I'm Beltigan, a 34'ish swiss married man who will soon upgrade to the ''dad'' status. Mostly a lurker in these forums, for 1-2 years. And today I seek your expertise.
I've never been into train, I don't know why but it wasn't my favorite when I was a kid. As a grown up I'm more in space/science theme and a bit of SW for display. I'm just dicovering the train theme these days and I kinda like it.
I've got not lego train and no track for now.
but I see, like a lot of other people I think, the downside in the train theme is the space we should have.
I've got a wife, who's not against lego but not really the kind to accept it in the dining room. I've got a cat, who's not against lego because he's a cat but who likes to bite and scatter pieces, because he's a cat. And I will soon have a kid who will not be against lego (I hope) but will start by eating them and that's not good !
I found a perfect spot for a lego display, and I really want to make a Christmas theme decoration. I looked at some diorama here and there and I found some train loops and all.
So, the idea is :
Why not a little loop, with a motorised winter train ?
The problem :
I got a space of 48/133cm, something like 60 by 166 studs. That's small (tiny for y'all trains people I believe).
With this space, I cannot do a 180° with normal train tracks, I'm clearly too short in width if I'm well informed (ouch !)
Possible solution :
1) Use narrow track, that can (if i'm well informed) do a 180° in 48 studs. And buy at 4DBrix some straight narrow track that don't exist in guenine lego. (https://www.4dbrix.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_62&product_id=68)
For this I would have to adapt the carts of the winter train
Does a motorised cart for narrow track exist or is possible to build ?
2) Use guenine lego straight 8 studs tracks with some 24R curved track from Trixbrix (https://www.trixbrix.eu/en_US/p/Curved-Track-R24/32)
If I believe what's said in the product description, the 24R curved track should only be used with the shortest/less rigid type of cart. That would mean adapt the winter train, but less than solution 1.
Does anybody here tried this kind of track ?
3) Use flexible guenine lego track
Found nowhere the number of studs to make a 180° with those ones
4) Be crazy and build a hand made track, like those monorail's gods
Well, is it even possible ? Does it turn enought ? Isn't it just a dream ?
Conclusion / asking for expertise
I'm not gonna buy or start anything with so much questions in my head. That's why I'm coming to the experts in the matter !
Is it just an impossible project, because of the space ?
Did I miss other possibles solutions ?
Do you have any advice, even if it change a little the project ?
Be understanding with my english from Switzerland (sorry !) and Thank you in advance for your support.