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The Model Railroad
Alternative design

Learning from the errors made with the actual layout, I have come up with this much improved layout. The basic trackplan is more or less the same, but space is much better used, and thanks to just a few changes the possiblities are much bigger with this one. The room is of course the same; 5 x 3 meters. Instead of the 100 meters of rail I have now, this layout has almost the double!


First off is the shadow-station. This time with 2 tracks in the automatic block-sequence (3 meters useful), and 8 tracks for storing trains. Each track can hold trains of at least 2.50 meters.
The whole station is thought build directly on the floor, with a 6 or 7 rounds helix up to the main layout. The shadow station should be covered partly by transparent plexi-glass for spectaclurar view and easy control.
To make the station with curved track is necessary for me to use as much as possible of the old M-tracks that I have, because I dont want to have any visible M-track anywhere.
There is one design-fault here though; The helix is climbed on the inner track, giving a higher climbing-angle then with the outside. With further work on the design it might be possible to design a helix that is climbed on the outside track...


Here we see the main part of the layout. Arriving after climing the helix, the train crosses the whole layout on a soft curved track.
Entering another tunnel and entering the main station from the west side.
The west exit of the stationdisappears in a tunnel, and the train again briefly appears going to the smaller shadow-station some 20cm under the main station.


Showing here is the branching off mountain-line which this time can be used as a separate oval, and has its own small shadow-station. The idea with this is to have two trains going round in circles on this oval, while the push-pull trains crosses them in the shadow-station, between the main station and the mountain station.

Also shown is the shifting yeard, engine maintenance area and some industry tracks.
This area is connected to the main-line/central via a descending through-track for east bound trains, and via reverse loop kind of helix for west bound trains. Also there is an exit to the main line (inside a tunnel) for trains going east.


The above picture shows the two visible stations.
One detail is the through-tracks of the main station. I dont want to see freight-trains near the passenger platforms anymore. Now the freight-trains will automatically select a track without platform.  The east-going track is a descend connecting the maintenance- and shifting-yard with to main line.
The small mountain station; This is now placed as far away as possible from the inclined wall/roof, to allow for more height and better moutains.


The "gesamtansicht" showing the whole layout (only the ground-level shadow station has been removed).
Also seen here is a small tram, with a stop just outside of the main station.
One of the major faults with my current layout is the "blind spots"/unreachable areas; In this layout that situation is much improved thanks to the U-shape layout., although I think I will still have problems in one of the corners...
Finally one of the "funny" 3D looks that WinTrack tries to generate;


Stay tuned for publication of plans for the new layout in our new house. 9 x 4 meters of space with no inclining roof!