Small layout track plan ideas...

trainsbybob Oct 4, 2009

  1. trainsbybob

    trainsbybob TrainBoard Member

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    Hi All,

    I recentley began construction on a small (3x5) HO layout. I have some track and other needed supplies needed to complete the project, but I'm lacking ideas. I plan on using 15" radius curves with 18" easments. Can anyone provide a picture and advice of a similar project that they've completed?

    Thanks,
    Manny
     
  2. hotrod4x5

    hotrod4x5 TrainBoard Member

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  3. jdetray

    jdetray TrainBoard Member

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  4. Triplex

    Triplex TrainBoard Member

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    I think this is more appropriate:
    Small Layout Design [Home]
    In Europe, 18" isn't regarded as a standard minimum; smaller sectional curves are common, and much equipment is designed to run on them.
     
  5. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    This is going to sound strange, but your space issues are what most O scalers deal with. I often go to O scale forums to seed what they are doing to deal with space issues. he he They have to use those tiny 36" curves.

    You might check into Peco #4 turn outs.

    I'm not a scale snob. So pick your scale and run with it, but with your space you could really go nuts with N or z scale. Or else consider Hon3, or even On30.

    I just reread your post and see that you have ho scale track. I'd just start laying track out on the floor and see what happens and what looks and feels good. Maybe even put it all together and run a couple trains to test couplers on cruves and such.
     
  6. trainsbybob

    trainsbybob TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks,

    All your input is greatly accepted! I am using HO track, but I do own some On30 equipment. I know I can get by with a lot more in that scale, but I wanted to see what I could do with HO standard gauge trains. Maybe a branchline or something along the lines with a rr museum?
     
  7. HemiAdda2d

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    A logging or logging line would work well in that scale, especially a point-to-point operation.
     

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