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Old 08-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #31
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looks like this will be a fun layout.

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If I do my homework I can figure how to make the trolleys stop at certain points. If I were to run 3 different tracks which would be the best way to run them? 3 different transformers?
some one else will probaly know where, but i remember seeing a trolly set up (on here?) that used an auto reverser, as it was a small scene in the over all layout. maybe you could set up one of the trolly lines like that while your manually running the others.

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Old 08-28-2011, 03:31 AM   #32
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I did a Trolly on one of my full room layouts. It had 2 stops and it was totally automated. Here are a few pics.















I used an autoreverser with photosensors. This worked great in the daylight but I could not run the trolly in the dark. If I had used infrareds I could have ran the trolly any time.

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Old 09-02-2011, 12:35 AM   #33
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Have you considered your overhead system. I just got a vintage Pennsylvania Scale Models overhead wiring system for my pike. and you really can electrify your road like the real thing. My Bowser is wired up to use overhead wiring, and I actualy fancy that a whole lot better than standard feeds for HO!!! Ofcource, wire for show is okay too, but how fun would it be to run your trolley's like real ones???
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:34 AM   #34
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Have you considered your overhead system. I just got a vintage Pennsylvania Scale Models overhead wiring system for my pike. and you really can electrify your road like the real thing. My Bowser is wired up to use overhead wiring, and I actualy fancy that a whole lot better than standard feeds for HO!!! Ofcource, wire for show is okay too, but how fun would it be to run your trolley's like real ones???
How much experience should one have in the hobby before tackling a project such as this?
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:51 AM   #35
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I use a timer for my reverse. I was never excited about photo sensors. Recently another method of detection has been used. I just haven't fully researched it yet. The optoisolator occupancy detector. It senses curent flow in the track section.

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Old 09-12-2011, 08:22 AM   #36
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Hmm T-Man, bad link. You somehow linked a reply.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:30 AM   #37
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My Bachmann Spectrum DCC Birney does 4-inch radius quite nicely. I suspect it will do 3-inch curves, but can't get the flextrack to bend that low.
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:45 PM   #38
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Old thread; any updates?

I've had HO layouts on as small as 18" x 60". With three loops inside. Trolley and 0-4-0 switcher action. Always interested in seeing tight-radius layouts.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:14 PM   #39
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Thanks for your input. I realize that the design will need some tweaking. I am not expert enough to get Xtrkcad to do exactly what I want. At your suggestion I have downloaded Anyrail and will spend some time getting to know how it works.

I am thinking that I would be better served with an N scale layout if I just have 3.5' by 5.5' to work with but I already bought a couple of HO scale trolleys and I really love some of the buildings available in HO scale.

Thanks for your input.
Subway Fugitive (aka Doug Berman?)

The same trolleys and many of the same buildings, are available in N-scale too. I like your idea of long narrow modules. That should give the trolleys a longer run, and the layout a more realistic look, also better access. If you plan on building overhead for your trolleys, I bought some phosphor bronze .013" "Artistic wire" on Amazon. It makes very nice N-scale catenary for my Milwaukee Road layout.

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Sorry TF, looks like you may never get a reply to that. The last time Subway Fugitive was on was three years ago.
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