If you have a finished diamond-crossing, then yes you need to use the group
functions to move it about, and the notch-linking
functions to join it to other templates. It is easy to re-create the group of two templates at any time if you use the prefix tags
on the template names.
However, there is seldom any need to move a finished diamond-crossing. All you need to do is move one of the half-diamonds, and then make a full diamond-crossing from it once it is in position. That's the tools > make diamond-crossing
menu item. It even works starting from a turnout.
But mostly in practice, you wouldn't move a half-diamond template either. Most templates are created in their finished positions in the track plan in the first place. This is especially the case with diamond-crossings and slips.
I have made you 3 short video clips showing the relevant functions doing that.
Sorry the videos are scruffy, I made them quickly without time-consuming editing or adding any interactive notes. They are in online MP4 format, they make take a short while to load. Click the video to stop and start at any frame.
The first one shows how to create an ordinary regular ladder crossove
r, a very common prototype formation. Only one click needed to do that. Here's the video:
The next video shows the tools > make diamond-crossing
function to create a regular diamond-crossing in situ as the track plan develops:
Sometimes you need an irregular diamond-crossing
if the tracks differ in radii. For that you use the make diamond-crossing at intersection
function. Here's the video for that:
Notice in all these videos that the shift & join
functions are not used. They are provided mainly to help beginners get started.
Ask again if anything is unclear. Attach your .box file if it helps.
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