To me, they are one and the same. Example being that my layout is 640 sq ft, but a lot of that is aisle space. Since it is two levels, is it 1280 sq ft?Willie, Are you asking how big the layout is going to be? If not, what do you mean by: "how large an area you plan on using"?
LOL, Ash Pit!Sherrel, What WORD are you talking about??
Just a comment on your photo 2(I believe). I have a similar design for my sawmill - Sawmill complex in the middle with a "Y." One leg of my Y goes up into the forest and the other leg off to market. My track work looks about that crooked too.........Going to try to show my layout, drawn in Anyrail 6. Instead of downloading files I just took screen shots to post here.
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Photo one shows the upper portion of the yard and and track heading off to the right.
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Photo # 2 shows a continuation of the track heading off to the right. You can also see my switch backs heading to higher ground at the top of the photo.
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Phot # 3 shows the return loop with a couple of spurs and the logging operation all the way to the right. The two curved turnouts within the loop haven't been cut into the track, yet, as I need a siding at this location for the Car Ferry. The Car Ferry is all the way to the upper left on the loop.
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Moving back to the left at the level of the return loop I am showing the bottom of the yard, with the turntable and the Sector Plate is the long track heading down to the base of the drawing. The Sector Plate will be almost 4 feet long and pivot so that it can meet up with the two storage tracks
Sorry bout that... I drew the "Y" at the wrong end. I wanted to comment on how similar your drawing was to my operation. This is more to what I have for my sawmill/logging operation. I actually had to go and look - must be the Alzheimers setting in... Like an ice cream on a cone.... I only use one automatic reverse loop unit. No disrespect to your drawing or your vision. I often times get hung up on an idea and a different set of eyes sets me on a different and most times better path. What works for me is the ability to park a work train in the woods and/or spot log/lumber loads on one leg of the Y while allowing a road engine to access the main. Legs on my "Y" are about 4 1/2'. Like I mentioned, I was just struck on the similarly (to me) of your design.I have found that the Tony's Train Exchange Power Shield Circuit Breaker has failed and I need to replace. A new PSX Circuit Breaker has been ordered from Yankee Dabbler and when I get this, it will be installed. I had commented about how nice it was that Yankee Dabbler charged realistic prices for shipping. No longer, they add in their cut now!
MowBoss What you have drawn is very similar to what I had in this location on my HO layout. You'll have two reversing sections right next to each other. How will you wire that? Will you need two Automatic Reverse Units or can you get by with only one?
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