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Well, I've said it for years, now I get to put my money where my mouth is. I put a ramp at the end of my drag strip.



I used a couple of Tomy loop track with the support...



... and pulled the rail out of a Tomy 3" straight to cut the power.



I only have 16' to work with, with a wall at the end.



Works pretty good for stock, magnet cars. But, any serious drag car would mimic the space shuttle.

 

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Hmmm. Ditch the 3" dead strip... go up to the ceiling and hit another loop set up, and then run another strip's worth of track and you can have a return lane!!! :lol: The magnet cars will make it!! :p:p
 

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Seriously- that's just WRONG ! Personally, I'd just CUT a Hole in the Wall and extend the shutdown into a Boxed-In addition to your Garage, Outside :D
 

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BTW- I'm guessing that the staging end of your track begins right at a doorway to your house or something? If so, why didn't you reverse the direction of the track, and make a folding shutdown area that crosses the path of the doorway ? I'm NOT Joking ! When you're Drag racing- you have a longer shutdown area, but when Not in use, just fold it down and out of the way ?
 

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nice application of much discussed theory. now, try a rail on that! LOL
Thanks Al,

I tried to find when I first posted about this, but its lost in the threads.
And thanks for posting the length of a 64th scale 1/8th mile track in your thread.
Since there is no timing involved on my track, I may move my finish line up a section or two.
 

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Hey Ralph,
That is a good idea, the fold up run out...
Thing is, if I flipped the track around, it wouldn't work.
The lights would be backed up against the wall, and I cant
leave the garage door open at the start line in bad weather.
The way its set up is the way I always intended, and why I thought about ramps.
 

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Hey Ralph,
That is a good idea, the fold up run out...
Thing is, if I flipped the track around, it wouldn't work.
The lights would be backed up against the wall, and I cant
leave the garage door open at the start line in bad weather.
The way its set up is the way I always intended, and why I thought about ramps.
I could be wrong, but if you short each lane after the dead section wouldn't that act the same as having a brake on the controller and help shorten the stop distance? You could still use the ramp but the added "brake" might help.
 

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tas, yep, that is known as dynamic braking. even more effective is a 9 volt battery wired in reverse polarity for better braking.
 

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Even the fast cars work great with the extra 15" section of straight.
We will run mostly stock class cars. Let me rephrase that, "box stock".
We won't be needing a big extravagant shut down area with these cars.
If I had a more professional track, I would. Thanks for the ideas.
 

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You could make up the added distance needed for a scale 1/4 mile by adding a couple loops before the shut down... And if the cars are too fast, put a whole loop or two after for the shut down.
 

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The idea of a loop from the ceiling return track just made me laugh hard enough that coffee shot out my nose.

Thanks for that.

I think that NTxSlotCars idea is really great i had the shutdown area longer then the powered section and i still had to put a pillow at the end to catch cars.
 
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