Building My First Layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Chessie6459, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I am building my first model railroad. It is going to about the pennsylvania rr. Could someone help me out with a track plan. I don't want it to be big. Just a bedroom sized layout. The era will be from 1940 to 1950. I plan to model in HO Scale. I will be running some small Steam Engines and some of the First Generation Diesels.
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge! You will find many will help you with your track plan, but more info is really needed. Room dimensions, along with known locations of doors, windows etc. Mainline or branch? Do you want a major engine facility? Are you a runner or operator or a mix of both? Does it have to have contain a loop or is point-to-point O.K.? Is multi-level O.K.? What about staging? If you want staging is hidden O.K.? :)
  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I will get you those room dimensions and the locations of doors, windows. I would like it to be a small branch line. Yes i would like a engine facility. I am both a runner and a operator. A loop to loop would be fine with me. Yes i would like staging on the layout. Multi-level would be nice too. Like i said before i will get the dimensions of my bedroom and put them on here.
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    How do you feel about duckunders?
  5. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    Might seem kind of a silly question, but are you modelling the Pennsy because you just like the equipment, or do you want to model specific Pennsy landmarks? (The Horseshoe Curve comes to mind...) Quite possibly this could have some impact on a trackplan.
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Is the whole bedroom to be used as a train room, or do we have to work around a human? :D :D :D
  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi LiveSteamer!
    Welcome to The Gauge!
    I think the Pennsy brancjline sounds like a great idea!:cool:

    My advice to you would be to try & get yiour hands on as many published track ploans as possible...There are lots of books filled with all sorts & sizes of plans...
    Also, Model Railroader magazine (Kalmbach Publications) puts out an annual publication called Model RR Planning. These always feature small, bedroom sized plans, & some are quite innovative. You can find these in many hobby shops, & I'm sure you can order current & back issues from the MR website -
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I plan to later build a layout of altoona up to the gallitzin tunnels, but that is for future planning. I really don't like duckunders because i would hit my head too much. Just a simple around the wall layout would be good.
  9. The Kalmbach book 'Classic Railroads You Can Model' has a roughly bedroom sized -- if you go N-scale -- trackplan of Horseshoe and the Gallitzin tunnels. Should be in your LHS.
    In HO, its closer to Garage sized :)

    for N, I think Horseshoe is modeled with 30" radius curves
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I think i am going to go with the N Scale now that you mention that. I have some pennsy equipment in N Scale that was my dad's but now is mine.

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