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« on: August 27, 2020, 08:38:26 PM »


I am starting an HO layout on an 8' x 8' space and need some help or input. I am using Bachmann EZ Track and have 35.5 Radius x 20 on the outside with 2 9" straight tracks between each 5 pieces. I have the same thing inside using 33.25 radius and can't figure out how to connect the two lines. Didn't really think it out and thought I would be able to use turnouts and that obviously didn't work. I was going to order 2 #6 crossovers but after looking the 2 straight tracks do not match up so that will not work. Any ideas? I have never used any of the track software and was overwhelmed trying Any Rail? I plan on doing the same down to 28 26  22 and 18 radius so any ideas suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2020, 04:35:49 AM »


Crossing over does not have to involve “crossover” turnouts. And you can use other manufacturers’ turnouts with EZ track. Just need to add some roadbed and a little card stock to align them.

I don’t have any turnouts leftover from my layout construction to show some different configurations. However, you just need to get a bit creative. Perhaps a curve turnout can create a crossover onto a straightforward turnout.

Sounds like your layout won’t have much for straightaways. Our club layout was like that, and we used curved turnouts all over the place.



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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2020, 05:11:43 PM »

Thanks to both for the replies and the book suggestion, I will be sure to order.

I did figure out this morning that if I add a 1" piece on the 2 sides I use the crossovers and a 1" and 3  1/4" on the other sides it should work being the tracks are exactly 1" off and the crossover will add 3 1/4". I will basically change from 89"x 89" to 93.25" x 93.25". Only concern is at the four straight parts I am leaving basically no room for error if a derailment. I will have to build something to protect against that, a wall or some netting. I will also have to use the other straight parts going in from 33.25 to 28 but I should have a little extra room, that is why I will go to 93.25 all aroung.

Does that make sense to anyone other than me?
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