I Need Some Ideas for my Layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Elite Lancer, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Elite Lancer

    Elite Lancer Member

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    OK my layout is really starting to get annoying to make with my limited space. Here's what I'm shooting for:

    - N scale
    - Table is going to be like the size of a door
    - Loop circuit with a pick-up point and a drop-off point
    - Mountainous terrain
    - Must have a roundhouse
    - A good multitude of elevations of track.
    - Tunnels

    Here's my last attempt at my layout to give you an idea of how I want it. I obviously can't use this layout since it is too big and hard to add in changes. Like what someone said, it seems more fit for a trolly to let peolpe tour the mountains.

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    I look forward to your feedback. :)
  2. Papa Bear

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    pgandw Active Member

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    John

    An excellent response! Didn't realize at first it was 2 separate loops - even more train running fun.

    yours in planning
  4. Elite Lancer

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    Wow, that is definately one that I'll consider. I'm trying to make my layout original so that definately gives me some ideas.
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  6. Elite Lancer

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    Yeah, I'm stilll trying to plan this layout, but it is just so hard to do with such limited space when I have so many things I want to put into it. I'm pretty sure many of you can relate to this sort of problem. I'm thinking about just designing a vague version of my dream layout and then try to "shrink it." Or something like that. We'll see how it goes. For now, I have an annoying english essay I have to finish.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Lancer,

    Take a look at this thread about the basics of planning:

    http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=19575

    There are several ;) questions there, but it may help you focus on what you *really* want to do. Feel free to post your answers here so we can further the discussion...

    Andrew
  8. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    Yeah Mason Jar is right. what exactly do you want in this layout?
  9. Triplex

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    That thread focuses on operation-oriented design. That's the way John Armstrong did it, that's the way I do it, but that's not what Lancer asked for.

    I am of the opinion that a layout designed purely for scenery and appearance gets boring, but maybe that's not a problem if you never intend to "operate".

    What size door? 30" x 78" like on Mike Fischer's page? I think the largest door you can usually get is 36" x 80".