• the_mark

    I am using Kato Unitrack for everything.
    Before I was using Fleischmann but never was satisfied.
    With the Kato tracks you can run even the oldest trains without any problems (provided the tracks are clean).

    So far I had no derailments on any radius (but my smallest one is 249mm – I do not recommend using less).

    • Thanks for the comment Mark.
      I am surprised I never thought about Kato before, my trains are running perfectly, and I have spent half the price of a Fleischmann point. They are really perfect for hidden stations.
      Although I must admit, I still prefer the Peco points for the visible parts. They are a huge hassle to install, but still look better than the Kato IMHO.

  • Big Moose

    Pierre, you’re design is brilliant! I have been toying around with yard designs for a while but haven’t come up with something as imaginative as yours!

    I believe I will now base my final yard design on yours 🙂

    Can you talk about the reversing sections and where you gapped your sections / districts, as I am having trouble narrowing that down.

    Cheers

    • Thanks Big Moose, thanks!

      I haven’t posted in the blog for a while, but my fiddle yard is already working great!

      I am attaching a picture to this comment to show how I did it (although there might be better ways). In a nutshell:

      – The pink arrows show the normal (“main line”) train directions.

      – The “brown” section is the “loop” section. It is equipped with an automated DCC loop module (with in/out detectors in dark brown) to handle polarity changes automatically (see my recent post: http://www.digitrainworld.com/2014/02/reversing-loops-dcc/ )

      – All track sections have different color shades.

      – As you can see, I use a 10cm (3in) section at the end of each track, so trains stop exactly at the end of the track. A PC software is handling the traffic for me, and all my trains and cars are equipped with power wheels for detection.

      – The sections with points are also equipped with detectors, meaning a “lost car” would be detected, and my computer would stop the traffic.

      Your needs may vary!

      Pierre

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