For a ten car train, you need 10ft plus the clearance length of two #6
turnouts, total 12ft. So where do you get the 24 foot from? Are you
planning to put these tracks end to end? Or store two trains end to end?
What about reserving one side of the room for the storage tracks, and
building shorter parallel through tracks?
What kind of layout are you planning/building? Without some sense of
your overall plans, it's tough to understand your problem, let alone
I'll toss one out anyhow: Unless you stand well back, you can't see a
complete 10-car passenger train in HO, certainly not in a 12'x13' room.
So planning for such long trains in such a small space isn't needed. You
can easily get away with trains of two locomotives + 5 cars, or about
6-1/2 feet. If you plan the layout as a series of scenes, the view
blocks (both physical and psychological) that separate the scenes will
add to the illusion of a long trains, since you will find it difficult
to see both ends of a train at the same time.
HTH, if not, come back with more background to you problem.
12" would be 87' in H0. Yeah, about 90' is typical for passenger cars.
One *could* 'cheat' and use shortened cars -- Athearn used to make
passenger cars that were about 70 scale feet long -- not truely scale
correct, but could be used as part of "selective compression" to make
things fit better in a smaller space)... Or use shorter trains -- 5-6
cars rather then 10 -- another "selective compression" trick.
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Wolf hit the mark with his statement that the length of train one can
in a single glance/scene is all that is required. An exception might be
of those interminable goods trains one meets at level crossings when one
The length one can see in a scene is dependant on how far away one can
from the track.
Generally we build layouts to fill the available space and so have
human space very close to the tracks. The viewable length is usually
One can build view blocks such as stands of trees, raised terrain, city
etc to break the view where there are long open stretches.
For my layout I set the maximum train length at 2.5m (8') As I run 1932
trains my passenger coaches are shorter than US. (240mm - 9") One
that there are occasions when I can't fit one of each relevant type of
into a train: 2 locos/Post/luggage/3rd class/
For goods trains (freight) the prototype limit was 100 axles - the model
is about 50 axles. The main feature of the layout is banking trains up a
section of main line - adding banking locos means the trains have to be
so I get into the odd situation where the heavier the train represented,
shorter it is.
Still, the problem is largely in my head because the 2.5m length is much
than can be viewed at one look.
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