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Another request for Y-turnouts, so something must be done. :)

I have several times explained how a symmetrical Y-turnout can be improvised from an irregular half-diamond, and I added an option to modify the switch timbering accordingly.

But it seems to go over heads, so I have decided to add another make function to do it automatically:



I will make a bit of video later to show it working.

It will be in the next program update soon.

But please don't ask me when it will be ready, I have been trying to get 227a finished for months. I have made the same mistake I made once before, and left too long a gap between updates. Which means it now contains far too many changes and new features, all of which need finishing and testing before I can release it.

They will also need several pages of explanation and release notes to be written, which makes my heart sink. Especially as I still haven't done any for the previous few updates.  :(

I will do my best to get it done before the end of the year.

Martin.

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Hi Martin
That’ll be a useful feature occasionally, although as you suggest, a true Y is fairly unusual.  As far as explanations are concerned, that screenshot really says everything that needs to be said!

Cheers,
Paul

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Paul Boyd wrote: As far as explanations are concerned, that screenshot really says everything that needs to be said!
Thanks Paul.

Maybe, but there is quite a lot more which needs explaining. The importance of maintaining the split-deflection pegging when making adjustments; how to choose the most suitable switch size before starting; how to make a crossover from a Y-turnout (as for example in terminal engine release roads); what the hand of a Y-turnout means and the effect on shoved timbers; how to add a platform alongside a Y-turnout... :?

One bug I've noticed and fixed is that movable K-crossings have never had the drive slot (tie-bar mark) showing. How come no-one ever mentioned that?

Martin.

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Here's a short video clip showing the new make Y-turnout function:

 https://flashbackconnect.com/Movie.aspx?id=dNJO8HaY3G73Z2URE_7xQw2

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Hi Martin,
Yet another useful feature in Templot :) It will be used a lot by people working on narrow gauge layouts I suspect. A chap who works for Peco told me a few years back that they sell as many Y-turnouts as left/right handed in the narrow gauge ranges.

Look forward to the next version. Thanks for working so hard on it.

Rob


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Rob Manchester wrote: Hi Martin,
Yet another useful feature in Templot :) It will be used a lot by people working on narrow gauge layouts I suspect.
Hi Rob,

Maybe, but it's 10 times easier to use an ordinary handed contraflexure turnout as a Y, which has been available since the beginning of time.

There is a new function for that:



which can be applied to any template, and will adjust the curving so that the turnout radius matches the curving radius. Much quicker than doing it manually while watching the info going to and fro.

cheers,

Martin.

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Martin,

Agreed. Sometimes it is difficult to remember the new functions when they come thick and fast :(

Rob


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Rob Manchester wrote: Martin,

Agreed. Sometimes it is difficult to remember the new functions when they come thick and fast :(

Especially when I never get round to writing up the docs.  :)

This lot might be thick but they are not fast. Last update was 17th June. :(

There's still a lot to do on the new symbols functions (droppers and gaps) before I can release any of it.

Also I haven't finished the upgrades to the tiled maps. I can see that being a game changer now that we can tile the 25" maps, and works on Linux/Wine too.

cheers,

Martin.

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