The Super Pretzel

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by rudyy, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. rudyy

    rudyy New Member

    Hi, I am interested in the Super Pretzel layout by Atlas

    It says the size required is 8x8, but when I look at the layout, it does not utilitze all the space. Anyone has that layout and let me know whether one 8x4 plywood with one 5.5x4 putting side by side is big enough? I just want to save up some space and to make sure all areas are to be accessible for detailing and creating scenic view.


  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It doesn't use all of the table because it can't. If it did, you would have no way to reach the middle. To build that layout, you actually build a "L" shaped table, think of a 4' x 8' with a 4' x 4' to one side making a L. The part that isn't used, should be access.
  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    A buddy of mine built the Super Pretzel and I considered it really hard as well. Its a really cool layout. I finally built a modified version. Russ is right about the big "L". Even so, the reach across is a problem to think about. I built my entire layout on wheels so I can pull it out from the wall to get behind it to access all sides.
  4. rudyy

    rudyy New Member

    Thanks guys. I will put a 8x4 workbench with a 5x4 one by the side then.

  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    This is a man of brilliance. :thumb:
  6. sidetracked

    sidetracked Member

    Hey rudyy,, I have bought the super pretzel but dont have it up yet,,,,I added a total of an extra eight foot instead of four foot in a L shape,,, I plan on adding more track and changing it in a few places,,, I also have the walters 90' turntable to put in it,,,,,, cant wait to get started on it,,,,,, good luck with yours,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,,,,,,, st
  7. rudyy

    rudyy New Member

    and you too. :)
  8. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    The super pretzel was my first 'serious' layout. I pretty much had plenty of help with the benchwork and trackwork from my Dad, but after that I began to really take off on my own and have fun with the scenery and structures. Great memories.

    As for the location in a room, unfortunately I had to have one of the 8' sides against a wall. But good trackwork saved the day and derailments back there were few. At least in my rose-colored-glasses memory...


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