Re: [FJGRailroad] Coleco Tracks
- Hi John, Paul, and All,
I've uploaded two shots I worked from, these are shots Gino sent a few
years ago when I was working on the N scale layout.
First shot shows on of the RSs on the main with a string of boxcars
wrapping around the main. To the left you can see the concrete phone
booth, the line of telephone poles are actually heading to Mayfield.
The plow is sitting on the beginning of the run-around, the track to
it's right was for unloading covered hoppers.
The second shot was taken from the east end of the run-around, shows the
short wye switch to Coleco's siding into the building, and another
string of boxcars on the main.
Thanks for the better engineering comment(!), but part of the problem
with MSTS is that you can't "hand lay" switches in the program, you are
stuck using what comes with it. The other problem is even though an SW
or S unit can go around a 100 foot radius curve while coupled to a
boxcar, MSTS really has a hard time with this. When the program was
originally created MS provided a default wag file that was based on a
car with a cushioned underframe. That might be nice but when you push
or pull one of these cars around a tight curve it starts bouncing back
and forth and you end up stalling your train. So, you avoid building
these problems into a route.
On 10/06/2010 7:46 PM, Paul Larner wrote:
> Paul, your design is better engineered than the real deal. The shape
> formed by the double ended track was more like an ovoid with the ends
> pulled to irregular points. The first track constructed was a siding
> from the main into the plant. The connection was an after thought
> having to loop somewhat into the existing track. I can pull the
> dimensions together and send you a diagram of the lay out a little
Paul and all,
Added a few photos of the Coleco trackage in the Photos section. The short spur near Patch road would hold only two covered hoppers to clear the runaround. These should help you recreate the plan for the layout. Note the runaround was added in 1972.
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- Hi Paul,
Pretty rough looking track back in '72 when it went in, looked much
better when it was ballasted!
On 11/06/2010 1:24 AM, Paul Larner wrote:
> Paul and all,
> Added a few photos of the Coleco trackage in the Photos section. The
> short spur near Patch road would hold only two covered hoppers to
> clear the runaround. These should help you recreate the plan for the
> layout. Note the runaround was added in 1972.