Originally Posted by tommy24a
Is this what you mean traction? Am 8 missing an led at the bottom?
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Yes, your latest re-draw, above, deletes the four turnouts I suggested. You don't have any LEDs on the string of turnouts that form the ladder. I suggest putting one near the top and another on the bottom, ends of the turnout string (which is the actual "ladder.") Without them, what would indicate that those
top and bottom turnouts were set for the ladder?
I can understand about saving money. That's one of the reasons I make my own turnouts, for $5 ea. instead of buying ready-made turnouts for $25-$30 ea. There is a catch though. You save lots of money, but have to invest lots more time. The first part of the top attached file gives a detailed breakdown of the cost of materials, and tells you what tools you would need. The rest of it is a step-by-step description of how to do it. I don't know what your time/money situation is, or whether you have any interest in making turnouts, rather than buying. With 20 turnouts, that would save about $400-$600.
I think your layout will be much more fun to operate with at least one more passing siding. That will mean re-locating, rather than saving the cost of, two turnouts but, in my opinion, it would be worth it.
The other file below talks about saving money on model railroad items in general.
I have a question about your track plan. There is a nice loop in the center, that does a lot to extend your main line. I don't understand the very close proximity between the two curved tracks at the bottom of the loop. I would think the possibility of fitting some scenery between these tracks would help with the illusion that the train is actually traveling to a far away destination, rather than obviously doubling back to where it just came from. I would treat the two sides of that loop as separate scenes, with a double-sided backdrop between them. Perhaps two separate towns where the trains stop at stations and/or serve industries. Either, (or both) of these scenes would be a good location for that/(those) passing siding(s) I recommended.
Another question concerns the right side of your track plan. There are a lot of "spurs" (sidings with a turnout at only one end.) over in that area. What was your intended reason for these spurs? (I see this spot as another place where some turnouts might be saved.
Your choice of course.
How I scratch build turnouts new(8).pdf
MODEL RAILROADING ON A BUDGET.pdf