How large is your layout?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by RobertInOntario, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I have a 4x6' HO/OO layout that has kept me quite busy for the past two years, both in terms of creating scenery as well as in operating model trains. (I'm pretty much a "lone wolf" at the moment but would like to connect with other modelers in east Toronto.)

    I was curious, however, to find out what are some of the other common layout sizes used by Gauge members? I know some folks have huge layouts that practically fill up entire basements, that require several operators. Others are maybe 8x10' while some might be tiny switching operations.

    I would set this question up as a poll but I'm not sure how to divide up the voting options -- so I'll simply toss it out as a question.

    The time will probably come when I'll want to build a bigger layout or expand my 4x6 somehow, although we don't have the room at the moment!


  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    My layout was designed to occupy about 3/4 of the basement, and I designed and built the house with that in mind. However, after the benchwork was in, but before I began to install roadbed, about 250 square feet were lost to "other family uses" :rolleyes: , leaving me with an oddly shaped room of about 560 square feet. This resulted in a severely altered trackplan, with excessive grades and curvature. If I ever find the time, about 2/3 of the layout will be doubledecked. While the layout could probably support 2 or 3 operators, it's set-up to be a one-man show. Currently, it's point-to-point, with a staging yard at one end and a smaller staging area at the other. Double-decking will add a third "-to-point" destination, with another staging yard. There is provision for run-through operation, useful for when the grandkids come to play. :thumb:
    My ideal layout room would be about 10' wide and 60' or 70' long. sign1

  3. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    3'x6', in HOn3. I am considering a small yard extension. I do have two small spare bedrooms in the house. One is to become an office and the other probably a guest room. The layout is in with the office. I don't think I could go much bigger, though, even if I was to take up a whole room. I would not want the layout to block any windows, and I would also want someplace in the room to sit down. I could possibly squeeze a 4x8 somewhere...

  4. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Mine is about 11 x 13. Essentially, It's an elaborate double tracked figure eight, with a large intermodal yard (about 8 feet long or so) along one wall. I can easily run 3 trains by myself. I can add a fourth with a second operator. I have a couple of spurs to lay, but otherwise the trackwork is complete. Scenery is about half done. I do, however, need to correct a mistake I made when laying the double track mainline. I wasn't being careful enough I suppose and the two tracks get a bit too close around one of the bends.
  5. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I have a 12' x 1 1/2' HO shelf layout.
  6. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    14' x 10' "L" shaped shelf layout (15" shelves) will be my layout.
  7. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, guys. This is all interesting and I enjoy comparing these layouts.

    Currently, I don't have a lot of space and usually have to put my 4x6' layout away after use (I lean the layout board against the wall and pack up my locos). The positive side of this is that my locos and stock are wrapped up and well-protected.

    In other threads, I've asked members about converting attic or garage space into layout rooms but it's probably more practical for us to simply move -- in a few years -- to a much larger house. I'm sure I could easily "expropriate" some basement or spare bedroom space!

    Another option to gain more layout space is to build an N gauge layout! But that means starting out from scratch when I have all this HO/OO stuff!

    Thanks again, Rob
  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    12.5 X 20 feet for me in a U shape.
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I have a 16x18' room but the layout occupies (nominally) 2 feet out from the wall.
    Robert: I think you should book the Doubleheaders' home layout tour on your calender (March 31). A Saturday out in the Kitchener area and you get to see up to 40 layouts (look, nobody has ever managed to get to all 40 in one day!) and how they've been fitted in. And there's a wide variety of sizes.
  10. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, David. I think I'd like that! I'd probably only get to 3-4 layouts though as I'd probably spend an hour at each one! I'll keep it in mind as we do occasionally visit K-W.

  11. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    The way I figure it is that my layout size is 10 X 18. I have added a second tier of elevated track, which doubled the running space and adds a more dimensional approach to the ordinary loop. I have considered even adding another tier by incorporating higher mountains and steeper valleys.

    With a head full of ideas I am quickly finding size is not limited to the actual floor space I have to work with. By using a wide assortment of curve sizes the sky is the limited for a layout design. The only limiting factor would be if you needed every rail line with large curves.

    [FONT=&quot]I based my layout design on several different ones that I have looked at. I guess you can say that I kit-base my layouts together to make something that is unique to my taste. I just steal the good ideas from all of the ones that I like.[/FONT]
  12. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    4x8 in O27 gauge.
    Not nearly as big as I had originally invisioned but having the 4x8 in the living room beats a 10x12 L-shape in a cold, damp basement with poor access and worse lighting.
  13. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    currently i am living in a small apartment:rolleyes:, so at this time i have an 8' x 30'' switching layout. :D-Deano
  14. radar

    radar Member

    11x14 around the walls 2 walls 3' wide L shaped 2 walls 1'wide above the work bench.:D
  15. iis612

    iis612 Member

    when I have it done it will be 12'x12', somewhat shaped like a G except it will be full circle with a peninsula.
  16. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    My N-scale layout is a 30" wide L-shape with the long leg 9' and the short leg 6', not nearly big enough in my mind, too big in my wife's mind!
  17. Mannix

    Mannix Member

    My HO layout is in "The Train Room" which is 9' X 19'. It is 3' wide on the one side and it runs 19'. The one end is 3' wide and runs 9', and the other side is 2' wide and runs 10'. The layout is built in the form of the number 6. I have the landscaping left to do, but that is not my favorite part of the hobby. I prefer laying track and doing the wiring. However, I started some landscaping yesterday.
  18. paceway

    paceway New Member

    My layout is going to be about 40' x 60' when I get done with it. The one section I am working on now is 14'x40'. The rest is in a "T" shape about 24'x46'. Late 1800 vintage narrow gauge looging & minning with some passenger service. I have lots of room for trees and landscape. That's the hard part.

    The B & L Railroad & Minning Company is an on going project planned for the next five years. All track & switches are hand laid and buildings are scratch built.

    I do have my work cut out....

    Oh did I mension that it's g scale on almost 1/2 acre...
  19. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

    4X16 oval with an inner line, smalll yard and a coulple of reversing loops. The track is permanently laid and I'm getting ready to wire the swithceh and the loops. I plan on separating the front section from the back section with tall hills or a butte that hopefully will give the impression that it actually goes somewhere.
  20. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Sounds like a great layout. While I enjoy the trackwork, my favourite part is creating scenery. So I'm almost the opposite in that I know very little about wiring but like the artistic side of adding scenery. Maybe you could post some pics in the weeks/months to come? Cheers, Rob

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