starting from scratch

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by robert6936, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. robert6936

    robert6936 New Member

    Well I am new to this site and new to what is available early 70's I operated tyco rolling stock HO 4x8 brass tracks oval due lack of money and space far as I got, has anyone purchased atlas layout packages, Model Train Help EBook, track packages and Ebook are they worth the money. The layout table I plan to build 4 x 16 or 8 x 16 appreciate any direction any one can give me.train97
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    The best direction I can give you is to look around ;) The Gauge has all kinds of resources for newbies, experts, and "returnees" too... We have a track planning forum as well where you can kick your ideas around.

    I have no experience with the Atlas track packages, or the EBook, but I am not a big fan of their "set layouts". I think you can do much better and find something that works for you, rather than taking a plan someone else devised.

    Hope that helps. Take a look around and ask anything you'd like :)

  3. Go Big1

    Go Big1 Member

    From one newbie to the hobby (me) to a newbie to The Gauge, let me say Welcome Aboard! I have found this site to be a great resource for someone that has very little knowledge of model railroading. Like Andrew said, spend some time going through threads in the forums here, and you will pick up on a lot of the new technologies (like DCC) for HO trains.

    As far as trackplans, I downloaded the free trackplan software from Atlas's website (called Righttrack). Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to use, and it let's you plan what YOU want to do, as opposed to taking someone else's plan.

    Good luck
  4. robert6936

    robert6936 New Member

    thanks bob
  5. C&O Steve

    C&O Steve New Member

    I think it is worth it. That is a big layout and as to track, you might be better to pay as you go. The book will surely save you mistakes and that means save you money.
  6. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I just hope you're not thinking of a solid 8x16 table. You'll need an access aisle. Also, if you're thinking in that size range, I have to ask: Can you go around the walls instead of free-standing? Does the layout have to be sectional/portable?
  7. Santa Fe Jack

    Santa Fe Jack Member

    Of course, don't feel constrained by what RightTrack gives you, either. The software provides only some of the many options available. Other vendors supply a variety of other turnout geometries, for example. Like curved turnouts - so cool. Then of course, there's the ultimate in flexibility: hand-laid track.

    Let your imagination run, then see if you can get there.

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