clockwise or anti-clockwise?

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gseritt

Member
do you closed loop guys run your mainline clockwise, anti-clockwise or both?

point to point guys are neither, I know.

just wondering...
 
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Iron Horseman

Well-Known Member
do you closed loop guys run your mainline clockwise, anti-clockwise or both?

point to point guys are neither, I know.

just wondering...
When I ran a simple loop the answer was both. Either by having trains constructed that the front was for an eastbound (counter clockwise) or westbound(clockwise). The directions were choose based on the direction of the train immediately in front of the operator.
 

wombat457

Well-Known Member
Staff member
I also run my trains in both directions. Not for any particular reason other than a "change of scenery" and whether or not I want to enter a siding or spur.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
My layout is a point to point, but with the use of hidden staging tracks, I do have a loop which is seldom used for continuous running. If it is used, it is run in either direction.
 

josephbw

Member
If you have a steeper grade one direction than the other, it might make a difference, otherwise it's just aesthetics. :)

Joe
 

D&J RailRoad

Professor of HO
I'm inclined to think "Anti-clockwise" is running against the clock. Counter clockwise is running opposite the direction of the hands on a clock.
 

trailrider

Well-Known Member
My layout is basically a continuous loop "folded dogbone" with the tracks close enough together in the "middle" so they look like a double-track main line. They separate at each end to form return (not reversing) loops with yards in the middle of the loops. Where the two "mains" run side-by-side traffic normally is run on the "righthand" of the double main. So passenger trains especially run "westbound" on the righthand track, stop at Union Station in Denver, then curve around so when the tracks come together the trains are then running "eastbound", again on the righthand track. Continuing around and downgrade they will either stop in the yard lead at Galesburg, or continue around the loop, stopping at Galesburg station, or in some instances backing into one of the two stub-end tracks at the station. So the answer is: mainly counter- (anti-) clockwise. Likewise, freight trains that deliver coal to the electric powerplant run westbound counter-clockwise until they drop the unit cars at the powerplant "spur" (which isn't!) The spur runs downhill semi-hidden into a tunnel that comes out at the Coaltown branch, to be picked up by switchers and run back to the Galesburg yard for return uphill to the plant. Empty hoppers are pushed uphill to the powerplant siding, where they are picked up for return to the mine. Other freight trains could be run clockwise using one of three passing tracks within the return loops. I don't do a lot of "operations", and primarily run trains for my own amusement. Remember, NOT all American railroads ran "righthand". The Chicago & Northwestern ran "lefthand", especially on Chicago suburban routes. There may be others of which I'm not aware. Back in the day, there were a LOT of railroad lines.
 

Rico

BN Modeller
Don't they run clockwise in North America and counter clockwise in Australia?
Oh wait... That's something else.
 

Bruette

Well-Known Member
Don't they run clockwise in North America and counter clockwise in Australia?
Oh wait... That's something else.
Holy crap batman! Only you would think of that!

For the record;
I have 4 loops of O gauge track and run 2 in each direction.
I have 2 loops of HO gauge track and I run one train in each direction
I have one N gauge track and I run it clockwise.
 
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