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Old 31st January 2011, 11:05   #11
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Thanks again for comments.

I feel I may just add a small increase in depth for enough top ensure 2nd radius. I should still be able to access the rear of the bench. I will test that out tomorrow.

This will give me a dogbone effect, which should do.

I was always planning to run things fairly slowly anyway :-)

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Old 1st February 2011, 04:53   #12
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A lot of Lionel O gauge goes around 27" diameter curves, but that's helped by the lack of underfloor detail and the way the trucks can rotate completely around.
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Old 1st February 2011, 07:38   #13
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You do have a difficult but not impossible space for your layout. If you are prepared to give away a continious run you open up many more possibilities. There are a couple of books by Ian Rice that give suggestions for long thin layouts. The first is "An approach to model railway layout design. Fine scale in small spaces". The other is "light railway layout designs" which has a couple of good suggestions. Look for plans for "Leintwardine" and "Leinthall earls" layouts. These are shorter than your space but would be improved by lengthening. You should be able to pick up a copy of these cheaply on e bay.
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Old 23rd February 2012, 19:59   #14
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Originally Posted by RW James View Post
Welcome to AMR Paul. Many will tell you that you should go with a larger radius for a more realistic look and that you don't need a continuous run.

I, on the other hand, will tell you that I agree with your needs and I'm actually envious of the space you have. My current layout is only 30 inches wide and made up of 3 four foot modules. My radius is actually LESS than first radius at 12 inches.

If you run small locomotives and small equipment you shouldn't have too much trouble. I was having a bit of a problem with my grades and had to reduce them. I was still having trouble with grades on curves, but solved those problems by switching to Kadee couplers. But if you are careful with your design you may be able to avoid that. (I actually prefer Kadee's, but I know they don't look prototypical on UK equipment.)
I agree. If you run smal lstuff there is penty of room. You can use 16 or 17" radius to make return loops at either end. Double track along the shelf if you like. Think about On30. Bachman has a couple af dandy little Porters which need even smaller radius.

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Old 24th February 2012, 09:18   #15
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As most have said smaller units for smaller spaces - what about N scale?

Look at B-17_Fortress's layout so much in a small area.

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