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    Default N scale Rosebud, 3'7" x 6'10" layout

    G'day. Currently working on the track plan for my current layout which I'm finding difficult. My last layout I had was about 3'3" x 10" which was a lot easier since I had so much more room. But now that I don't have the room to accommodate, I had to downsize to a smaller but wider layout. My biggest hurdle I guess I'm having is that I don't want the layout to seem like a simple oval track layout. still currently working on a design. Ill add a pic of what I have so far below. Ideas would be appreciated and helpful. Ill keep updating as I go along. Unless my mind drifts away into the build

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    This is what i have done so far. Just trying out an idea

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    I like what you come up with Shannon
    I think your on a good plan here , not too much track , just enough , good scenic elements !
    Keep up the good designing

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    Hi Shannon -

    Welcome aboard!

    Will you have access to all sides of the new layout? If not, the reach from front to back is too far. You won't be able to reach the back of the layout to re-rail cars or perform maintenance.

    As for the track plan, I would prefer to see at least a small yard, but that's just me!

    - Jeff

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    Thanks Steve. well thats just one idea i have in mind. But im sure ill keep the over all mainlines the same.

    And Jeff, yes when i rearange the furniture in the room its in, I will have full access. And where abouts would you put the yard?
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    Here is my layout set up. Got a basic loop at the moment so i can play with my locomotives and ive started marking out a lot of where the track is going. Just dont know how to fill up the rest really. Ultimately would like to have it simple so i can run trains around but also have some basic switching. One of the hardest things i guess is that i have long articulated steamers. longest one being my ac-12 cab forward
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    And where abouts would you put the yard?
    Full disclosure: I am not a trained layout designer!

    I'd put a three-track yard in the front right corner. I would remove the curved track on the outside of that corner. Something like this:


    I'm not sure which brand of track you are using, so my geometry may not be perfect.

    Adding a yard only makes sense if you enjoy making up and breaking down trains. I enjoy this activity, so I would want a yard of some sort.

    - Jeff

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    Thanks Jeff. Makes sense. I'll work with it see what I can come up with. I'll post some more tomorrow. 3 hours till midnight here in Victoria. Time to party
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    ine thing I've noticed in your track is you need one additional crossover from the innermost track to the outer. if you are travelling counter clockwise, you can get into the inner track, but can't get back out without backing up through the same crossover. if you're travelling clockwise, you can't even get into the inner loop without a backing move. It would be too busy to put the crossover in the front, so best to put the crossover along the backstretch.

    edit: Oh wait, you do have that crossover in the second image! Silly me for posting too quick. As for that yard, I'd use one additional turnout between the yard itself and the main to give a yard lead so you can switch the yard without fouling the main.

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    Shannon,

    Nice job on your start. If you like we can change the title of this thread to something like your RR name or something like that. I'm afraid members cannot edit their own titles. You'll have to PM one of us moderators to do it for you. Have a great day and Happy New Year!

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    thanks Ken. Ill keep that in mind. But i dont have a name for my little railroad. never thought of ever having one
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    I like yards too, but you have one aspect that I like without the yard - 2 interchange tracks or at least they could be. that gives you a way to set up a train ready to bring onto the layout and a place for a train on the layout to go. the tracks I refer to are at the bottom left and right.
    you have 2 or 3 industries to switch and can develop a neat operations plan. with the double mains you can have 2 trains running at the same time, maybe one working the industries and the other putting on miles.
    lots of possibiilities
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    The best way to hide how small the track is with scenery. It even works on a layout as small as 1x2 feet.

    Since you own one of those backward teakettles, that means mountains and tunnels. With a tall scenic divider cutting the layout in half you can two distinct areas for the trains to run through. The other side could easily be a town or city scene. This will make the layout seem much bigger.
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    heres another idea im working on for my layout. Seems functional. Still running minimum 16 inch curves but just doesnt look quite right to me

    opinions ???
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    Hello, Can I make a suggestion? On the lower right just above that single spur, you have a crossover from outer to inner track and I was wondering maybe, you could add a double crossover to the right of your current crossover and remove that crossover once you put the double. That way any trains can access to both track.

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    thanks ken. i forgot to amend that little detail, ill fix that up now
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    Heres one of my other ideas. I can never decide on a plan. ive also added in basically all the freight cars i have and locomotives in my fleet so i have an idea how it would fill out the layout if i kept them all on the tracks. Note some of these are in the tunnel top right corner.
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    I really like this layout. It actually inspires me to simplify my plan and go for something more ballanced like this. Good work.

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    Isay Go!
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    I agree with Gene and Jayson

    This looks good and fun to run !

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