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George D
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  6:05:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm starting this because if I publicly commit myself to building this switching layout, it has less of a chance of being put on the back burner than some of my projects. My plan is to build a 2'x6' switching layout with hand laid track. My freelance railroad is the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway commonly referred to as the Harmony Line. It's based on an interurban line that ran north out of Pittsburgh and the old right of way ran along the property line of the house I grew up in. Unlike the interurban line, my freelance railroad didn't fail because of the newfangled automobile. I assume it prospered and became a standard gauge railroad.

I'm going to model Harmony Junction with three tracks going to staging (fiddle yard), one south to Pittsburgh, one east to Butler and one west to New Castle. There will be one siding to hold junction cars and two sidings for industries. Here's my track plan.



I'm using Templot, a free program for my track planning. It's designed more for making templates for hand laying track than track planning, though it works for that. That track plan is a collection of pages that are printed out for laying the track. This diagram is an index of these individual pages.



To see the detail of the drawing, this is page b/2 of the track plan. To make the drawing, I only worked with the track center lines, the details like ties, point rails, guard rails and the like came from the Templot software. Those tie numbers mean nothing to me.



Templot is a fantastic program with a killer learning curve. You can make turnouts of any size or any radius to fit exactly what you need. I'm not putting it down, I think it's fantastic, however, unless you plan to do some hand laying of turnouts that are a non standard size, don't waste your time trying to learn it.

George


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Dutchman
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  7:55:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm looking forward to seeing this come together, George.


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BigLars
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  8:02:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I may have some HO ties laying about. Want me to check?


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George D
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  8:05:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Larry. I think I have all I need.

George



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  8:28:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ahhh . . . A new layout construction thread. Music to my ears.




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George D
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Posted - 06/29/2020 :  9:17:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike, but there may be a few sour notes along the way.

George



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Pennman
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  06:01:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice project George. I will be following you to see how it's done. I want something similar one day. Thanks for sharing.
Rich



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  07:12:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What? No scenery yet? What's the hold-up George?


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Bernd
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  07:13:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Interesting project. I played with Templot also and like you say it has a huge learning curve.

Like the rest of the crew I'll be following along.

Bernd


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Carl B
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  08:24:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm on board George.

Looks like this will take you right thru Christmas!



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  08:34:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Should be a great thread.

Jerry

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Rick
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  08:38:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice!
On30?



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George D
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  08:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the nice comments, guys, but it looks like I have one impatient follower, but I won't mention Mikes name and try to ignore the comment.

Brend, you feel my pain. Once you figure Templot out, it's fun to play with.

Christmas, Carl? You like to put the pressure on.

Rick, right rail spacing, wrong scale. I'm not moving to the "dark side".

George



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Rick
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  09:02:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by George D



Rick, right rail spacing, wrong scale. I'm not moving to the "dark side".

George



One of these days.



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George D
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  12:46:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
About 10 years ago I attended a hands on clinic given by Earl Hackett on hand laying turnouts. He showed us how to make a turnout using the printed templates from Fast Tracks. Off and on over the years I've build several turnouts using these Fast Tracks templates, so I thought I could handle this task. The hand laying is going slow. I'm using code 70 rail and I have some code 55 rail I'm thinking of using for the sidings. The PCB ties came from Clover House and each one must be cut to size.



I have a couple scrap 1x12 boards that I'm using as a work base. I started by taping the Templot pages to the board. I used double faced Scotch tape to hold the PCB ties to the drawing. I file a gap in each tie and check it with a multi-meter before I put it in place.



Here's where I stand now. Two of the six turnouts are completed. When each one is completed I take my multi-meter and check there are no shorts.



George



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desertdrover
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Posted - 06/30/2020 :  12:50:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that's a project!


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