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Hi folks, I would like an evaluation of this layout. I am running DC, and using Peco insufrog turnouts. What do I need to be mindful of. After reading the layout posts am a little nervous.

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You are going to be asked what scale...HO right?
Maybe add the dimensions?

I think it looks good but what do I know.:smokin:

One thing I would change is the switch/turnout on the inside loop to the sidings.
I would put it back more by the curves, that way you can have longer sidings.
If you can't move it I would add more track to make the sidings longer.

But that is me....I would want a larger yard for them.

What are your plans for the sidings?
 

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Nice layout with plenty of activity built in.

I don't see anything to worry about. You can't do better
than the Peco Insulfrog turnouts. There is one thing
to be aware of. They are power routing, so any spur or
yard dead end track will lose power when the turnout
points are set against it. You can keep the power on by
running drops to your buss from the two frog rails.

Your drawing shows sectional track. I would suggest
that flex track will be easier to install.

Will you be running two trains at the same time?

If so you would want insulated joiners where the two ovals
are connected by the 4 crossover turnouts. Then you would
need double pole double throw switches to control the power
to each oval and from two power packs.

Don
 

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A lot of open space inside the left end of the layout. What do you plan to do with it? A town? Country scenery? Industries? If industries, you might want to add a spur from the bottom-center of the inside track to the industries -- so that you can deliver freight to them.
 

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Thank you all so much for the feed back, I knew I could count on you folks. Layout is 4x8, HO, DC. I used the Atlas track planer to get this idea. I started with Bachmann ez track because that's what came with the 2 sets of trains that I bought for my grand kids. (me being one of them) I have since switch to flex. Yes, I would like to run 2 trains at the same time. The yard has an engine house next to the inside track on the switch side as far right as I can get it. I also have the Glacier gravel kit on that side more to the bottom side of the oval. I want to use the yard to park rolling stock and have a sand and water tower to service the locos. After looking at my layout I agree I have room for maybe another spur into that space between the engine house and the Gravel company. On the left side of the oval I plan a town. The layout has a lake / river that starts near the side with the switch tracks and continues down across the layout. I have 2 bridges that cross at the bottom side of the oval. As it turns out I have to order more flex and turnouts for that extra spur. Again thank you all advice and suggestions much appreciated. I will try to post some pics as I go.
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I see that you spread out the crossover area from when I saw it. Are you still going with the elevation on the outside track?
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I also have the Glacier gravel kit on that side more to the bottom side of the oval. ..... On the left side of the oval I plan a town. The layout has a lake / river that starts near the side with the switch tracks and continues down across the layout. I have 2 bridges that cross at the bottom side of the oval..
Joe
If you can find room for a quarry near the town, you could add a short spur there. Then you could shuttle hoppers of rock to the gravel company.
 

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Matt, yes on the elevation. However I reduced the height by half.
MtRR75, that sounds like a great idea. I am planning on building a mount / tunnel on the town end of the layout.
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I certainly wouldn't be nervous. About the only thing you can do that would be a really unrecoverable disaster is to put a track right to the edge of the layout and run a train off the edge onto the floor. Enjoy it. If you make a mistake, slap your forehead and move forward. We've all done it.

The only thing I would recommend further is that you look into DCC. This will greatly simplify the wiring and operation of two trains, especially on a small layout where you don't have a lot of room for blocks.

The other thing I notice is that your track is misaligned in the lower left. You'll want to fix that by changing the length of one of your short segments (another good reason to use flex track). DON'T fudge it to join up -- the resulting kink will be your worst nightmare. I do NOT know this from personal experience... no, Sir, I do not. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it).
 

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CTValleyRR, you correct about the misalignment, however that is the way the track planer lays it out pictorially. In actuality it lines up, and yes i am using flex track. I will have to think about DCC. Thank you all for your comments and suggestions.
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CTValleyRR, no fudging, that's why I decided not to keep the mashup of EZ track and flex. I am going 100% flex. Once I get it together I'll post a pic.
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He said he was using flex track. That is probably why it lines up for him.
No argument. One of the Boy Scouts who was working on his railroading merit badge with me had fudged his track, and he insisted that he hadn't, even though I could see the kink where he did it. A classic case of TCBW (Teenager's Can't Be Wrong -- a condition that exists only in the teenage mind).

It was only after we sat down and used AnyRail to put the pieces together virtually with no fudging that he realized he had an issue. Teenagers believe computers, not adults... :confused:
 

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possibilities for future erxpansion

I like to add here, If I could?
Maybe you could put a passing siding on the parallel curves?
I think that would add a another dimension to continuous running operations.
Good luck with your empire.
Also, when/if.... you finally have the room/ or space. That layout there would make an excellent starting point to add on to(modularly speeking"L" shape). Good luck for/in the future:)
Regards,tr1
 

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Well folks I bit the bullet and ordered an NCE Power Cab. Now I have to get cracking and get my flex track which came today down and then on to the wiring and all the questions that am sure I will have about that.
 

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Hey Matt, I'll let you know when I get things set up. If I run into problems with the trackage I'll be calling. Thanks.
Joe
 
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