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Old 23-09-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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firstly hello! This is my first post to this forum, I have been doing various modelling for a few years and am very interested in it. I now have a space available for me to make a small layout. I haven't decided on the theme as yet, the layout will be mainly for me to practise the various skills required for bulldog a layout.

The space I have available is 40cmx140cm so not very big. I'm imagining a shunting type scenario as I don't think there's room to have a run around track. I might put a tunnel in one corner where there can be two lines inside so I can imagine one train has gone up the line and a new train coming in etc.

Does any one have any advice on the track layout or theme for a small area like this? I would like to incorporate as Much as possible with out having too much that the layout doesn't work.

Just looking for advice and suggestions from people experience. When I get a free moment I'll try drawing up a track plan and trying stuff out but in the mean time hopefully I can get some ideas from here
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Old 23-09-2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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What gauge do you have in mind?
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Old 23-09-2017, 10:38 AM   #3
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Ah good question! OO I think as that's what I have ATM. I guess n gauge I would fit more in (but going from your signature, you wouldn't advise that?... haha) also planning to use DCC so I can incorpoate sounds etc into it. (Again I allready have the controller and chips etc)
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This might get you started.

http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/
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Umm. Z gauge comes to mind... Also 009/H0e gauge will fit if you are selective in choosing small short wheelbase locos. Both these should turn through 180° in 40cm if one is careful.
I have seen a 0-16.5 layout turn in less then this, but it is too extreme.
Of corse, if one decides to just use a back and fore type layout, the possibilities extend into N gauge and 00 and even 0 (But dont expect a loco to move far!
I did not put N gauge into turning through 180° in that size as though it can if one is selective on what one buys, it tends not to look right, while 009 (H0e) is narrow gauge so extreme curves are not too bad.

My layout is in 2ft X 7ft and is in 0-16.5 (Also known as 0e, 0n30 or 7 mm narrow gauge) and I include a picture to show the size. It is built to fold down when not in use. I've not reached the scenic stage yet.
It was going to be 2ft X 3½ft but I found the size (Though it worked) was too restrictive for the fun element I needed to run the trains, so I extended it with a second board.
The reason I'm making a small layout is it will fit in the car and also, at the moment we are looking at a future house move so it is a way that I can make something to run things on!
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Old 23-09-2017, 12:38 PM   #6
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Get this, lots of ideas

http://www.hattons.co.uk/7804/Peco_P...ockDetail.aspx
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Not much available in Z though is there and it costs a bomb. John
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