ideas for 4'x8' layout

Brock wrote:


Your concept is a good one, and has been used as the basis of excellent layouts. But your radii are too small. (See other replies about this.)
Buld a double track oval using 22" radius curves for the outside track, and 18" for the inside track, which you can configure as an over-and-under figure 8 with no trouble. Unless you are OK with backing up a train, you will need two crossovers facing in opposite directions.
The success of the layout will depend on two main factors: a) careful construction, to ensure trouble-free operation; b) addition of scenic and other details to make it look good. This is where you and your son (and his mother!) will have a lot of fun deciding what to do, and later on, how to change it. ;-)
And you will change it. If this becomes a major pastime for you and your son, your notions of what you can and wish to do with the layout will change. So don't consider this is a permanent layout.
HTH
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wolf k.

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Thor's All Gauge Page has a wealth of valuable information:
http://www.thortrains.com /
These two books are very popular:
This has been my favorite for nearly 40 years..."101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders", by Linn Westcott:
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"Big Book of Model Railroad Track Plans", by Robert Schleicher:
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Good luck! I'm sure you and your son will derive a lot of pleasure from the model railroad!
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I would also recomend "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" Which will show you why just about every plan in "101 Track Plans" needs some modification.
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If you can go 1 more foot to 5x9, Atlas had a great plan in one of their books called the Granite Gorge & Northern. I built it as a kid before going to N Scale and it was fun to build and interesting to run.
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