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tomix track plan
ive been thinking about this layout for about a year now, give or take, and have just bought the most expensive pieces last night: two 3-way points.

thanks to a member of another site that specialises in japanese n scale, i have the width of the thomas station and can now buy the correct 2-way points.

this is the track plan, built using "anyrail" free download.

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Looking good Sunhuntin. Is that "Anyrail" a software program?
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thanks, super. cassinos thread actually got me googling cos i want to get this layout built, im sick of not having it, haha.
yes it is. free to download and you can pick a range of gauges and brands. obviously, mine is built in tomix fine track, but you can also pick kato, bachmann etc. you can go from g scale right down to t.
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Thanks Sunhuntin

That software much be pretty popular around the world as it is available in many languages.
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I actually emailed them and another software maker to ask if they could produce a blue track library. Anyrail never got back to me, but the other guys did and although they have no plans to do it they did give me a link to a 'how to' guide so I can try to do it myself. As its looking like I'll have a couple of weeks off over Christmas it seems I've just got myself a little task, I'll let you know how it goes Smile
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Fantastic, keep us informed Nigels
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went ahead and bought the two 2-way points, along with the large curve. managed to get all of them brand new from the same seller, which should cut costs a little. he also has the short straights i need, but only one pair, when i need 3 pairs.
after winning henry last night and then putting the track together on the baseboard this morning, im getting quite excited to get this built and make a start on decorations.
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photos of the track ive bought to finish the main line and start the sidings.

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this is a two pack and i only need one, but will use the other for something else.
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Very nice Sunhuntin, is there a special switch control that either operates them individually or a switch control that operate many?
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i think you could buy a switch to do the whole lot, but not 100% sure on that. ive researched only so far to find out what i need to buy to create the layout. i dont even know how im going to hook up the controller yet lol. i have one, but none of the track has a place to fit wires to, so likely have to solder them on somehow?? will ask the guys at the club about it.

these wont be hooked up to power. the wiring i will thread through small holes and secure underneath with a staple gun or similar. dont want to cut it off just in case i ever sell it and the new owner wants to power it up.
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I forgot that you have all that expertise at the Club.
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yes, id be lost without those guys. Smile
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Looking good there Sun, while I think of it, have you got any PlaRail Advance? I hear 'rumours' that they will run on 'N' gauge track as well as the blue track, I've been meaning to try it out but at the moment don't have any 'N' track to hand. If you got an 'advance' could you try it out and let me know?

The next thing you should look at is the Tomytec Moving Bus system, you could then integrate that into the layout. If you not seen it check it out, absoultely brilliantly detailed little 'N' gauge buses which are motorised (2 x LR44) that run autonomously on special road without grooves/slots in it. They can even be made to speed up and slow down by placing small magnets under the roadway and you can get 'bus stops' which they will pull into automatically and either stay put till you push a button or alternatively will pause then take off again all on their own - again controlled by magnets.

You can also use the motors in most of the buses that Tomy make in that scale so its easy to find ones that suit including some older styles that would fit in with Thomas Smile
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thanks, nigels. no, i dont have any advance yet, but ive heard the same rumors.

i have seen the bus system, but theres no room for it on the baseboard. essentially, there will be a 1 or 2cm gap between the track and edge of the base. the interior will be filled with scenery.

have bought a few capsule items... cranky, bulstrode, harold and a few other bits.
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Are the Capsule items N scale?
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