Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Location: Accrington, Lancashire
|Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:06 am Post subject: Mini dockyard design for traditional tabletop layout
|The traditional train-set layout quite often has a lot of wasted space. The Corners could easily fit in a couple of sidings, and a dockyard or industrial areas with inset track might make an interesting feature.
As I have designed my inset track based on Setrack geometry it seemed a good idea to use the same CAD software to design a small layout corner. Not difficult, as it would be possible to cut and paste . If I wanted more detail, I could use the modular tools, but I am not that skilled in positioning yet. I need to add captions to the picture.
The brown track is standard Setrack, inner curve is 2nd radius. The grey track, including working wagon turntable is my own designs.
Initially I tried to fit it in a square 60cm by 60cm, which proved impossible, so increased it to 70cm by 70cm.
I think the simple design has potential. It might even be possible to fit more track in, possibly some OO9 and a mixed gauge crossing.
The great thing about the inset track, is that there is more room for accessories such as road vehicles. These can be parked almost on the track.
Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.