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Dear Charles

Straight line segments


Not composed of circular arcs

Do you feel by using different types of Geometrical Shapes viz Ellipse, Pentagon, Astroid etc can help in modeling different types of Railroads i.e. aid in actual construction of new rail routes as well as help in constructing railroads toys for the same.  

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Mr. Akerkar,

Thanks for the question, unfortunately I have no expertise in this area.  Here are my thoughts on it in general.

I think the real motivation in constructing layouts is to emulate the prototypes in and around the country whether here in the U.S. or in another country.  I would think that if it has been done in the prototype arena then it can be done in a model layout.  There are although size and area limitation and also grade limitations.

The only thing I have seen close to your design suggestion is with a Christmas display at a church in Oklahoma City, OK.  This was a spiraling track which the up and down tracks were  alternate layers much like a parking garage.  This was used as an attraction for the smaller audience and not to resemble a prototype.

Charles,  Good luck and Happy Modeling

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Charles Campbell


Questions about Icken Trains ( Fred Icken). Also about electrical workings and problems with electro mechanical pinball machines. Charles


Collected pinball machines for 30 + years and do all work myself. Own a collection of Icken trains. Also many Lionel and American Flyer utems.

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Electical/electronics training, U.S. NAVY. BBA 1970 University of Oklahoma.

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