Feb 4, 2016
In the process of building my home layout now after moving two years ago
I have an around the walls N gauge layout with a single track main in an 8' X 11' bedroom. 8' yard and several switching locations. Not running presently for a switch replacement project and helix installation for connection to a planned upper level.
I have the JACALAR, in my Train Shed; plus my SV FreeMoN modules (over 30 linear feet) which can be set up; and a soon to be 3'x5' test oval and programming track.
Congratulations to the "yeses!"
Had to tear down this time last yer. Building new now slowly. 11 X 11 shaped - got it ti where I can run the main line - messing with how the rest will go.
Currently and sadly, no. Several years ago life changed and I had to move and my layout under construction went into storage. I've moved twice since then and still have not had a proper space for it. The basement of this house is musty and crumbly so it's not ideal. At least I've got a work bench and family craft area that I can work on stuff at. Now to get into the storage unit (all the way in the back) and rediscover just what do I own.
I have a large N scale layout in a train room 12'x21" The layout is an inverse "U" shape and is in operation going on eight years. 100% of the basic scenery has been completed and at this point, I'm working on fine detailing. I'm using a NCE radio controlled Power Pro for DCC and the layout is divided into three power districts.
Having fun with it....
Not exactly, but throwing together some Unitrack takes only a few minutes!
I am working on benchwork though.
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Including the test track on my work bench? I guess my hand full of T-Track modules fits, so yes.
Yup...test track counts...you CAN run trains !
I have thought that if I ever 'owned' a house again...I would make modules. I would make smaller return loops then FreeMoN uses for the ends. With the modules you can always mix em up and basically NOT have the same layout all the time.
** I imagine even if a guy rented and had a spare room modules would work great
I have mine in a 10'x 10' tin shed. The layout is in disrepair and needs a restoration job.
The weather here in Big Bear Country isn't conducive to having a model railroad in such. Thanks to Sleeper and a kind gift of foam insulation that I finallly got around to installing last summer. The temperature can now be kept at a consistent level year around. The mousers are enjoying it. Great home for the three of them.
The layout isn't modular as such but it is sectional. I built it keeping in mind I may need to move it in the near future. That may happen this summer. We shall see.
I can't consider a loop of Unitrack I use to test decoder installs. I satisfy my running desires with 3 four foot Ntrak corners and a fourth under construction, 4 six foot and 2 four foot Ntrak modules.
No home layout for me. No room in the house and the barn isn't weather tight enough or clean enough to do anything there. That is why I belong to an Ntrak club and run there.
I think your definition of "layout" is a little too broad. For instance, I currently need to get a "track warrant" from the Mrs. to put a test loop of Kato Unitrack on the diningroom table to test things between meals. Does that count? I hope not. I was doing better under the Christmas tree in the livingroom before we had to move. So, I joined a club. And, I am PLANNING a couple of layouts. One 3' x 9+' that should get started soon, plus one in a 65' x 12' space that needs build-out and climate control IF I get to stay here.
Well, this one was started in 2007 and is still being enjoyed. Great for operations. Always some thing to upgrade or add for better performance and FUN!
Currently building an around the room 21 ft x 10 ft layout section by section and been working on that for little over a year now. Also have a Kato Unitrak setup W/O scenery on a shelf above the work bench. Then there's two finished 4 ft Ntrak modules that I take to shows and a pair of 3 ft modules for an Asian themed layout that I do with one other person. So I keep busy running my trains.
Yours is exactly the situation that the poll adresses. Someone who loves to run trains especially at home. I understand the situation of no room at home...so people join a club.
Or they build a layout in an old RV
BUT....Is that club running enough of a fix......or do people NEED to run trains at home too ? Putting up a 'test track' at home to run trains surely gets people that running their train fix.
So yea.... "Anything you actually run trains on at home counts"
After having a 3x6 oval for years and not doing much with it, I designed a scale track plan of 1960's CB&Q's industrial line in Galesburg Illinois. It's my home layout built of three 18-inch wide by 48-inch long modules and connects with a friends modules to create a seamless connection with the Santa Fe. All of the modules fit in my Cherokee so I take them to shows, in fact if anyone is planning on coming to the Ohio N Scale Weekend in May, stop by and say Hi!