New Running Track

Our current running track has had various issues for a while, and the decision has now been taken to replace this with a new one.

This provides two O Gauge, two OO Gauge, one EM Gauge  and one N Gauge track, with provision for a seventh track to be added at a later date.

It uses 12 boards of the club standard 4′ x 2’6“ size and allows all tracks to be used simultaneously. All tracks are easily accessible from the OUTSIDE of the running track, minimising any need to crawl underneath.

This drawing shows the new running track located in the clubroom. The red tracks are O, green OO, blue EM and magenta N Gauge:

To maximise the track radii, the track sits on the left hand workbench, with trestles used for the other boards. The two boards on the left can be used on their own for testing/programming.

Whilst the primary use will be in the clubroom, boards can be used in the hall, and if necessary, additional straight sections could be made and added if a longer track is required.

The track will use machine cut plywood sections for accuracy, filled with Insulation Board for rigidity. If we can align the tracks well enough, it’s possible that the “curved” sections could be erected in any order. The boards have small side walls to minimise track damage in storage – these also allow the boards to be stacked.

15 pin D-Type connectors provide the electrical connection between each board, with a single lead provided to a “break-out” box for connection to controllers. This lead can be connected at any board join.

The “break-out” box has connections for DC and DCC (MERG) controllers. Each track has a switch to select DC or DCC, and a bicolour LED to indicate track power. This indicates red or green for DC operation, and orange for DCC.

Future Expansion

With 4 more “straight” boards, the track can be extended for a circuit length from 16-18m suitable for use in the hall, not much shorter than the 20-23m circuit length of the existing running track.

It could also (just) be erected in the layout room for testing purposes, though this can’t be recommended as it blocks the fire exit:

Detailed Track Layout

This picture shows the location of each track together with a representative train size:

Depending on the gauge of the seventh track, it may or may not be possible to run trains on this track together with trains on the N or EM track.

Top View

This is the top view:

3D Model

3D models of the running track are available here:

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Construction

Construction details are shown Here

Photos