One Step Forward..
This week, while waiting for my local hobby shop to special order the more powerful booster/command station, I found myself contemplating the trackwork. I am happy with almost everything that I have done. But the stretch across the back on the second level has been nagging at me. Problem is that when I built it I used a 3-way turnout in one place. Then discovered that I needed a 3-way to make the yard work (much more compact than a string of number 6s...). But I thought I could get away with it... And it does work, sort of.
But the more I look at it the unhappier I get with it -- and this arrangement did force one curve with a much tighter radius than I had managed overall. So with the standard couplers the Canadian cars will not make the curve without being forced off the track. Expletive!
SO I can patiently wait for a 3way to get special ordered in... twitch, twitch, twitch. And then redo the track and the roadbed and the turnout motors under it). But then this potentially impacts the control panel that I have been laboring over. Putting the track plan on the back of a lexan sheet and then wiring across it has not made for the most flexible of arrangements. If I do make the change, part two is how I change the panel without wrecking all my existing hard work.
At this point I have no trouble at all understanding why building a layout can be a work of years. And I do wonder how many other hobbyists have these 'oh...', I could have done that better' moments?
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