how does one make a wye from Z sectional track?
- hi to all,
I'm a fairly new convert to Z scale. It has been 35 years since I did
trackplans using sectional track. Is there a website where I might
find track planning examples using Z sectional track? Specifically,
I'd like to see if/how a "wye" could be laid out. That 13 degree angle
in the turnouts has me stumped.
-Karl in Kalifornia
Not an easy task ... suggest you consider using flex track.
Anyway, I tried your little experiment (see WyeExample.pdf in the
Files section) using the 490mm curve sections, those being the ones
that replicate the curve in the Marklin turnouts ... it resulted in a
40" mainline and the branch turnout completing within roughly 24",
rather a large area. Also, I didn't specifically consider the actual
straight sections that would be required to fill in the straight
mainline between the turnouts or a small straight section needed in
one of the branches. Finally, I'm sure that there is a slight degree
of error in this arrangement although I'm fairly certain that that
error would be absorbed in the relatively large wye without issue.
You might be able to do it in slightly less space using the other
radius curves but you would likely have to include some of the 490mm
curves to return to parallel off the turnouts and that would introduce
some ugly S-curves. Again, I suggest using flex track.