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Just got an incredible deal on a new house and proceeded on designing a track for my backyard, I opted for a nicer newer house instead of having a big backyard (first house :p), so I will deal with my size constraints.


The bottom of the boundary in this XTrkCad file is the house and the other side is this giant hedge I cant go by so those our my boundries.



I designed a 2 run layout, maximum radius I can muster is 13' Diameter, the inner track is 11.75' Diameter, I set it up as a dog bone layout with a raisable section in the middle for the lawnmower (and access).
I didn't add any switches or plans for a steamup bay, Ill leave that up to you all for some ideas on how to design one properly, yes its squished, something to run my own trains until I get the big club
track built at tradewinds park (so when I can afford my bigger engines, slow running on my track, stretch legs at the club track :p


I planning on building this around Jan (after diamondhead of course) - February (too busy in mountains of boxes right now lol), it will be a raised track. All track is seperated by 7.5" from center to center.

0 degree grade, built like my other tracks.
http://www.mylargescale.com/Community/Forums/tabid/56/forumid/11/tpage/1/view/topic/postid/238/Default.aspx#238





(right click, view image to see the full size (might have to zoom in with the magnifying glass))


1. blocked by bushes, I mean you cant walk through, track goes over bushes
2. Tree might be removed, relocated is what I meant lol (its small, bush size)

3. Door brick, is my screen patio door with brick in front on the lawn side.


Thanks for your help (and its fun to design tracks anyway )

Files
PDF:

http://www.livesteamers.org/Backyard-1st-draft.pdf

http://www.livesteamers.org/backyard-railroad-1stdraft.xtc
XTrkCad File:

http://www.livesteamers.org/backyard-railroad-1stdraft.xtc


(if your dont have XTrkCad to edit get it here , learning curve is not bad, plus its open source (free))
 

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The hedge in the back is maintained by the HOA (there very relaxed thank god lol), so is the lawn, I was planning on putting a 5 foot bridge span in the middle to be opened when im not operating, the only issue left would be the center of the 2 ends, I would probably have to mow the lawn myself, (or maybe the whole backyard). I kept the layout away from the back hedge at least as far as the next door neighbors deck. To the right of the door brick labeled area is 10 feet, and I have a 10' X 10' patio that I might be able to put the steam up bays into (make some type of screen door apparatus) if the wife allows me lol. If not it might go over the bush that hugs the house up to the screen door.

David, I was trying to keep the maximum radius allowed so that I can run the bigger engines, just not too fast of course.

Bruce, as a matter of fact I was pulling out all the people I found over the past few months, you, some of the old members of the G-Scale friends and family and more to come out this Saturday for a little bit and talk about the track and show the club our interest! (its a fun run too! No Public, just trains) They need to see the people that are willing to take it the next step.

Also, my father is going to be in town and I told him to bring down the K28 and the C19 to show some of the possibilities of live steam to the people who haven't seen some of the bigger engines before (probably steam the K28 just to show them the weltyk whistle, it wont make it around the 6' curve of the mini track the kids watch while waiting to ride the 7.5").
I will have my usual 3 live steam engines out too.

Anyone else in the South Florida area that is willing to get this club track project off the ground is welcomed to come out this Saturday, November 29th. Give me a call if you decide to come out: 561.901.6181, even if its only an hour, the meeting will be at 12:00 (we will be there at 10:00 am steaming up the small and the big stuff). I need all the support I can get! "If you build it, they will come!"

http://www.livesteamers.org


Yes my topic is all over the place :p, too many things at once.
 

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That first layout chris almost looks exactly like Norm Saleys layout in orlando, FL lol. Ill do some changes tonight, got 2-3 months to figure out my plan hehe, I was going to leave 2' along the back edge, where the bedroom juts out on the left its only 13' from house to hedge, widest it gets is 17', its really cramped hehe, I am still going to try to hold on to the 13' diameter radius, going smaller is just too painful lol. The cad file I put up (pdf and pictures) is to scale, yard measures only 17' X 50' (with the house squishing some mid section to 13'), I was out in the backyard measuring everything!

The club layout I was proposing, was minimum 20' radius!

I put up the new layout in my scale drawing, and continue from there.


Thanks a lot for your suggestions and help!
 

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Im starting to like this idea better.

Gives me the center of my lawn back (right click, view image to see it in a bigger size).

Ask me if u want the cad files.




 
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