The Best Way to Change Levels
What exactly is a LAGGIES Helix?
A Helix is a spiral, on which a train can run from one level to another higher or lower one - meaning the train runs upwards or downwards on the Helix. The Helix has a consistant incline so that the train can even overcome big differences in height.
When do I need a Helix?
The possible applications many-fold and diverse. Here are some examples:
- Getting to a higher or lower level
- Reaching a station under the installation
- Connect to installations of different heights
How do the trains not derail when they go along the curves in the helix?
The outer curves of the track helix are around 3 mm higher. This significantly improves driving safety and reduces rolling resistance.
What versions of LAGGIES Helix are available?
There are track helices for H0 and N gauges – a perfect complement to the specific conditions of individual railway manufacturers. All track helices can be set up to run in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
How can I overcome even bigger height differences with the Helix?
Every Helix needs a so-called Basic Helix. This Basic Helix includes the entrance and the exit of the Helix. On each of these Basic Helix additional Helix can be added, until the desired height is reached.
What does a LAGGIES Helix Kits include?
A kit contain carefully crafted track segments made from 4 mm high plywood as well as compatible stands and holders.
The Basic Helix
The basic helix comprises 1 1/2 circles. The crossing height as well as the entrance and exit can be reached with a basic helix.
The Add-on Helix
The add-on helix comprises a full circle. As many add-on helices as you like can be placed on a basic helix. In this way, even the biggest height differences in the tightest of spaces can be handled smoothly.
Note: the height differences that can be bridged by a basic or add-on helix are detailed in this table.