Need Ideas for HO Layout for 5 x 10ft Table
About to embark on building my first HO layout on a 5x10 table featuring mainline operation. Looking for interesting ideas. Would consider a 4x8 layout that I could expand by 25% to fit my table.
for a 5x10 I would keep my rolling stock and engines on the short side.. I have had many HO layouts, and the #1 thing that kept killing me was the need for more room.. I enjoy HO, but found I had much more fun with it, when I didnt expect too much... Everytime I started a new HO Layout, I had dreams of huge mainline ops, but EVERY time I would find myself running out of room and needing to expand.. For a 5x10, you have quite a few choices on how you want to lay it out, much more so than a 4x8 would...
Unless you're modeling transitional or *early* diesel eras I don't think 5x10 would be enough for 'mainline' operation, simply because of the requirements. Sure, you can have a folded dog bone or oval of double track and even have a 22"R minimum, but what about staging for the trains at each end of your section of modeled mainline track?
Would it be possible for this table to be against a short wall of the room with wings coming off the table on each long wall to hold staging tracks?
That's what I was thinking, if he could do that, then the options would be MUCH better...
Originally Posted by TheGloriousTachikoma
After all my years, im now building my first N scale layout, and the only reason I went to N scale was the simple fact I dont have enough room to build the layout I want in HO, and at almost 40 ft of mainline for my N, I feel I have "barely" enough to do what I want, and im sure I will be making many compromises..
We all dream of 'big sky' and wide expanses when it comes to our layouts. If you can remember that those characteristics were trouble for budding railroad companies who hoped for high densities of customers in short runs of track, but who nevertheless had to bite the coin and spend big to get to distant markets, you might be on your own way to understanding how to look at the space you have. Said another way, what is the purpose of your railroad? What do you want it to do or to represent as an earner of revenue and a payer of reasonable dividends to investors? When you picture yourself having fun, what is your experience to date with model trains?
Originally Posted by tjdean
I think I could design a decent layout for a 5X10, but I know now that there are other considerations such as how will I reach everything in the middle without knocking over stuff near my steadying hand or reaching elbow? Where will I even stand? Would it be better to have a three sided shelf of sorts instead of a loop, or do I have to have a loop because I know I will enjoy just watching the trains most of the time? I can make a nice loop in 5X10. I could even place a diagonal across it to achieve reversals so that the train(s) needn't run clockwise all the time...or the other way.
Atlas has public track plans, and John Armstrong published many in his great book, Track Planning for Realistic Operation. It is available at Kalmbach Publishing.
Carl Arendt's site is a great one. http://www.carendt.com/microplans/index.html
Last edited by TheGloriousTachikoma; 09-30-2012 at 11:54 AM.
Actually that is exactly what I was going to recommend when I read the title of your thread. Track down one of the thousands of 4x8 layouts out there and just relax it to the 5x10 size.
Originally Posted by tjdean
5X9 out and back in HO
This HO 5X9 track plan doesn't support "mainline" operation as most would describe it, but provides some interesting operation and might offer some ideas.
Stretching a 4'x8' to 5'x10' works, but does create some unexpected problems. Our little club, "Rail Roadrunners of Yuma" did just that with an old folded dog-bone, "Pidgin Creek and Thawville" We went to 23" radius and 1.8% grades and found some items moved around a little.
See my blog for lots of details and pics. http://armchairmodeling.blogspot.com