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General Category => N Gauge Discussion => Trams => Topic started by: mokebloke on November 26, 2015, 01:54:59 PM

Title: new starter
Post by: mokebloke on November 26, 2015, 01:54:59 PM
Hello all , well i have took the plunge in my late 50s and starting to model railways although ithas started from a present from my wife of a kato tram starter kit am looking for ideas have thought of layout of no more than 4 x2 foot . Thinking of doing a fictitious museum  sene.
regards paul
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: railsquid on November 26, 2015, 02:47:15 PM
Good start - the Kato trams are wondrous little beasties, 4x2 is a decent size in N especially with stuff like the Kato trams which are happy with smaller radius curves.
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: port perran on November 26, 2015, 04:13:20 PM
Welcome aboard.
I'm no expert on trams but a museum setting seems to be a good starting point to me.
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Caz on November 26, 2015, 04:40:56 PM
Welcome on board mokebloke, we've got quite a few tram modellers on here so you will be in good company.

 :welcomesign:
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: mokebloke on November 26, 2015, 04:58:36 PM
 :thankyousign: all to have replied she now says i have to wait till crimbo day to get me mitts on it , but this gives me time to plan ahead .
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: mokebloke on November 26, 2015, 05:10:33 PM
Is there a free downloadable programe which feature kato trams for track lay outs ?
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Newportnobby on November 26, 2015, 08:41:58 PM
Welcome to the forum, Paul :wave:
Sorry, but I know nothing whatsoever about trams :dunce:
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Lawrence on November 26, 2015, 09:40:34 PM
Hi Paul and welcome aboard.  You will probably discover that there are those of us on here that inhabit another forum, www.jnsforum.com/ (http://www.jnsforum.com/) it is dedicated to all things Japanese and a good browse on there will no doubt provide even more questions than answers.
If you want to buy direct from Japan, Hobbysearch is very good http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/rail/ (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/rail/) and PlazaJapan have an ebat presence.  Keith at Train Trax, http://www.traintrax.co.uk/ (http://www.traintrax.co.uk/) also has an excellent range of Japanese track and rolling stock.

It can be an expensive old business but very much worth the effort and you can achieve a fair bit at minimal costs.  Welcome to the mad house  ;)
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Bealman on November 27, 2015, 05:13:47 AM
G'day from Australia, Paul, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Like NewportNobby, I don't know a lot about trams except they can get around square corners!
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: cornish yorkie on November 28, 2015, 02:18:51 PM
Is there a free downloadable programe which feature kato trams for track lay outs ?
:hellosign: Mokebloke, have a look at Anyrail website.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: TylerB on December 18, 2015, 09:35:02 AM
You can get a lot of trams into four foot by two foot! Don't forget the unitram track is compatible with ordinary kato track, so you could for example keep the main set as a modern light rail line and build a heritage tram depot on the side, I'd recommend using the Kato R150 curves, you can get a loop in around one foot square so you could have a complete heritage loop and a main double track unitram tramway too.

The double track unitram points are great if a bit expensive, maybe get one and branch off your main track into a depot?

I'm building a 4 by 2 tram layout at the moment but I'm new on this forum so I haven't worked out how to post pics, I keep adding new lines and loops, lets just say it's getting very complicated!
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2015, 11:09:40 AM
Complicated?! Your layout, not the forum we hope!  ;)

Seriously, welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Sounds like you know your tram stuff!
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: TylerB on December 18, 2015, 03:54:22 PM
Thanks! It's my layout that is getting complicated, not the forum!

I've got quite a bit of Kato Unitram stuff and trams from some other manufacturers, both European and Japanese, but I'm just assembling a proper layout for the first time so I'm making it up as I go... I just can't go for a standard trackplan, I have to keep adding things!  its fun but chaotic at the moment...

my idea is to build a central core layout on my 4 by 2 as sort of the hub of a tram network, with tracks going off in varous directions, and then lay non-permanent extensions outwards using unitram and unitrack, that way I can vary the layout outside the main board when I like to keep things varied

Anyway I'm hijacking this thread so I apologise! I'll post a thread of my own when things get beyond the bare baseboard stage
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: bluedepot on December 21, 2015, 01:01:14 AM
Hello Paul

Looking forward to seeing pics of your layout!


Tim
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Trainfish on December 21, 2015, 01:17:20 AM
Welcome to the forum, Paul :wave:
Sorry, but I know nothing whatsoever about trams :dunce:

I only know that my mate got knocked over by a tram in Amsterdam. He hurt for weeks!

Welcome Paul.
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Thomas_S on December 21, 2015, 10:16:56 AM
I'm doing a small lay layout i found on the internet and should only fill 70 * 32 cm or 28 x 13 inch.

For that layout I use:
Pos Itemno. Itemname no.. of tracks
1  1021 S140 N Tomix 8   
2  1024 S70 N Tomix 1   
3  1111a C103‑60 N Tomix 4   
4  1112a C140‑60 N Tomix 4   
5  1112b C140‑30 N Tomix 3   
6  1231 PR140‑30 N Tomix 1   
7  1232 PL140‑30 N Tomix 1   
Total: 22

Even Space for an engine house for 2 trams.

It is a smaller version of this:
(https://princestreet.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/three-trams-layout.png)
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: railsquid on December 21, 2015, 11:38:01 AM
I presume it's for tram operations, given the OP in this thread. Anyway  :welcomesign:

Here's a tram-based layout using essentially the same plan, the page is Japanese but plenty of pictures: http://www.studio1023.jp/model/layout/l06_kogata/l06_kogata01.html (http://www.studio1023.jp/model/layout/l06_kogata/l06_kogata01.html)
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: Thomas_S on December 21, 2015, 07:36:03 PM
I presume it's for tram operations, given the OP in this thread. Anyway  :welcomesign:

Here's a tram-based layout using essentially the same plan, the page is Japanese but plenty of pictures: [url]http://www.studio1023.jp/model/layout/l06_kogata/l06_kogata01.html[/url] ([url]http://www.studio1023.jp/model/layout/l06_kogata/l06_kogata01.html[/url])


I did even write about an engine house for trams in my post and of course it is for trams in this thread!

TY for the bigger layout, those turnouts are killers though with the prices for Tomix in Europe.
Title: Re: new starter
Post by: mokebloke on February 02, 2016, 05:06:08 PM
Well , i know its not kato track as i said but going to do a micro layout to start with peco track will load photo of track layout .
paul