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    I once saw a HO layout that had an N scale track line along the back of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave S View Post
    I once saw a HO layout that had an N scale track line along the back of it.
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    Or, simply N scale buildings along the back, making it appear that the distance is greater to the back. However, you don't want to have HO scale trains run in the back of the layout, then.
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    No room. This shot is the layout before 2 more trains, a few more structures and period correct cars and trucks.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdetray View Post
    Hi Nightwing -

    Unless you already own a bunch of Bachmann N-scale EZ Track, there is no benefit (except for your familiarity with EZ Track) in using it for the N-scale version of your layout. You can build the N-scale version with track from any manufacturer.

    However, since you seem to like EZ Track, here's how I would proceed.

    It is unlikely that Bachmann N-scale EZ Track will have all of the track pieces required to simply swap N-scale pieces for HO pieces to create the N-scale version. The geometry is going to be a little bit off. What I would recommend is using track planning software to design the N-scale version. Bachmann N-scale EZ Track is included with many track planning programs, so you can be sure everything will fit properly before you purchase any N-scale track pieces. Even the free XTrackCAD program includes Bachmann N-scale EZ Track.

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    I downloaded that free program and can't figure out how to begin a layout, let alone find any reference to Bachmann EZ Track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightwing View Post
    I downloaded that free program and can't figure out how to begin a layout, let alone find any reference to Bachmann EZ Track.
    Most of the track planning programs have a steep learning curve, and XTtrackCAD is no exception. XTrackCAD has lots of help and tutorials to get you started.

    Within the program itself, go to Help > Demos. Go through the examples.

    On the XTrackCAD web site, there is a Beginner's Tutorial and a UserGuide.

    I was once as much in the dark about XTrackCAD as you are right now, and the demos and tutorials got me up and running.

    By the way, the various track libraries are accessed under File > Parameter Files.

    You might also want to post a drawing of your track plan in this thread. Someone might be willing to help you convert it to N-scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdetray View Post
    Most of the track planning programs have a steep learning curve, and XTtrackCAD is no exception. XTrackCAD has lots of help and tutorials to get you started.

    Within the program itself, go to Help > Demos. Go through the examples.

    On the XTrackCAD web site, there is a Beginner's Tutorial and a UserGuide.

    I was once as much in the dark about XTrackCAD as you are right now, and the demos and tutorials got me up and running.

    By the way, the various track libraries are accessed under File > Parameter Files.

    You might also want to post a drawing of your track plan in this thread. Someone might be willing to help you convert it to N-scale.

    - Jeff
    Apparently, it is protected because I can't copy it. I will keep trying different ways.

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