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NX:

I reckon that there are other more impressive layouts.

Nevertheless, this is also a good one.

 

Cheers,

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railsquid

A very industrial small layout for a change:

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enodenlover

I love this layout, very impressive.

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Claude_Dreyfus

I love this layout, very impressive.

Agree. That little blue shunter is quite cute. Who produces that?

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velotrain

I believe it's the Tomix fantasy DC engine.

 

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10352298

 

 

No - on second look the carbody is slightly different.

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katoftw

That industrial layout has a blog about its construction out there on the interwebs.  Maybe in Charles' Industry thread from months about.

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velotrain

I don't recall it, but it's not impossible.

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Das Steinkopf

That certainly is a beautiful layout and proves that a small highly detailed layout with a decent operational scope can beat a large layout hands downs any day.

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velotrain

I'd say that a lot of it is having the intent of trying to make a small layout somewhat realistic, vs. large and spectacular.

 

It also doesn't hurt that he put effort into designing something specific and generally unique, unlike many generic large layouts that mostly look the same.

 

Lastly, I suspect a minority of modelers appreciate the industrial aesthetic.

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splifdfx

Industrial layout means freight car shunting, operations, etc.
More fun to be had than just running EMUs on a loop ?

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kvp

An industrial layout means an industrial themed layout. It can very much mean an emu based layout, like one based on the Tsurumi line. It can even include a loop if one wants continous running. Also operations are possible with EMU-s, you just need place(s) to go to. On the other hand, a freight shunting layout could be agricultural themed, like one based on a field railway or a country branchline.

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HantuBlauLOL

This is truly awesome! Moving cars on the layout! Would definitely love to see this being made available sometime soon for us! Tomytec please look into this?  :P

 

 

magnorail?

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kvp

magnorail?

Yes, it's the home made variant of that. The problem however is the more or less fixed track and synchronised speed, that was partially solved by using two loops for two cars on the same path.

 

I would prefer the Faller/Tomix system, which is now feasible for cars in N scale using a smaller bus steering mech and a small 3V motor fixed across the rear axle with a tiny lipo battery and the control circuit filling the rest of the car. I would even be ok with an on/off magnet switch and a special connector serving as a charger connector and on/off logic. (you place the car on the stand to charge it and to turn it off, remove to activate, this would move the larger charger control circuit outside the body, leaving only the motor, battery, hall sensor, microcontroller, drive transistor and optional microleds inside)

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cteno4

I think th was posted elsewhere a while back. This is his homegrown magnorail.

 

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cteno4

Another inspiration for layout electronics, wireless controller using a little wireless board with rasberry or ardunio

 

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kvp

Actually, it's a TWE-LITE-DIP wireless controller both in the sender and receiver units. It's using 2.4Ghz with IEEE 802.15.4 framing, which is used by most low power proprietary wireless systems (like zigbee). Both the sender and receiver units are small 32 bit controllers, similar to the ones you find in mobile phones or raspberries. The control (sender) unit has 4 potmeters and 4 switches (4 analog, 4 digital inputs), while the drive (receiver) unit has 4 pwm outputs and 4 direction outputs, driving transistors and direction switch relays. (i can't find information on the packet format, but probably has an address and 4 times the speed and direction info)

 

While this is doable with arduninos/raspberries and zigbee/bluetooth dongles, this system is way more compact and integrated as the radio chip itself is used as the main computer on both ends of the link.

 

ps: the product page if someone is interested in building their own: http://mono-wireless.com/jp/products/TWE-LITE/index.html

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Blobby

 

Interesting track plan in this layout, would be interesting to see a scaled up version for 'normal' length rolling stock

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kvp

It's an outer elevated loop and an inner two level twisted loop connected by a crossover. There is also a small yard at ground level. The ramps are very steep. The twisted loop connects both stations with a level S curve and each station has one ramp, connected by a ground S curve through the yard.

 

For full size trains, everything would be twice as long horizontally (curves twice as large) and the ramps half as steep. Otherwise pretty much the same and imho it would still look too cramped, not to mention the ramps would be still too steep for most trains. (btrains don't have much equipment between the bogies to catch on sudden slope edges)

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velotrain

"imho it would still look too cramped, not to mention the ramps would be still too steep for most trains"

 

My nsho seconds that.

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cteno4

It's a btrain shorty layout it's all about compression.

 

Jeff

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bill937ca

Here is a module built on a cork 470mm x 320mm cork board.  It focuses on a harbor area local line terminal.  http://hkuma.net/sect/2007/09/

 

http://hkuma.net/sect/2007/02/post_71.html

 

The terminal building was created from a Greenmax bus garage kit.  He took a 3 story Greenmax commercial building kit and created a two story signboard building.

 

http://hkuma.net/sect/2005/11/post_7.html

 

http://hkuma.net/sect/2006/12/post_52.html

 

http://hkuma.net/sect/2006/09/post_40.html

 

Lots of details documented in 80 short articles.  http://hkuma.net/sect/cat10/

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Densha

Just a nice video of Chuo Main Line trains passing by.

 

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bill937ca

A layout that has been displayed at JAM and published in the past.  It is 1960 x 910 using Tomix track with a mountain setting.

 

http://imperial-railways.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2010-12-19

 

http://imperial-railways.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2010-12-16

 

Track plan:   http://imperial-railways.c.blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_8ac/imperial-railways/IMG_0376.jpg

 

Overall photo:  http://imperial-railways.c.blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_8ac/imperial-railways/Land.jpg

 

The author has a blog called Imperial Railways Blog but I have not found any videos.

 

http://imperial-railways.blog.so-net.ne.jp/archive/c2301535285-1

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