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Meanwhile, I have a simple 40 INCH by 40 INCH layout with just a loop of HO and two loops of N {MOH is into N scale and since we have no room for an N anywhere unless i take down my HO, then MOH only get to use this one. It is now too late to put that feed in the layout has advanced to far for track wiring changes. Alco fan, I have this board that I bought to originally house the power packs and block selectors but then decided that it'd serve a better purpose as being a practice layout to perfect my track laying, ballasting, and scenery skills.
Based on research in full size railroading I've decided to run GP units to each of my industries, with the exception of the passenger train. The industries will be serviced as if they were along local runs GP loco's pulling less cars are likely to make. The reason I am considering HO scale is in part what my friend advised, but also because of what I have seen in Model Railroad Magazine.
2 of the modules can be at the ends where my yard with either the turn around or wye is set up with the maintenance buildings. Because I will be running industry specific consists my trains will be shorter than prototypical trains. I believe that you have made the correct decision to go with N scale, all things considered.
Real-life railroader Bair Kooistra's Walla Walla Railway appeared in Great Model Railroads 2005. Will an 18" radius work with the way the layout will be built and the trains I intend on setting up?
Paul, as a former draftsman I can assure you up is not always north nad down is not always south on a drawing.
Right now, due to limited space, I have two small HO layouts (they're actually British 00, which is very similar to HO).
Back in the '60s I saw a N gauge streetcar layout in a shoebox -- with operating trolley pole.An N scale 2x4 is almost equal to an HO 4x8. Rob, I know it's been a while since you posted this thread but I've only just got back on this forum.I've only ever completed a layout after 33 yrs of aborted attempts. For those of you who may ask why because you already know I am currenlty building an HO scale layout. Bottom line nothing less than 18" radius and it is possible some cars will not work on it, depending on length? Once I post the dimensions of the space I have to work with I'll ask what scale you would recommend. The inner loop is 18", and should I switch that train onto the inner loop, disaster awaits.

I used to live in a very small house and built a 15" R layout HO knowing I would be restricted to small locos and short cars. You can get a very nice HO layout in an 8X10 or 12 space if you put shelves on the walls instead of an island in the middle of the room. It is actually for under the table to Christmas tree,and it typically goes up TG day in November, and stays out to end of January. You Can easily build a border out of 1x somethings around your edges , which will add to your outer limits to increase clearance.
Also do not ballast the switch as nothing is more aggravating than  a piece of ballast caught in it! IE: brewery train, food warehouse distribution center, coal train, fuel storage depot to name a few.
In the last few issues, plus the suppliments that come with the magazine I have seen layouts that modelers have built in HO scale with a smaller foot print than mine will use. To insure that my track is right, I pull cars through the turn at speed, then back 5-6 cars through at speed.
A good friend of mine who has been model railroading for many years made a good suggestion that I think will work.
With the exception of a maybe a passenger train, none of my trains should exceed 4' long.
What is the smallest radius I can run for consists from 1970 to today, including passenger cars with baffles in between? For now I am going to continue to work on and finish my portable HO layout I am currently building.
I did put it together and run it on my hardwood floor and it went around the turns just fine.
He started building a larger WWV with broader curves but has since moved on to an Australian prototype.
I am asking because as I am new to this hobby I am trying to figure out the amount of space I have in my home for a layout. If you are forced to restrict your curves to 18" radius or, perhaps, even tighter, then why not give yourself more options for a layout and for choices of locos, etc. Older timeframes generally meant shorter cars and engines, and they work on sharper curves without issues.
I will use 18" for a minimum on a spur in a heartbeat, because I like sharp curves on industrial trackage. I plan on using my xuron rail cutters to shorten a turnout so I can have an industry to switch.

I believe it was you or Brakie who kept repeating about Perfect trackwork, I was going to try for that(avoiding track nails this time) because my next layout was going to be in C55 and I don't believe as forgiving as C80. It will not deflect the track much if you spread out the bead with a angled cake decorator.
Similar to the trip from Milwaukee to Chicago, not the long passenger runs that require the sleeper or dining cars. Building the portable smaller layouts for each of these will really help me decide which scale I want to go with. Though I am not going to use the track that came with the set and go with Atlas pre-beded track with 2 switches and a siding I will likely use the 18" radius since I know it already works for this train set. This also happens to be how my basement is oriented and how the layout will actually be built. He advised if he can run HO, if me made the switch it, withe less room than I have, I can certainly run HO on my layout.
I am going to purchase the Walthers N Scale catalog and reference book from my LHS when the time comes.
I would rather start with too much and reduce, than not start with enough and have to figure out a way to increase. If I was modeling Civil War to turn of the 20th Century, 18" would be generous for mainline curves. All of my turns are slightly super-elevated just a bit - it helps keep the wheel and coupler aspect right.
This would still allow me adequate reach over distance ,either across or from the inside corners and the outside ends or edges for the larger modules.
Even if use double track in the middle with industry specific buildings on each side with 4' sidings that is still only up to 4 trains max. I have a loop layout that's 18x34", but it's restricted to small switchers and 40' or smaller cars. Later on I may be able to move things around that take up space in the rest of this room of the basement. I need more space than this to move my bicycles in and out of the basement along with other things that this room is used for.

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