Question by Infamous: HO Scale Model Train – Couple Questions regarding turns, grades?
Hello, I’m returning to model train crafting again, and I finally got a 13 foot x 9 foot in-door patio to work with, and I plan to turn at least half of the patio into a world.
Based on the size of the patio, I’m planning to turn the “large” sections of the patio into no more than 3-4 feet of plywood, leaving room in the center to stand and be able to reach across (since my arm length is about 2 feet). Some sections will have multiple heights (bridges, cliffs, etc).
Based on that description, here are a few of my questions;
1) How much feet (or maximum grade) will be needed to elevate the train for every 6 inches? (In other words, how long does the grade need to be to accomplish going up for 6 inches?
2) How much space is needed to accomplish a 180 degree turn?
3) What about a 90 degree turn?
4) Is there any wiki or online resource for getting these measurements or percentages?
Thanks in advanced! 🙂 This is a fun hobby.
Answer by Diane B.
Check out some of the model railroading sites and forums, or there are probably books on model railroading at the library.
Here are some possibilities online:
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