the hobby for almost 15 years so a lot has changed and my memory of the terminology is pretty rusty. thanks again!
     
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