4 x 8 O gauge layout ideas . What do you suggest?

14291 views
22 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
4 x 8 O gauge layout ideas . What do you suggest?
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 17, 2004 10:07 PM
I have a 4 x 8 train table and need some O gauge layout plans. Please give me some ideas or refer me to a website. Thanx
  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • 1,634 posts
Posted by pbjwilson on Friday, December 17, 2004 10:13 PM
try this one www.thortrains.net
  • Member since
    March, 2004
  • From: Over the Rainbow!
  • 760 posts
Posted by eZAK on Saturday, December 18, 2004 11:44 AM
Try these books;

http://store.yahoo.com/kalmbachcatalog/10-8185.html
http://store.yahoo.com/kalmbachcatalog/10-8305.html
http://store.yahoo.com/kalmbachcatalog/10-8275.html
Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Home Brew!</font id="size2"> Pat Zak</font id="size3">
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 18, 2004 2:14 PM
I would include a oval with a figure 8. This reqiures 4 switches and a 90 degree crossing.
This basic layout give two reversing loops, lots of switching action and ability to run the oval and the 8 in either direction.
I you are doing this on a budget, try Marx switches. The old metal ones should go for $10 a pair at train shows or ebay. I have 27 on my layout.

Here is a link showing my big board control panel layout with the oval and 8. I have a turntable in one section of the 8.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b4cf22b3127cce999992eee52d00000026108IYsmrRoyb6

Charlie
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 18, 2004 3:54 PM
thanx charlie but i have fast track, so it takes up more room. But would a Figure 8 with a tressel instead of a croosover work?
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 18, 2004 10:40 PM
I doubt you can use a cross over because of your small size would not give enough track to have a grade that your locos could pull.

I am not familiar with Fast track as to the radius. 8 X4 is best with 027 and I bet yours is larger than 027. If so you will be limited at to how much track you can have. You can see from my diagram I have wall to wall track!!

One neat 8 x 4 layout is shown in the" Lionel 0/027 Train and Accessory Manual" on page 31. This booklet is very good and is on ebay or maybe at your train dealer. Mine cost $1.50 20 years ago. Tihs layout is oval with one side and end a 2110 trestle set that goes to a second track that is figure 8 on a second layer. The same trestle is used to go up and down. It is about as much as you can get on 4 x8 and is for 0 or 027.

Charlie
  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • 1,634 posts
Posted by pbjwilson on Sunday, December 19, 2004 9:19 AM
The Kalamback book of display layouts has some layouts using Super o which is a 36" diameter like the Fasttrack. It's a great book just to look at the old display layouts done by Lionel. One thing most of them have are multitrain operation, even if it's just a gang car going back and forth on a feqw sections of track. For 4x8's the more action you pack in the better. Don't forget about multilevel as well - a loop supported on elevated trestles.
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 19, 2004 9:27 AM
Lionel has various layouts right on their site. Try here:

http://www.lionel.com/GettingStarted/Findex.cfm
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 19, 2004 3:59 PM
Unfortunately, none of the suggested layouts on the Lionel page are fasttrak!?!

My suggestion would be to first consider adding on just a bit to your table - fasttrak is happier on 5x9 as the smallest radius is 036. Just lay some construction foam on top of your existing table - it can overhang 6" with minimal support . And the foam will help quiet things a bit. 4x8 can only give you one loop and some inside sidings. 5x9 can give you 2 loops or one loop with a large passing siding. Either has ample room for inside sidings. A figure 8/oval needs 5x9. A few short sidings will fit in coming off the arms of the "x" in the middle of the layout. There's not much out there on the web for fasttrak - some essential pieces have only recently become available.

Let me know and I'll send you diagrams of these setups done in fasttrak. Happy holidays!
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 19, 2004 7:44 PM
Try Atlas O web site, they have a few layouts that will fit on a 4' X 8' piece of plywood.
www.atlaso.com

Check under layouts.
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 19, 2004 8:13 PM
Yeah, send me some diagrams . Thanx

By the way i was thinking of adding about a 10 inch on each side extension on my table. Thanx

Colin
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 20, 2004 11:11 AM
Hi Colin, I sent you my home email address so you email me directly. Just drop me a line at home and I'll send you some fasttrak-based 4x8 and 5x9 designs. There's really very little out there on the web - not even from lionel...
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 20, 2004 3:09 PM
Hey old 2037, do you live in NJ? I checked out more about you in your member profile.


My first train ride was in Strassburg when I was 3
My first steam ride was in Strassburg when i was 3
My last train ride was in Saranac Lake in August 2004
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 20, 2004 5:59 PM
Can you email them to me? I'll print them off . Thanx

Colin.
My email address is colinsnell@comcast.net
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 8:45 PM
Look at www.thortrains.net
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 12, 2005 10:39 PM
I think your best bet would be the Thor web site that is listed above , TONS !!! of layouts
  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • 1,991 posts
Posted by Frank53 on Saturday, March 12, 2005 11:37 PM
I forget whose website is the thortrains site, but that site is jammed packed with excellent material.
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 12, 2005 11:38 PM
www.thortrains.com is a good place to start with for layout plans. For a 4x8 layout, I would stick with O27 tubular track. You will have many more options plus a lot of locos and rolling stock will navigate the O27 curves, despite what you read in the catalogs. Good luck!
  • Member since
    May, 2004
  • From: Kaukauna WI
  • 2,115 posts
Posted by 3railguy on Saturday, March 12, 2005 11:40 PM
I agree on Thor's website. He added fastrack plans. Same goes for Kalmbach's "Lionel Display Layouts You can Build" that PJ Wilson posted. Super O and fastrack are the same diameter so the super O plans will work. You won't get a super dream empire to fit on a 4 x 8 or even 5 x 9 table when it comes to fastrack. Thor has probably come up with every configuration possible so you are going to have to make some compromises and live with them.
John Long Give me Magnetraction or give me Death.
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 13, 2005 3:59 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Frank53

I forget whose website is the thortrains site, but that site is jammed packed with excellent material.


The fellows name who runs it is, Thor.
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 13, 2005 7:52 PM
Yeah, I am using one from thor trains.

By the way, what happened to that ThorTrains member who lives in Lakewood, Chris?
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 13, 2005 7:55 PM
Thor lives in Freehold NJ
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • 282,456 posts
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 13, 2005 7:58 PM
What happened to him?Does he still post?

SUBSCRIBER & MEMBER LOGIN

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Get the Classic Toy Trains newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month

Search the Community

Loading...