Add a Couple of Spurs

Two spur lines emanate from the siding created in the previous exercise thus it will be necessary to add two turnouts (Atlas Snap Switches) to the siding. To make the task of placing these turnouts easier, use View>Zoom from the Menu Bar or the "Change drawing scale" Tool Bar button to change the drawing scale to a ratio of 6:1.

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Add Two Right Hand Turnouts

Select the "Atlas #851, Right Snap Switch" from the Hotbar.

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Drag the turnout to the layout and place it over-top of the flex track, immediately next to the 'Atlas #835, 18" 10D Curved' track that was placed in the last exercise. Don't worry about disconnecting or modifying the underlying flex track as once the turnout is fixed in place, XTrkCad will perform this task for you. When placing the turnout ensure the diverging route curves inward toward the centre of the layout. If the diverging route curves away from the centre of the layout, hold the shift key and click on the turnout with the left mouse key. This action causes the next End-Point to become active and makes placing the turnout easier.

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If you watch the info bar at the bottom of the window while dragging the turnout, you'll notice that the message will change. When the turnout is placed exactly on top of the existing track, the message will inform you that two connections have been made. Once oriented correctly, press the space bar to fix the turnout in position.

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Position a second turnout over-top of the flex track and to the immediate left of the first turnout. Again, don't worry about disconnecting or modifying the underlying flex track as once the turnout is fixed in place, XTrkCad will perform this task for you. When placing the turnout ensure the diverging route curves inward toward the centre of the layout. If the diverging route curves away from the centre of the layout, hold the shift key and click on the turnout with the left mouse key. This action causes the next End-Point to become active and makes placing the turnout easier.

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Once oriented correctly, press the space bar to fix the turnout in position.

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Extend Diverging Routes

The diverging routes could be extended by drawing two separate pieces of flex track on the Main Window, then connecting such to the diverging leg of each turnout. There is however a simpler way. Let's start the process by zooming out of the drawing area using View>Zoom from the Menu Bar or the "Change drawing scale" Tool Bar button to change the drawing scale to a ratio of 12:1. Select Change>Modify from the Menu Bar, the "Modify or extend track" Tool Bar button or the press the <Ctrl+M> keys to issue a "Modify or extend track" command.

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Position the cursor over the end of the diverging leg of the turnout that's located on the right most side of the siding; the first turnout that was placed during this exercise. Click and hold the left mouse button while moving the cursor to the right and downward. As the cursor is moved away from the turnout the diverging leg will extend. Continue extending the leg until it reaches a length of approximately 24". The track length can be viewed in the status bar located along the bottom edge of the Main Window. Release the left mouse button once the desired track length has been.

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Position the cursor over the end of the diverging leg of the turnout that's located to the left of the turnout that was just modified; the second turnout that was placed during this exercise. Click and hold the left mouse button while moving the cursor to the right and downward. As the cursor is moved away from the turnout the diverging leg will extend. Continue extending the leg until it reaches a length of approximately 36". The track length can be viewed in the status bar located along the bottom edge of the Main Window. Release the left mouse button once the desired track length has been.

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Establish Specific Spur Lengths

The "Describe" mode can be used to change many of the attributes associated with a track element. For example; "Describe" mode can be used to change the length or position of a section of flex track. When using the "Describe" mode, one must be aware that if a track is connected to other tracks, some values (ie. End Point positions) cannot be changed.

In this step of the exercise, the "Describe" mode will be used to set an exact length for each spur line. Select Change>Properties from the Menu Bar, the "Describe objects" Tool Bar button or the press the <Ctrl+?> keys to select "Describe" mode.

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Move the cursor over the section of flex track that forms the short spur line then press the left mouse button. The Property Sheet for this section of flex track will open. Position the cursor in the "Length" field then modify the existing entry to read 24. Watch the section of flex track in Main Window as the field is updated. Its length will be modified shortly after making the change. Once the correct value has been entered in the "Length" field, click on the "Done" button to close the Property Sheet.

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Move the cursor over the section of flex track that forms the long spur line then press the left mouse button. The Property Sheet for this section of flex track will open. Position the cursor in the "Length" field then modify the existing entry to read 36. Watch the section of flex track in Main Window as the field is updated. Its length will be modified shortly after making the change. Once the correct value has been entered in the "Length" field, click on the "Done" button to close the Property Sheet.

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