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Blue Ridge Parkway - 2 Lane Routed Track

dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 16 Jan 2013

Hello all
I have started building my new track. I decided to call it the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I was looking for names and came across the actual Blue Ridge Parkway and decided it fitted with what I wanted for my track.

I looked up 'Parkway' and in the US "the word was expanded to include limited-access highways designed for recreational driving of automobiles, with landscaping. These parkways provided scenic routes without very slow or commercial vehicles, at grade intersections, or pedestrian traffic.

Sounded just what I wanted a scenic place for recreation driving. The Blue Ridge Parkway seems such a lovely place, with some nice scenic elements. As I am also incorporating a model railroad in the space I might call it the Blue Ridge Narrow gauge line and use some of the scenic elements like the Mabry Mill and the old farm houses,

Here are the some early build shots with my chief router and foreman :) and a video of a battery powered car doing a lap.
(The car doesn't grip on some of the tighter turns)



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Will keep posting updates here


cheers
David
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Ember's Photo Ember 16 Jan 2013

Good to see it start David. Exciting times ahead.
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neil's Photo neil 16 Jan 2013

good luck on your build,,, car flows nicely,, it'll be better with more power & grip,,,,,. Are you planning lots of trees,,,, And what scale train are you going to use?
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 16 Jan 2013

Hi Neil, yes I think there will be a few trees.
I am also planning on incorporate the Blue Ridge Viaduct into the scenery is some manner or form. I do have a couple of spots in mind, or I may make the whole back straight into the viaduct including half the turns at the right end.

I have 4 different scaled trains set ups - but the main one for the track will be 1/48 ON30 - this allows me to run HO trains as well. I also have N Scale and thought about putting a loop around the outside of the board to run these as well, they make for impressive long trains, plus I have the original Bullet Train as well.

My slot/train space is 2.4m wide by 8m long so what I am planning is 4.8x1.2 slot track and 2.4 x 1.2 with a little bit extra on one side for a yard. I will be doing this layout - I like it because it has 5 bridges :)

cheers
David
Edited by dangermouse, 16 January 2013 - 09:02 PM.
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KarKraft's Photo KarKraft 16 Jan 2013

Great stuff David. I'll have to do routed one day - Le Mans of course.

(As an aside, can I suggest you get a better dust mask? Those ones are not meant for toxic stuff. If you don't have a cartridge type, get disposable ones with two straps.)
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 16 Jan 2013

Hey DM,
Might wanna put some F22's on the battery car :D .
Got my pre-ordered Sideways Zakspeed JPS Capri the other day and it was just as wild out of the box.

Track looks like it might be a fast one, keen to follow its progression.
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 17 Jan 2013

My thoughts re the elevations around the track.

Thinking of putting a viaduct on the front right turn and along the back straight - not sure how far maybe 1/3 of the straight

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thanks for all the kind words

will keep regular updates happening.

Found lots of photos on the net, of rustic fences, dry stone walls and roads curving around rock faces.

cheers
David

(Thanks KK I do have the 3M masks as well with the little filter on the front - nasty stuff that gets in everything that MDF dust)
Edited by dangermouse, 17 January 2013 - 02:25 PM.
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KarKraft's Photo KarKraft 17 Jan 2013

Just as a thought, try swapping the overpass around and see what you think, with the straightish bit being the one with briefly restricted view instead of the bend.
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 17 Jan 2013

A mighty good thought KK

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hmm which way to go - I do like the possibilities this way offers I think it flows better - sweet!

cheers
David
Edited by dangermouse, 18 January 2013 - 08:09 AM.
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 18 Jan 2013

Did some cutting out this morning
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cheers
DM
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shadow_rusty's Photo shadow_rusty 18 Jan 2013

Looking the business DM...
Definately agree that the tunnel should be this way...
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 19 Jan 2013

Looking good DM.
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Ember's Photo Ember 19 Jan 2013

Surely there's room for more climb than that. Go on. You know you want to.
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 19 Jan 2013

Oh yeah the elevations as they appear are only what we did with a couple of bricks - next job is to take the old track off the table so I can put the new one up and then set it up properly. I want a bit of up and down in the back straight if I can get it.
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Ember's Photo Ember 19 Jan 2013

Of course you can get it. The question is more 'how far do you want to push it'
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 20 Jan 2013

:)
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 03 Feb 2013

Playing with the elevations

A couple of videos from each end with a car running at 3v



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cheers
David
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thekop's Photo thekop 03 Feb 2013

Looking good. :D
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mondeoman's Photo mondeoman 03 Feb 2013

looks good David - where did you hide the rest of your cars?
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 04 Feb 2013

Looks great DM. How did the strips go ?
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