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Peco setrack 80 templates
« on: September 28, 2017, 05:26:51 pm »
Hi I'm new here.

I'm 70+ and not been active for many years but after much cajoling by my 2 grandsons I agreed to attempt a modest layout using 'recycled' hardware.
Problem was I couldn't identifiy the track components. Straight could be measured and identified that way but the curves weren't so easy. !

Solution:
 
Using 'Anyrail' free version and peco 'track library' I assmbled as many peco track components as I could on a A4 size base board plan (29x22cm near enough) with labels and printed the result at 1:1 scale.

Apart from curved turnouts and level crossing which I don't have. The whole lot occupies 2 A4 sheets.

Not only are curves instantly identified but you don't have to measure the straights to identify them either.

I was so impressed with "Anyrail" I registered it and used it to design the layout. It was almost as fun actually building it. aren't computers wonderful.

Apologes if this idea is as old I am and I have re-invented the wheel.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2017, 12:06:30 pm by codger »

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 05:31:03 pm »
AnyRail is what I use and I find it excellent. I printed my layout plan in full size, laid it on my base boards and laid the track on top of it. Perfect and so easy.
By the way, if you check out the Peco website you can download actual size point templates.
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Size matters - especially if you don't have a lot of space - and N gauge is the answer!

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 05:32:21 pm »
Oh by the way, welcome to the forum from another senior citizen...
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Size matters - especially if you don't have a lot of space - and N gauge is the answer!

Bob Austin

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 09:08:53 pm »
Hi Codger, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Any chance of a track plan we can look at please?
(Look under Help & FAQs on the main toolbar for help with posting pics)

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2017, 11:00:41 pm »
G'day from Australia, codger, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2017, 12:07:12 am »
I have no pics of my track plans

I have the peco templates I made and also the plan of the layout currently under construction in .any (anyrail) format  but it seems only images and .pdf files are allowed as attachments.
Unless someone can tell me how to convert these into jpg or pdf short of printing them out and scanning them then I can't help at the moment.

As the Peco templates print out actual size on A4 I will scan prints of these and post as jpg. If printed out at A4 they should work as well the originals

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2017, 12:17:24 am »
under construction in .any (anyrail) format
 into jpg
Hi and welcome aboard !

You should be able to make a jpg of the track plan in (from) Anyrail ?
I've not used that one but most track planning softwares have such a facility.

Just looking in its instructions now ,, there is a 3D "Snapshot" tool, that would be a start :)

EDIT  here we go :-
To generate pictures (.gif, .bmp, .jpg .tiff or .png)

1.If required change the view scale. The scale slider is in the lower right corner of the status bar.

2.Use the scroll bars to get the exact picture you want if you need to crop the layout.

3.From the Ribbon FILE tab, select Export As, then in the right pane, click Picture.
A window appears:
[then there is a picture]
4.Click OK.
A standard File window opens.

5.Save the file in the required graphics format.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2017, 12:25:04 am by MalcolmAL »

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2017, 09:37:19 am »
Yup - I save my SCARM designs in that way. Then I open the PDF with 'Paint' so I can add text boxes etc

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2017, 10:04:05 am »
Welcome to the forum codger, (from another one).
David.
I used to be indecisive - now I'm not - I don't think.

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2017, 10:32:52 am »
Aren't instructions wonderful. I must get round to reading them sometime
Thanks for the tutorial.
Here are the PLANS IN .PDF

Limit of 2 attachments per post so will post templates in next post



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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2017, 10:37:13 am »
..and the track templates

"Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser"

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2017, 10:54:58 am »
I do like platforms hidden under a townscape so you can't see how long the trains are :thumbsup:

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2017, 11:00:56 am »
Classic trick for hiding fiddleyard outlets, and making a train look like it's come from or going to an off scene location.

Big plus is that only half the station has to be represented.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2017, 11:59:22 am »
This is the 20 year old layout my grandsons found and wanted to resurrect. Unfortunately after too many years in a shed a good clean general tidy up were not enough to get reliable running, even the landscaping was being eaten by something n places so I decided to cannibalise it and  with their help build something to more to their specification. It had to have a tunnel!!
Fortunateley the rolling stock and locos had been stored properly and were in good order, and some of the setrack sections were salvageable.
This is what brought me "out of retirement" and inspired the current project.




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Re: Peco streack 80 templates
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2017, 12:24:49 pm »
so I can add text boxes
You can do that in SCARM itself,
in  EDIT > Place Text

Thanks @codger, I had heard of Anyrail before but not investigated it, but doing that little dig I see that it has a 3D facility which sounds good. I'll have to give it a try.

Nice layout, shame about the wee beasties attacking it tho' :(
« Last Edit: September 29, 2017, 12:27:25 pm by MalcolmAL »

 

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