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New & need help with turn arounds.
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:04:47 pm »
So I am new to model trains. Have known a few people that have had very nice setups and always loved to watch them run. Anyways to the point. I have a O gauge train I am trying to set up a specific was for the holidays. I essentially am going to have long curve that I want to loop and double back at both ends. So my idea is I will put a switch on the end, and I want it to loop back into that same switch but going the other way. Then when it gets to the other end, I will have the exact same setup thus creating the constant loop.

My question is: I already have two of the O36 Manual Switches -Left Hand, (one for each end) so if I am using an O31 curve, what additional pieces will I need to complete the loop back into the switch. I am also open to using an O36 curve however I was trying to make the turn arounds take up as little space as possible. But if the O36 would be significantly easier to do, then I will sacrifice the 5"

If someone would kindly be able to post the additional pieces I would need I would greatly appreciate it. Also feel free to let me know if doing a O31 is a bad idea or not possible at all. Thanks

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Re: New & need help with turn arounds.
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2021, 07:18:39 am »
Hello & Welcome to the Forum!

The track layout you want to do, l have always called a Dog Bone, the similarities are obvious.
 l suggest that you check out the SCARM layout software, by Forum member 'Mixy', located in the Layout & Design sub-forum, here on the site.
Plug in your numbers and let it do its' thing.

Hope this helps...
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Re: New & need help with turn arounds.
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2021, 08:59:03 pm »
My layout is 027 tubular, but O gage can have the same problems.  Sometimes the track just will not match up and you may have to cut a up a track and make a "special" piece of track to make thing fit right and close a gap.  You can use SCARM to make a a dog bone layout.  HAVE FUN!


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