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TZ wrote:"Whisper River was probably the most interesting, but being primarly HOn3 it was really in a class by itself. I am a college student, and would like to know is anyone has recommendations on what material to purchase to build a portable HO scale John Allen Timesaver  that I could bring with me to my dorm. Now you can run around your train, you do not have to have your cars and engines in the right order before you start operating.
If I might make a suggestion -- John Allen's Timesaver was deliberately designed to be DIFFICULT to operate. I went to a mathematics fair and was pleasantly surprised to see John Allen's timesaver presented by three grade six students.
That being said I think the OP would get bored real quick with it and should consider a type of module that would enable to work on all aspects of the hobby including structures and landscapes. QUOTE: Originally posted by SpaceMouse Danged, you're going to make me want to switch to N scale. Phillip, If you were to compress the layout about 6" vvertically, you could squeeze in 2-3 staging tracks along the top (or bottom.) Without changing the height of the track, these could be hidden by building a hollow mountain over them.
QUOTE: Originally posted by SpaceMouse If the plan fits your dream--remember Philip came up with this not you--there are a couple issues I would look at. I have a large around the room layout with a peninsula planned down the middle but I can still appreciate a well done 4X8 or any other small railroad whether an island or shelf layout. QUOTE: Originally posted by ondrek I forgot to mention that the 0-4-0 will do the radi that leads into the building too, and that radi is well, not really sure, but 6" is my guess. I didn't take time to plow through all the responses, but to me the problem with a 4X8' is that we are allowing the size of an uncut sheet of plywood to dictate our layout. One way to gain access to both 8' sides and still have it against the wall is to put it on casters.
QUOTE: Originally posted by SpaceMouse Just to bring the argument back into the conversation. Why don´t you post a plan of your train room for us to find out, how much room for a layout you really have? Continuous loop operations are preferred but I am flexible about everything else and will consider anything for now. This may surprise you but I found the track plan posted above to be one of the most suitable plans that I've found to date. I'm looking for inspiration more than an actual plan but to get that inspiration, I must see actual plans, suitable or not. I've never had any intention of simply copying a whole plan and want my plan to be unique and different from all the rest. Or, by recall from the minds of forum members' hobby travels, have them post 6x12 plans that they remember to have seen. I think you may have better luck by including 4x8, 5x9, and any plan smaller than 6x12 and expanding it. HO Railroad from Start to Finish has everything you need to know to build a 4x8 layout in HO Scale from start to finish. First you'll need a table - Building a 4x8 table for your model raiload (part 1)This video is an excellent tutorial on building a table for a 4x8 model railroad. The Gateway Central X is even smaller than 4x8 but it still ha enough switching spurs for good operation.
The next time someone questions your choice of a 4x8 layout you might point out to them the Gorre & Daphetid. Great Northern Pacific - My favorite 4x8 HO layoutThe Great Northern Pacific was featured in HO Railroad That Grows by Linn Westcott. The January 2012 issue of Model Railroader Magazine has an outstanding 4x8 layout based on the Virginian (a coal hauling layout). PNWtravels 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA I have to admit that I was always jealous that my brother had a train set. Kevin Wilson 2 5 years ago We built a model railroad for my daughter as a family, and had great fun with it. Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado My brother got a train set for Christmas when I was about seven years old.
OhMe 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC I always wanted the tracks on a table for my son but never got it and he is now over 30 yrs old so guess he will have to do it himself.
ModelTrainHobby 4 years ago I got a Lionel train set for Christmas circling the Christmas tree. RavenRunner 4 years ago I really want to give model railroading a try sometime and 4X8 would be a great place to start. KarenCookieJar 4 years ago My husband collects trains, but he has never gotten around to putting a layout together yet.
SecondHandJoe LM 4 years ago I don't have any model train stories except that I always admired the guys that had them. BLemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC My husband loves trains and used to have a train "table" as a kid. IanMayfield 4 years ago My first train set was HO featuring a British locomotive and rolling stock, which was a curiosity because in the UK the standard is OO, which uses the same gauge as HO but is a slightly larger scale.
Tricia Deed 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida I too, share this hobby and it is a lot of fun. I recall one layout I think was in Westcotts book of 101 plans I always liked if I ever built it, but I have different ideas now.Getting the good idea takes time. So the plan could use 36 ft old timers with #4 turnouts or modern 60 ft cars with #6 turnouts or whatever suits you.
As has been related by those who oeprated on the G&D, it was somethign they played with after an oeprating session, upstairs.
Not only can small layouts be good switching layouts, but the small size allows a level of craftsmanship that is not practical with a larger layout.


