The right layout

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The right layout

Postby iceboy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:42 pm

How do you know for sure that you have the right layout,has anyone started then ripped it up and started again?.
I've been looking at a few layouts..but I need to include a small village or town and an industrial area,but can't decide on an actual layout or imagine an actual
layout..I don't want to keep buying track and laying it down and not getting anywhere..could I get all I want in 7ft x 4ft area?.and how do you include electrics
to run lights etc.
Do I run them on electric or battery?.any help or advice would be appreciated or links to help me.

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Re: The right layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:02 pm

First off is your site, there's 7x4ft in the middle of a room, 7x4ft in a corner and 7x4ft in a 4ft deep alcove. Anything over 2'6" from an accessible edge becomes uncomfortable to work at particularly if it is above normal desk top height. A bit more depth say 7ft x 5ft with an operating well in the middle might be a far more useful size. Have a look at some of the layout planning books from Peco see if they give you some ideas.
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Re: The right layout

Postby iceboy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:18 pm

7ft x 4ft accessible all sides..wanted to do a Christmas scene for the villiage ect.will look at the peco layouts. thanks :D

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Re: The right layout

Postby Emettman » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:57 pm

iceboy wrote:7ft x 4ft accessible all sides..wanted to do a Christmas scene for the villiage ect.will look at the peco layouts. thanks :D


In that case, exactly as Bufferstop says, a 7x5 -ish, layout, with a central operating space but with the long edge against a wall, or set in a corner with two edges to the walls, will almost certainly take up less overall space, be easier to build and maintain, and offer better options for a track plan, most especially allowing gentler curves.

On combining track and scenery, it can be a very useful idea to have one or more light, removable, sections of scenery which bridge over a plain length of the oval
This not only disguises somewhat the oval nature of the track but lets a part of the board do double duty, as a village or mine can be added on top without eating into the space needed for track.

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Re: The right layout

Postby abenn » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:45 am

I ripped up my 00 gauge layout and started again with N gauge :D I was unhappy with my 00 layout, and went to N gauge to get more-realistic train lengths in the same board size. But the inspiration for the layout of my N gauge was from a display I saw at a show, which had a single-track high level track which crossed over a multi-track "ground level" layout at one point.

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Re: The right layout

Postby b308 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:18 am

iceboy wrote:How do you know for sure that you have the right layout,has anyone started then ripped it up and started again?.


Everyone who has built a layout has done that! I don't know anyone who has been satisfied with their first attempt...

A solid 7x4 is ok if you can access all sides and don't have to move it around, if it is intended to be portable then it needs to be in sections, 7x4 is far to bulky. Power it by mains electric using mains controllers, not batteries, they won't last long enough...

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Re: The right layout

Postby alex3410 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:47 pm

yes several times! :lol:

varying reasons but normally its down to an increase in skills / confidence wanting to try something better then you had before - the latest layout for example is the best i have done so far but in the back of my mind i am toying with the idea of pulling it all up again :roll:

the trouble is if I dont stick with one i wont ever get it finished!

i would also like to give N a try to get more in the area i have but have to much invested in 00 to make the switch

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Re: The right layout

Postby georgehgv » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:23 pm

alex3410 wrote:yes several times! :lol:

varying reasons but normally its down to an increase in skills / confidence wanting to try something better then you had before - the latest layout for example is the best i have done so far but in the back of my mind i am toying with the idea of pulling it all up again :roll:

the trouble is if I dont stick with one i wont ever get it finished!

i would also like to give N a try to get more in the area i have but have to much invested in 00 to make the switch



I thought like that but sold it all on Ebay and reinvested in N Gauge, best thing I ever did, I am just building my second layout now avoiding the mistakes made on the first one. If you bear in mind that N Gauge only needs a quarter of the space of OO you can run decent length trains easily. My layout is 3600mm x 750mm with sweeping curved mainline station and return lines along the rear of the layout. Nelevator will provide the fiddle yard storage/display/through track all in one.
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Re: The right layout

Postby Marcus » Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:18 pm

Hi.
I had similar issues as yourself but once I knew what direction I was going in it all came together.
My first train layout was also in 00 that I purchased complete on eBay, I was limited with space so decided that when I start my own build, "N" would be my choice. I have a largish space for the build but like yourself, I wanted to run longer trains and "N" is definitely more of a challenge on the build side.
Feel free to look at my build so far, will watch this with interest :D viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48140


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