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New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:16 am

While I've been working on a much smaller oo gauge layout. My partner has decided to move the rooms around and I'm now allowed the small spare room for my trains. It's roughly 7.6 x 6.10 (with the on the right side of the 6.10.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggesting on the kind of things I could do going around the walls and leaving room for the door to open (oo gauge).

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Re: New layout design.

Postby pete12345 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:58 pm

In a square-ish space, it's often worth building the layout on a continuous gradual curve rather than the more normal "straights and corners". The layout feels bigger and curve radii are larger which always looks better.
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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:45 pm

I'll certainly keep that in mind, thank you. I'm looking through the forum atm for ideas, also kinda thinking a raised bit might be an idea. Problem with the 8x4 I was doing was it was very basic and didn't allow for much to be done other than running a couple of trains in a circle (which is probably I haven't been moving a head at a fast pace). Hopefully I should have space to do a bit more.

What do you think would be an OK length train to run on that size of layout?

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Tom@Crewe » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:55 pm

You could take door off and add curtain over opening!
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Re: New layout design.

Postby pete12345 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:58 pm

8x4 slabs or similar are generally a poor use of the space available. A series of shelves around the edge give a better and longer layout for the same area, and the space underneath can be used for storage. A lifting section can bridge the doorway.

Taking the door off is a good option if this can be negotiated. A bi-fold or sliding door might be an acceptable alternative if not.
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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:03 pm

I'm sure my landlord would be well impressed with that :mrgreen:

Well hopefully next weekend I can look at getting a new board put up when we move the house about. Sadly not the biggest room, but it's better than the corner of the bedroom I had.

I think an 8x4 was fine when I was kid, but yeah, atleast now I can do some actual scenery.

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:24 pm

Was looking for ideas is a corner layout a viable option? Something like this seemed like an interesting idea.

http://www.scarm.info/layouts/track_plans.php?ltp=143

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Re: New layout design.

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:33 am

Instead of taking the door off, how about changing it to open outwards (can be put back as it was when you move out!) so then you can run the railway around all 4 walls and just duck under when going in/out? As stated above, running the railway around the walls on shelves with the centre of the room open, is likely to give you a much more satisfying layout than a single solid board.

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Tom@Crewe » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:16 am

Itsonlyme wrote:I'm sure my landlord would be well impressed with that :mrgreen:


If you just take out hinge screw's, so at later date it can be replaced with no damage.
Curtain pole could be the expandable type like some shower curtail poles or some exercise bars. no damage to door frame.

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:58 pm

I think I'll just leave a square for the door, rather than risking the agents moaning. You're only looking at a 28" box in the corner. If it was my house, and we didn't have cats, I'd take the door off.

Does anyone know I'd ant good inspiration sources layout designs, I can't seem to find anything around the size I'm planing.

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Re: New layout design.

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:33 pm

Itsonlyme wrote:Does anyone know I'd ant good inspiration sources layout designs, I can't seem to find anything around the size I'm planing.
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Try http://www.freetrackplans.com/Layout-Plans.php

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:07 pm

Thank you, I'll certainly give that a look

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Ironduke » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:23 pm

What features do you want to include on your layout?
Are you intending to use flexible track or set track only?
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Re: New layout design.

Postby Itsonlyme » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:01 pm

I'll be using flexi track, I have my peco turntable I want to include, mainline Station, sunting area, little bit of a town, probably a bridge.

Room is cleared, now booking a week off to put it all together.

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Re: New layout design.

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:27 pm

Having cats changes everything, keep the door!
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