new 4 x 8 ho layout

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by firedude310, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. firedude310

    firedude310 New Member

    i am looking to start my first layout, but I am having trouble finding one I like. I am looking to run 2 engines and have a round house with some grade changes. Can someone please help me out ?

  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :wave: Welcome to the-gauge Andy! :wave:

    You might start by reading through some of the posts in Track Planning

    You found a good, friendly place for help!
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    What era, and how big are your locomotives going to be? I would presume you want to run steam, if your looking for a roundhouse. I think a mikado is about the biggest thing you can expect to run reliably on a layout that will fit 4 x 8. I think a roundhouse might be overkill for the size operation you can run on a 4 x 8. A two or three bay engine house will fit better. It was common practice for shortline railroads and logging operations that didn't have room or the need for a roundhouse to use an engine house with a turntable.

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