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Repositioning turnouts without disconnecting track

Started by Bob Bryce, January 02, 2019, 02:27:23 am

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Bob Bryce

January 02, 2019, 02:27:23 am Last Edit: June 16, 2019, 04:41:56 pm by Bob Bryce
Hi David, Happy New Year!

Guess I get the first request of the year!  8) 8) 8)

Here it goes ...

When a turnout is placed in Anyrail, three legs of track are then attached to it.  Many times after doing so, you may find the turnout is not in the exact best position to make things work.  As I can tell, the only way to ever so slightly rotate the switch, or even re-position the switch, is to disconnect everything, move and/or rotate the switch to the next theoretically correct position, reattach the 3 legs and try it out.  If it did not work, start all over again.

Is it possible to incorporate an improvement that will allow the turnout to be either moved and/or rotated without disconnecting and re-attaching the legs, or even just all but one of the 3 legs.  I do realize this may be nearly impossible if using fixed track, but could it be done with flex track.  I also realize there may be adjustments to the flex track after the turnout is relocated, but it would be far easier to do this than the other way.

Again, Happy New Year!    ;D

Bob Bryce

Hi David,

I would like to revisit this request I made several months ago.  Re-positioning a turnout can be quite a chore, even for small moves, as it is very difficult to determine the exact angle you need without going through all the moves I mention above.  Is it just not possible to allow a turnout to be moved when attached to any flex track, even if it is only attached to just one?  I know this request has not generated others to make comments as of yet, but I have a hard time believing many would not benefit from this feature.  Could you look into it and if it is not possible, let me know?


Yes, Keep all the tracks attached to the turnout and only disconnect the tracks from the other tracks. Click on the turnout and the rotate symbol will show, use the Rotate function to move as it has 1/4" increments.  Also use the Cursor keys to move the group, much better than using the mouse as it is too coarse of a movement sometimes.
East Tennessee


I could go for this, as well. I second (third?) the suggestion.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx

C.R. Wagus


I use the method suggested by RCMAN but agree it would be very useful not to have to disconnect the track.  Perhaps the procedure could be done in two steps.  First move the switch and then use the smooth track feature for the connecting tracks.


Tom Springer

Wonder if this could be viewed in an alternate manner: the ability to disconnect a whole "section" at once.  That is, the ends of the outer track items where the isolators occur would be disconnected, not any connections within the section.

If a typical turnout had 3 pieces of track attached, and the turnout plus the 3 pieces were identified as a "section", then disconnecting the section would allow the turnout and attached track to be moved/reoriented, then the attached track ends could be reconnected.

Using a "section" approach would help AnyRail 'know' where the disconnections are to occur, rather than trying to have some means of selecting the track pieces and have AnyRail try to determine which ends are where the disconnection should occur.

Just a thought.
Tom Springer

(Unintentional Pyromaniac)


To disconnect a section: double click on one of its pieces to select the section. Then click 'Disconnect' on the top menu.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.

Tom Springer

David, thank you.

In my view (only), sounds like a solution is already in place...
Tom Springer

(Unintentional Pyromaniac)

Bob Bryce

Is this request being considered.  Disconnecting a section still does not allow the turnout to be rotated without disconnecting the turnout from all the tracks.