The biggest reason why people don't like a 4 x 8 is that they take up 9 x 11 space when you count walkarounds and a 9 x 11 shelf, U shaped layout is much more versatile and easier to reach and operate. The biggest reason why people don't like a 4 x 8 is that they take up 9 x 11 space when you count walkarounds and a 9 x 11 shelf, U-shaped layout is much more versatile and easier to reach and operate.
Had a number of branch lines, and two of them connected to the main line in Wadley, Georgia. However, I did not like doing it that way so I came up with an alternate benchwork design and posted it to my other thread.
It of course could be turned inside out, but what I would do would be to look at what elements of that plan you like, and just copy those elements, not the whole plan - which does not have a particularily appalachian coalmining look and feel. Adjusting a plan to fit an Appalachian theme shouldn't be too difficult but obviously, it depends on the plan. A crossover consisting of 2 #6 turnouts takes about a foot of length in H0 scale - the rate of divergence is about 1 in 6, and it is 2" between parallel tracks.
Building a 4x8 table for a model railroad has always been easy, and newer construction materials like extruded foam sheets make it even easier.
The table is built from foam core board so it's very light and easy to move around, and the track plan is simple but offers several switching spurs and good scenic potential. The only thing I would change is to use small screws instead of nails (just personal preference).
The Pacific Coast is built in On30, which means O scale models running on standard HO track.
To get the most out of your small layout, consider these tips:Leave room for scenery Space is going to be at a premium, so make sure to leave room for scenery. The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) has a web site with a great selection of 4x8 track plans you can access for free and you can find many more by Googling "4x8 track plans". It's based on a track plan that was originally published in the December 1994 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. The Alkali Central is a Model Railroader project layout that was originally published in the December 1995 issue. The Great Northern Pacific is perfect for learning about model railroading because you start out with a simple oval. When it comes to picking equipment for your layout the most important limitations are tight curves and short sidings. If you're just getting started in model railroading or are limited in space, it has quite a few plans for model railroads that are even smaller than 4x8, and if you find the idea of a 4x8 layout a bit limiting it offers many plans for larger (sometimes much larger) model railroads. As an example, in a forum dedicated to small model railroads I once posted a link to a 4x8 model railroading site that I have. This lens is dedicated to the S Scale trains produced by the AC Gilbert Company and marketed under the American Flyer brand. It was 4x8 with a pop up hole in the middle so she could reach everything, as she was small.
It was by the French manufacturer Jouef, which at the time was trying to expand into the UK market. I don't have trains, but I as I was looking through I was thinking of my sons love for trains. We do most of ours for the Christmas holidays and tend to change the theme from year to year. The 4 x 8 is very restrictive which is why it is a poor choices for a layout unless all other alternatives have been exhausted. I used Atlas code 100 track - flex track, 3 - # 4 RH turnouts, 1 - # 4 LH turnout and a LH snap switch. Make two such platforms, each 1 x 3 feet in size, clamp together to form an 1 foot x 6 foot footprint, drill two holes through sides that go against each other, put bolts through.
The rest of it, people duplicating it because if John Allen did it, it must be good, is absolutely correct. It's just that a lot of the more recent posters seemed to have skipped the ongoing arguments and went straight to posting. Those of us with large layouts have to settle for the good-enough approach in much of what we do if we want to get anywhere near completed in our lifetimes. People gravitate toward the 4 x 8 because they don't think in term of space and cutting a piece of plywood. The "I only have space for a 4 x 8" argument doesn't hold up.
They do take up a fair amount of space, a but they're is easy to move out of the way when you need the room for something else.
Lots of great 4x8 track plans are available and with careful planning your 4x8 layout can become part of a larger layout if you decide to grow your railroad.
All aspects of building a model railroad are covered: benchwork, building structure kits, weathering freight cars, backdrops, simulated water, scenery, walk-around control, operations, and more.
The method shown in these 2 videos is pretty easy and works great if your track plan and scenery are fairly flat. This track plan would work best if most of the structures were centered around a single industry. The Alkali Central is a simple track plan that still offers good operational possibilities - as long as you like branch line operations and not Class One main line operations. If I was going to build the G&D I'd expand it to a "full" 4x8 layout and build it in Sn42.
Then you add track, buildings, and scenery in steps and eventually end up with a fairly complex model railroading. 101 Track Plans is a classic, and if you like model railroading it deserves a place in your library - especially if you like 4x8 model railroads. The track plan offers great operating potential and also shows how a basic 4x8 layout can be extended with a branch line and staging yard. I still remember having a good deal of fun with her and a small girlfriend, laying plaster-soaked paper towels for mountains. The loco was accurate but the carriages were just French models painted in British Rail livery!
