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    Long passing siding added. The idea here is that it will be mostly hidden by scenery, so I can park an entire train there and hide it for a while.
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    What if I flipped the yard end for end and put a roundhouse in the dogbone end?

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    When cars get sorted to different tracks in a yard, a loco pushes and pulls them. This switcher plus the string of cars have to clear the stubs' turnouts to do this. If this track happens to be the main line, your switcher will foul the main every time it moves cars. To avoid that you need a separate track - the lead. The lead typically joins back to the main at some distance from the yard throat and is usually longer than the longest stub in the yard. Also known as drill track because of the back-and-forth motions made by the switcher.

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    are you using flex track? If so, I would strongly recommend you flip this switch with a left hand switch to avoid a really nasty s-curve heading into the yard.
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    Using Kato Unitrack

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    that makes it trickier because I don't know how the geometry lines up. Kato experts on the forum can weigh in on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssoysal View Post
    are you using flex track? If so, I would strongly recommend you flip this switch with a left hand switch to avoid a really nasty s-curve heading into the yard.
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    You mean something like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    You mean something like this?
    Yes, exactly. And if you eliminate one track - or one half of a track - closest to your turntable you will have more room for your facilities at the roundhouse. Or instead of that idea, use a 15 curve on the approach to the turntable rather than the 30 curved section. Just some ideas.

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    Obviously I'm going to need some Kato Unitrack...so those of you with surplus trackage, PM me. Particularly turnouts...

    20‑220 EP481‑15L N Kato 7
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    Flipping that switch might eliminate an S-curve, but on the other hand it's an unrealistic configuration. As a rule, railroads don't run the main line through the diverging route of a switch, since that would limit the speed. Is there any other way to get rid of the S-curve?

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    Just a thought, but what if you leave it as a RH turnout and move it further back around the 90 degree curve to the straight section of track where the new addition meets the existing layout. Then run a track from the diverging route parallel to the main and connect it to the yard. This would fix the ‘S’ curve and give you a sudo yard lead so you could switch the yard without fouling the main.

    Also what if you connect the engine shed to the second yard track and connect the first yard track to the main turning it into an A/D track. This would allow you to pull a train into the yard from either direction without stopping traffic on the main.
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    The way to remove the s-curve without forcing the main through the diverging route is to allow enough of a straightaway after the curve. That would cause precious space loss. At the end of the day, it's a matter of weighing your options and making the choice that is right for you. What I recommended is what I would do personally. Even in its original form, it would probably work fine because of the high quality of Kato track.
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    Here's a very old shot of the original layout, showing where the new addition will tie in from a track-plan perspective.
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    It looks like it'll be a really nice big layout with the addition that will create a lot of operational possibilities.

    Also, I do like your edit.
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    At the old house, the layout was on folding table legs set on large, hospital style wheels. This was out of necessity as the layout had to be moved to get behind it, and for other reasons.

    At the new house, with the existing layout being a peninsula, this is unnecessary. So today, I put the old legs back on and got her on her feet (the layout has been leaning against a wall for about 2 months), and am putting new permanent, slightly taller and much more stable and level feet on it, and attaching the back end to the wall. Then I'll get to organizing the mess that is the layout. Tonight I'll bring my mom's old computer desk in to the train room to serve as a workstation for detailing, painting, etc. It's perfect for that, it's just a pressboard big box store computer desk. Dad was going to toss it until I got the idea to repurpose it.

    I need some help in remembering what the deal was with Kato turnouts, #4 vs. #6. There was some issue with the #4's if I recall, should I alter my new track plan to use #6 instead?

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    Bigger is better...#6

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    The layout is back on feet again...for the first time, permanent feet! Exciting. Can't wait to get things hooked back up and operational. I'll post pics once it's presentable...it's kind of a mess yet.

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    The plans for the new section of the layout have now been altered to have #6 Kato turnouts on the main and #4's in the yard.

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