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Siding Spacings

From: Vince Coventon
Sent: 10 February 2001 19:17
Hi All,
I`m hoping to install a couple of sidings tomorrow. They will be straight, and parallel to each other. What is the minimum recommended distance I should leave between track centres? Obviously I can check for clearance using my own stock, but would like to build in sufficient clearance for future purchases, visiting stock etc.
TIA and Regards,

From: Dave Watkins
Sent: 10 February 2001 21:37
Hi Vince
I use 190 mm (7 1/2"). This looks a rather on the wide side with passing trains of slate wagons but I have found the hard way that it is best to leave plenty of clearance for visiting trains.
Dave Watkins

From: David Rhodes
Started off with 7" spacing.
Changed that following a visit from a "wide" stock friend.
Now use 7 1/2" - seems to suit all comers.
David Rhodes

From: Keith Bucklitch
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2001 10:02 PM
Even with 8" track centres, I have known problems with two wide locos attempting to pass each other during an open day. If you have room, I would suggest 8 1/2" minimum to be sure.

From: John Rogers
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 20:43:29 -0000 Also you need a wider clearance on curves than on straights. Seems obvious, I know, but that's sometimes what we miss.
John Rogers