I did some model railroading with my father 50 yrs ago when I was growing up and have always had interest in doing a little again.


If you follow the Timesaver plan, you'll probably get frustrated and bored with operations before too long. Don't want you guys to feel abandoned because then you might not answer the next 20-30 new topics I post. A small layout gives you the opportunity to build structures and scenery of contest quality. Now, I have my layout inside where I see it all the time and she has me inside with her.) I can also move it if we decide to move. Focusing on the size of the track plans you are looking at is not the most optimal strategy for finding inspiring scenes for an Appalachian layout.
4x8 layouts are usually considered "beginner's layouts", but they're great for any model railroader from beginner to expert - so says the spirit of John Allen. If you're just getting started in model railroading this book is the perfect starting point. If your track plan has lots of variation in track and scenery elevation a "cookie cutter" style table would be better. There isn't much room for water tanks or coaling towers so you'd want the time frame to be diesel. If I was going to build this I'd put it on a 4x8 table and extend one of the switching spurs into another industrial area.
The setting is high desert so if you like the Owens Valley or similar areas you might enjoy building the Alkali Central.
The finished "HO Railroad That Grows" is more toy looking than the other layouts I'm highlighting, but the retro look makes it my favorite.
Besides that, they also talk about some of the trade-offs required if you want to build and operate a 4x8 layout. Typically, I try to balance the yard with the industries, but if that were the only criteria, Loopy would have been the clear winner. In all the zillions of comments that get made on the forums about layouts, most of the time people talk about overcrowding, solid track, and spagetti bowls, Yet in the voting the three most densely track populated layouts end up being the clear winners.  ? Other forum members above have presented simpler switching layout ideas for a similar space, and I'd take their advice if I were you. Like most switching puzzles, the track lengths and car capacities are artificually contrived to make it difficult to perform the tasks. With a minimum of 2 feet wide clear access space on those 3 sides, the minimum sized room you need for a 4x8 is 8 x 10.
The best thing about a 4x8 layout is that it's small enough to get you started in model railroading without being overwhelmed and big enough to give you excellent operation and realism. Building a "cookie cutter" table is explained in great detail in HO Railroad That Grows (out of print but it's easy to find on eBay or Amazon for around $5.00). If you're into steam power, model an earlier era when locomotives were smaller.Watch those buildings The same thing applies to buildings. An SW-1500, Alco RS-3, or a GP9 would be a good locomotive choice for this layout and you'd want to run 40' frieght cars. For example the 6 axle locomotives they wanted to use had clearance problems, so they had to run smaller 4 axle units. One of the most famous model railroads of all time - the Gorre & Daphetid - started out essentially as a 4x8 layout. A few big buildings are a lot less interesting - and make your layout look smaller - than a larger number of small buildings. What I like best about this design is that it was developed by someone who doesn't particularly care for 4x8 layouts.
A more realistic plan like the ones presented by Stein and Paulus will offer much more satisfaction.
I was thinking about that somewhere else to get a nice over under on the layout while not making the grades too steep. The primary (and probably only real ) virtue of the 4x8 is that it is the size of a standard sheet of plywood and all you have to do is build a relatively sturdy framework to support the plywood sheet.
Three, if you want to you can expand it by adding other 4 x 8s to make a larger layout that's modular and still portable!Haven't done any modelling myself for a long time, but used to love playing with trains and going to model railway exhibitions when I was younger.
Trains that were coming from the east or west were already in the yard ready to run a lap or two to be broken down for local switching, etc. I'll know it's there! The two tracks in the middle of the town, you think that could be connected to the passing track on the right so the trains run through the town? You might think this sounds awfully restrictive, but your layout will look and run a lot better if you stick with locomotives and rolling stock that fit your curves and sidings.
So instead of reconnecting the passing track to the main underneath the train, have it run through the town and reconnect to the main where those two tracks are already meeting the main?
The point of this is just aesthetics to see a train run through the town with little other reason.
To make it work I needed a yard lead that crossed through the industrial area, but with the divider, you wouldn't see that really happening from one side or the other.
You are correct in pointing out that in doing so, the yard lead ran through the town scene creating a multiple track through a single scene.
I had hoped that the tower would make it look like two lines passing through an area, much like the PRR and B&O did in my town with no interchange. Anyway, this response is something I wanted to say after hearing a lot of comments and you opened the door. I was trying to stay away from putting too much track into a small layout but I'm not sure if I accomplished that. The "improvements" that I made aren't cast in stone or anything.



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