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I was reading in Railroad Model Craftsman about a ladder track system in yards.
Anyone used this design?
 

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I have two ladder track yards, each has 6 spurs.

I use the diode matrix system to control the turnouts.
You press one button in the intended spur and all
points are set for a clear route to it. I use twin coil
turnout motors. It sounds complex but is very
simple to set up. Just a typical barrier terminal strip
and several diodes.

Don
 

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Ladder track

I was reading in Railroad Model Craftsman about a ladder track system in yards.
Anyone used this design?
flyerrich;

Do you mean the compressed ladder track turnouts recently released in HO-scale by Micro Engineering? If so, I have not used them because they're only available in HO-scale, and I model in N-scale. The purpose of the M-E yard ladder is to reduce the overall length of the ladder by about one turnout length for a six-track yard. I did scratchbuild an N-scale compressed length ladder track though, and I'm in the process of building a second one. I use DC motors to control the turnouts, instead of the twin-coil type DonR uses. The DC motors can also be operated in "route control" where one electric rotary switch sets all the points to a selected route at once.

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