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    Quote Originally Posted by Evictoria View Post
    My method for laying track:

    1) Don't use the easement tool; use the snap to track option instead (lower left flyout)
    2) Lay the straight stretches first; make them longer than necessary for now
    3) Following your decals or route markers, join the straights with curves; overlap ends as needed (using the snap-to option you do NOT HAVE to start at the end or meet at the end of tracks. Try several "takeoff" points from your "near" straight until your curve matches your plan. If it won't snap-to the "far" straight, change your takeoff point. Only on rare occasions should you need to make a curve in two pieces to get it aligned.
    4) Delete the overlaps and weld the joins
    Tori,

    Know your swamped right now with your route but if you had any free time to put this into a video tutorial I would be forever grateful. I just can't seem to translate this into practice without seeing it done by a master.

    Regards,
    Trevor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evictoria View Post
    My method for laying track:

    1) Don't use the easement tool; use the snap to track option instead (lower left flyout)
    2) Lay the straight stretches first; make them longer than necessary for now
    3) Following your decals or route markers, join the straights with curves; overlap ends as needed (using the snap-to option you do NOT HAVE to start at the end or meet at the end of tracks. Try several "takeoff" points from your "near" straight until your curve matches your plan. If it won't snap-to the "far" straight, change your takeoff point. Only on rare occasions should you need to make a curve in two pieces to get it aligned.
    4) Delete the overlaps and weld the joins
    Hi Tori, thanks for the help, perhaps now track laying won't seem so intimidating. One question though, I have the DEM for the route, but do I need to put in track beds before I lay the track? Or does have the DEM take care of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OSR View Post
    Hi Tori, thanks for the help, perhaps now track laying won't seem so intimidating. One question though, I have the DEM for the route, but do I need to put in track beds before I lay the track? Or does have the DEM take care of that?
    Just now saw this....

    After connecting all my track and trimming the leftover scrap pieces out for a mile or two, I use the Gradient tool to "pin" the track at 2 places that look like the grade/elevation is accurate. Even 1/9 DEM data has some variation in accuracy. Once I pin those two spots down using the yellow gradient pins (markers) and the "L" key, I delete any remaining pins, and click once more on an end pin. This will spring the track straight from one pin to the next. Ideally, the longer you can keep the same grade, the better. Even in my mountain terrain I have a couple of stretches of consistent grade for 4-5 miles.

    To complete the trackbed I use the Snap tool to bring the terrain up to the bottom of my track. I usually set the Snap tool brush settings to 11 Width, 0.5 Falloff, and 10 Base. The slope/embankment settings vary depending on the surrounding terrain. Then if needed, adjust any splines individually using the terrain tools to get pleasing embankments.

    Now that I have [painstakingly] perfected my technique I am next going to build something easy... the flattest thing around... like something in Nebraska!!

    Tori

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evictoria View Post
    Now that I have [painstakingly] perfected my technique I am next going to build something easy... the flattest thing around... like something in Nebraska!!

    Tori
    Let me know if you do, I'm a local and will help with the research. Rebuilding the CNW Cowboy Line is on my to-do wish list. The UP mailine would also be a good candidate for a route build.

    Trevor

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    Is anyone doing the UP "Triple Track"?

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    I didn't see this one listed. Maybe I missed it. Anyway, it does the trick as far as making yard ladders.

    http://www.3dtrains.com/forums/index...howtopic=16099

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    Once again DTG has blown up something useful, please note that more than half of the posted links now do not exist

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSdville View Post
    please note that more than half of the posted links now do not exist
    Also note that you're posting to a 3-1/2 year old thread. Things will change and people will move on over that period.
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