Well I got started

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by oldtanker, May 16, 2006.

  1. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    I built the table for a lay out yesterday evening with the help of my 3 year old grandson who was mad cause he was wearing his bob the builder hat and i didn't have one. I'm going with a 4x10 for the time being. I must say that the cultivater I built looks a lot better than my wood work. I still haven't decided on a track plan but i am thinking about the one from that greatest hobby vid with a few changes unless someone has a better idea
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    don't know about the track plan from the vid but all the ones i have for 4 ft wide are 18" curves if you could go to 5 ft wide you could go with 24"curves.
  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    I have a better idea, get cha one of dem Bob the builder hats sign1
  4. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Jim, i already built the bench for it at 4x10....Gil.....i don't know about that...LOL
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    A 22 inch radius curve will take 44" out of your 48 to make a half circle. This puts the trains within 2 inches of falling to the floor. It is probably safer to use 18 inch radius curves. If I remember your original post on model railroading, you were looking to build a layout that your grand children could enjoy, right? 4 axle diesels will work fine on 18 inch radius, and for the kids, I think all of the Thomas and friends trains will work on 18 inch radius. I'd just stay away from big steam and the big modern mainline diesel power units and you shouldn't have any problem with the radius.
  6. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    thanks Russ
  7. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Hey if you are carefule, you can use 22s. i do, and even when my trains do derail, they never fly off the table. that only happnened once on a double track part of my layout. Thanks to draw bars, it kinda just hung there.... it was surreal

    anyway, HO trains don't generally fly off curves at high speeds. You probably would have nothing to worry about with being close to the edge of the layout. youse flextrack and make a 21 in radius track if that makes you feel more comfortable.

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