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3X6 Layout
Posted by mrnavy2 on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:22 PM
Hello all, I am new to the form. Anyway, I live in a apartment so I can only build a small layout. I have been in and out of the hobbies since the 70s. I love my postwar stuff, but I do have a few modern stuff also. Steve.
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Posted by JoeinPA on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:17 PM

Welcome to the forum Welcome. Did you have a question or are you just introducing yourself? Let us know if you have any questions or have things to share.

Joe

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Posted by peahrens on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:19 PM

Welcome! Tell us what scale you will go with, if decided.

Paul

Modeling HO with a transition era UP bent

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Posted by gregc on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:28 PM

mrnavy2
I live in a apartment so I can only build a small layout.

you may be interested in Designing and Building Model Railwy Baseboards

greg - Philadelphia & Reading / Reading

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Posted by cowman on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:41 PM

Welcome to the forums!

I am assuming you are modeling in HO.  3' is pretty narrow, as 18" radius track is the center of the track, thus needing at least 38" to keep it on the surface.  There is 15" sectional track available or flex track could be curved to just fit, but you would be very limited as to what locos and rolling stock would be able to handle the tight curves.  It would also put your tracks very close to the edge.  A 40" piece would be better, if possible.

I have a 4'x6' HO layout and by using an offset scenic divider it makes it so the train can go somewhere.  It has a passing siding on one side and a passing siding and a two track yard on the other.  However, it I think it would be pretty tight if I didn't have the extra foot.

If you have N, then you have some room to work.

Good luck,

Richard

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Posted by vsmith on Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:48 PM

 

The kernel of one of the greatest model railroads, the Gorre & Daphited, was only 3'-7" x 6'-8" to start. Not much larger than this, so who knows what may come of it?

   Have fun with your trains

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