Favorite 4x8 (and similar sized) Layouts

dak94dav Jul 14, 2016

  1. dak94dav

    dak94dav TrainBoard Member

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    Call me crazy, but I like 4x8s. I often use Microsoft Paint to edit MR's project layouts and other 4x8 track plans into all sorts of combinations with different eras, locales, and themes. Does anyone have some favorite 4x8 (or similar sized) layouts that have been published or used as project railroads?

    Mine are:
    •The Omaha Road (MR 1/13)
    •The Virginian (MR 1/12)
    •The Salt Lake Route (MR 1/10)
    •Virginia & Southern (MR 3/16)
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    There was one Model Railroader did ages ago, (HO) and had a booklet about it. Wish I could recall the name. Something like "A Four By Eight That Grows"?
     
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    I've seen that booklet places too, but never looked into it. I would like to see it
     
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    Since I have not read a MR since 2007, none of those layouts mean anything to me.
     
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  7. RailMix

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    Hands down, I like the old Pigeon Creek and Thawvlle plan published in Model Railroader back around 1967. Fair scenic possibilities, good way freight operation, and an out-and-back track plan that provided a long mainline run for its size.
     
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    Sounds like a good plan, maybe I'll come across it some day.
     
  9. BoxcabE50

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    I believe that was in the December, 1967 issue of MR.
     
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    Yeah. That's it. The area where the track branches off to the left was occupied by a terminal on the original. Perhaps something backwoods like E.L Moore's terminal from his Elizabeth Valley or perhaps something busier like the addition from Olsen's Jerome and Southwestern would fill the bill. (When it comes to track planning, I can copy a lot better than I can invent.)
     
  12. BoxcabE50

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    Yes. That's the layout they made into one of their softcover booklets. The layout that grows. I had a copy of that booklet, long ago. Might have been the first such they ever did?
     

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