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Went down to the IE last weekend and picked up the box of track that K23 463 offered on the temporary forum, this is what I got from Jonathan:


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Looks like I'm back in the outdoor layout business again! :D

Already talked to the missus about setting up an outdoor loop with what I have here, helps if I explain that its so I can run her circus train, which doesnt work at all well on the indoor layout.;)

Jonathan said somewhere down in there is a loop of 8' diameter curve track, if so that means what I laydown could be K27 compliant?/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/shocked.gif
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Need to take it all out and then assess just what I'm going to do with all this, needs a good cleaning and a little maintanence, but what the hey! thats just gravy for the goose, right?

Gonna be a busy summer! Thanks Jonathan/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/laugh.gif
 

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Oooooooo.. very nice indeed.

You scored my friend. Currently, I'm running on 8' min curve diameter and it's works fine for all my stuff. Mind you my "biggest" loco is a USAT GP-30.....

I can't imagine that you'd have any major problems with a K-27. A friends layout has 8" curves as well and we run a MTH Challenger on that..
 

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Looking forward to seeing the progress documented. That was a nice find too.;)
 

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Well this ones a long time updating, I finally cleared out the garage enough to reach where I stored this bin,
pulled all the track out and examined it:


Heres the Tally:
27 sections, 8' diameter, brass
28 sections, 2' straight SS
12 16000 series turnouts, brass, a couple are damaged beyond repair, but rest look very salvagable
a few misc. 12" straights
All the track requires a great deal of cleaning as it looks to have been fastened down with a light concrete or glue mixture, but it comes off easily.

Given the limited area of my planned outdoor layout, I certainly wont be able to use all of it, but, it looks like I should be able to use all the curves, and several of the straights and turnouts. I have begun clearing out the area for the layout, with winter coming here (not blazing hot anymore) I should be able to get a good start on this before the end of the year.




Heres a preliminary plan, though I may loose the crossover given the wifes annemic Buddy L locomotive, and I'm looking to rework the right side to use a 5' dia min. though I really want to avoid buying any new track for the time being till the economic situation improves, I have a stack of R1's maybe just do this for the time being, and plan to rebuild the right side to 5' or 6.5' down the road. We'll see.

Once again a BIG thanks to Jonathan for this, I would never be able to aquire this kind of track on my own budget.
 

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Vic,

If you starte to climb just past the west switch, you might be able to expand that helix with maybe a one or two foot straight section. However, it would make the crossing point essentially the highest point on the line with the downgrade stating just past that point. Looks like a fun railroad!

Mark
 

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I'm considering that too, but mostly due to gradient concerns, the outdoor line is to be for running the too big for the indoor stuff like the Superliners and my wifes circus train, the gradient would be very problematic especially for the wifes circus train. I cannot currently run it on the indoor line as it cannot make the gradients. I'm considering a seperate smaller elevated loop over the broader loop, that way I could run 2 trains at a time, or just eliminating it altogether for the reasons you mentioned. I think it will depend mostly on how it looks once I clear out the area and can lay the track out. Once I can see how it looks , that usually determines the direction I'll take but I do tend to be leaning toward the "less is more" approach for the outdoor line.
 
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