need help planning a layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by zachary, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. zachary

    zachary Member

    hello i am going to be starting my layout in a couple of months and need some help with the track plan i have a 8 foot by 12 foot area to work with the time frame is the 1960s to todays modern locos roadname is csx up bnsf and the indsutrys i would like to have is a cement plant a coal mine a caterpiller dealership and a yard with a loop with the biggest radius i can get in my space thank you for any advice zacharyf
  2. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    I really like this layout for a beginner (or anybody else) who wants to get beyond the limitations of a 4x8, especially for 1960s onward in HO. See

    It's not much harder to build than the traditional 4x8, can be easily expanded to fit your space better, and will look much better running the longer cars, locomotives, and trains.

    my thoughts, your choices
  3. zachary

    zachary Member

    hey thanks ill give it a look see but any more ideas will be greatful thanks zacharyf
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Zachary, do you have any doors, closets, or other nonmoveable obstructions to affect your 8 x 12 space? If you have the full 8 x 12 to work in, the layout plan that Fred linked to could easily be expanded from 8 x 9 to 8 x 12 by adding a 3 foot section on each 9 foot side. If you would rather not duck under to get to the opreating pit, a simple draw bridge or swing bridge could be easily adapted to the design. I think that layout's bench work is only about 12 inches wide. You could add more industries or scenery to it by widening it to 24 inches in some places and still reach across. The web site reccommends 4 axle diesels and 50 foot maximum car length because of 24 inch radius curves. By widening the corners to allow 30 inch radius, and using #6 switches instead of #4s you could run modern long equipment. All in all I think that is just about the perfect design for your space.

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