Designer's block

  • I keep trying to design a prototypical layout using track planning software but keep running into the wall called designer's block.

    In the first design below, I used Walthers code 83 curved turnouts #8 and #7 1/2. I'm thinking that I don't need the outer #8 and still keep a parallel track needed for adding a small yard in the inner track.

     

    Then I worked on it some more, removing the double crossover and trying to keep the double track.

     

     

    As you can see, this is starting to come out right but isn't just right as I usually end up at this sort of layout, flat...the only difference are the Walthers curved turnouts.

6 comments
  • Joe Stuart likes this
  • Ted Sheckler
    Ted Sheckler oh ok....so how attached are you to the curved turnouts? What size equipment do you plan to run?
    February 26, 2012
  • Harold One Feather
    Harold One Feather I am in HO...after seeing a layout, using the curved turnouts as I did here, I started experimenting with them in AnyRail. If I used straight #6 turnouts for 6 axle locomotives, the layout length would increase. The original plan "Croxton Terminal us...  more
    February 26, 2012
  • Ted Sheckler
    Ted Sheckler What I mean is, six-axle locomotives and auto racks can go with tighter radii than 4-8-2's and 2-10-4's, and heavyweight passenger cars. I see the BN logo on your profile, so I'm guessing youre into the modern side of things. 30" radius will work fi...  more
    February 26, 2012
  • Harold One Feather
    Harold One Feather The layout up there has 36" outer radius and 33" inner radius...nothing more amusing than running a 4-8-4 on a 24" radius curve at full speed for that awesome wobble effect and derail...
    February 26, 2012