Need help on layout

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Sasha, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

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    Hello gauge!

    I am thinking about starting a layout in my room, well loft etc its got climate control and power with lots of insulation. Well the space granted to me is about 10 foot by about 6 foot. I have got about 400$ to spend on track and 300$ to spend on rolling stock, i do not want to have scenery or a proper layout yet because i always am changing my mind, but id like some suggestions.

    I am looking for a 2 or 3 mainlines, possibly with terminus's (oh by the way the area is like a upside down C, like this )

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    (not to scale)

    also with a branch line and a yard, i am not really bothered about a yard at all but id just like the 2 or 3 mainlines and a branch, its stretching 400$ of track seeing as i have nothing at all but please any track plans will do! also i am not bothered about any period in time!

    and btw i have looked at the atlas and thortrains layouts but they dont seem to be the right ones although they are very good! i am in england as well
  2. railroader9731

    railroader9731 Member

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    there are diffrent books out there and most are at your lhs or you can order them thru kalmbach books or at the walthers web site. www.modelrailroader.com has a down load section on there for a fee and it will give some ideas from setting up to sceanery. hope this helps
  3. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

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    very much appreciated, but my card is buggered atm so i cannot pay for anything over the net atm =( so its cold hard cash till my new card comes and my library (least i think thats lhs) has got no books on trains, it hasnt even got the bible ffs. So as you see its hard for me!
  4. railroader9731

    railroader9731 Member

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    a loose term we here use lhs (local hobby shop)
  5. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

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    ah i see, the local train shop is in the city, im hoping to do all ordering mail order because the one in the city is crap,
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  7. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

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    thats great thanks man!, can someone post some ideas though for a track plan ?
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Sasha,

    You need to provide us with a bit more info:

    - how much space do you have and what shape is it? (You can attach pictures or drawings to your posts - check here to learn how.
    - related to above - what does your proposed benchwork look like? how much of the space does it take? Is it a shelf type layout, or a table?
    - what type of trains do you like to run?
    - what time frame or era do you want?
    - what location?
    - what industries are you interested in?
    - you mention two or three mainlines - do you like running trains continuously (needing a simple loop) or do you want them to do some switching, etc?
    - what scale?

    This information will help us help you with your plan.

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  9. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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    He gave the space: 6'x10' with one 10' side open. Scale - that's a biggie...

    2 or 3 mainlines - does that mean double or triple track, or separated lines?

    Is this to be British prototype? That may make a difference to the track plan.
  10. Sasha

    Sasha New Member

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    well here goes:

    the mainlines id rather have triple track or possibly 2 and one separate.
    I am not looking for anything serious so it doesnt matter if its british or american,
    and the scale is H0 or 00

    here is a link to what it looks like in my loft http://img492.imageshack.us/img492/9445/plan8ll.jpg
  11. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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    That image just confused me. I'm not sure what's table, wall or operating space. It doesn't seem to make geometric sense. :confused: