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Jeff thank you so much! This will become invaluable to me when I get to that stage. And I'm sure I'll have more questions for you on this subject in the futureWhen printing 1:1, be sure to check a pre-known piece for length. So if a piece is supposed to be 9.25 inches long, print the page that piece is on, and measure the piece. I ran into issues where Adobe was compressing the print size. I wasted a lot of paper until I figured that out.
Regarding tracing ... I did my layout on foam. I just took a pencil and gauged the centerline of the track, taking care to mark key junction points like the location of turnouts, and other key geometric pieces like crossings and bridge abutments. I used a sharpie to make marks where those key pieces started and stopped, then just made a gouge a long the centerline.
Then I used the sharpie to trace the centerline. Laying cork roadbed is pretty simple when you have a traced centerline to follow. You can even deviate a bit here and there, and hoc.