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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    Devin, what kind of idea's: layout, roster, era, actual building of the layout?
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    Bryan
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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    One piece of general advice: In this space, don't use 9.75" curves and #4 turnouts. You have room for larger, and it'll look much better.

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    Default need layout designs

    i am building a 4x8 layout and i need a trackplan. I want 3 mainlines,2 yards,2 spurs,and a turn around loop

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    Hello Devin
    I'm also a new N-scaler and to this site. It's the best on the web.

    You may want to look at the "Mad Track Planners" Site for ideas. I got my basic plan there and modified it.

    www.naisp.net/mfischer/m_train2.htm

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    devin...
    you really only need to post your question once

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    devin,
    sounds like you know what you want out of your layout
    have you done any sketches yet?
    or doodled anything?
    would love to see what you got
    now, 4x8 is a pretty decent size for an n-scale layout...
    you could really pack in a lot of rr'ing if you want to.
    heres a couple of links to sites that have small track plans...
    smaller than 4x8, but from them you may be able to get some ideas to get you started.
    do post anything you come up with, and the great guys here can help you out with fine tuning it
    http://www.thortrains.net/index.html
    http://www.naisp.net/mfischer/m_train2.htm

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    Default layout

    I am going for the 50s and 60s. I want to run santa fe. I am not sure on buildings.

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    Quote Originally Posted by "sams"
    devin,
    sounds like you know what you want out of your layout
    have you done any sketches yet?
    or doodled anything?
    would love to see what you got
    now, 4x8 is a pretty decent size for an n-scale layout...
    you could really pack in a lot of rr'ing if you want to.
    heres a couple of links to sites that have small track plans...
    smaller than 4x8, but from them you may be able to get some ideas to get you started.
    do post anything you come up with, and the great guys here can help you out with fine tuning it
    http://www.thortrains.net/index.html
    http://www.naisp.net/mfischer/m_train2.htm
    Visir railsusa.com then on the search thing type in harvey,la. Then it should give you one about a 4x8 layout.

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    You have some very specific requirements. What I'd like to know is, what assumptions are you making? Does "3 mainlines" mean triple track or 3 independent mains? 2 yards (a lot) and 2 spurs (a little) - why? In general, I don't just want to know what you want, but why you want it.

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    Default 4x8

    I ment triple main. I am not sure on 2 yards yet I would like more spurs. I do not know ,I will proably end up with 5 spurs and 1 yard

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    Quote Originally Posted by "devin"
    I ment triple main. I am not sure on 2 yards yet I would like more spurs. I do not know ,I will proably end up with 5 spurs and 1 yard
    Since you have a general idea of what you want, and a given area in which to put it, I would have thought you would have roughed out a sketch with pencil and paper... if not, give that a try and post what you come up with... we can then help you massage it into a practical form that is usable...

    Most of us could draw 3 loops with some spurs on it, but not knowing what you're trying to model, it would just be a waste of our time having a stab in the dark...
    Let us know what era and industry type you plan for these 5 spurs...
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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    One of my first ideas was to do something based on the "three scenes on a door" layout on this page http://www.naisp.net/mfischer/m_train2.htm but with triple instead of double track, wider curves and longer turnouts.

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    Default i need a N Scale layout plan

    i have a 4x8 sheet of plywood and i want to fit alot of track with beautiful land scape anyone have ideas???

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    Default Re: i need a N Scale layout plan

    Quote Originally Posted by "lovetrain"
    i have a 4x8 sheet of plywood and i want to fit alot of track with beautiful land scape anyone have ideas???
    Here we go again :roll:
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    Default 4x8 N scale track plan

    here was my orginal plan untill i saw some better ones out there. it was a 3 track rail yard with a basic loop

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    Default Re: 4x8 N scale track plan

    Quote Originally Posted by "lovetrain"
    here was my orginal plan untill i saw some better ones out there. it was a 3 track rail yard with a basic loop
    Was there supposed to be an image attached to that message?
    Perhaps you should start your own thread for your layout, to save people having to dig through what Devin posted to find your comments.

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    Default PC won't let me???

    yeah but i don't know how to do that my computer wont let me

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    I would strongly recommend using plans for an *HO scale* layout but build it with N scale track. 18" radii is a blessing, not a curse, in N and you'll have lots of space for scenery in between the tracks.

    Also here's a tip: Plan your track outlines using HO scale track! The width of HO track is exactly the same width as N scale roadbed, so if you use say Atlas snap track to draw your track outlines, you can just have your roadbed follow the outlines.

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    Default Re:4x8 n scale layout

    Quote Originally Posted by "MetroRedLn"
    I would strongly recommend using plans for an *HO scale* layout but build it with N scale track. 18" radii is a blessing, not a curse, in N and you'll have lots of space for scenery in between the tracks.
    And I would strongly recommend against that.

    a 4x8 layout in HO is a rather restrictive space track-wise, and limits designs to basic figure-eights, simple ovals, over-and-under ovals, and simple designs like that. If that's what one is looking for, then cool! For example, if you primarily model passenger trains, then a nice broad curved figure eight against some nice mountains would be a great place to showcase those long cars and trains in that kind of space.

    But otherwise, a 4x8 space allows one to get away from basic shapes in N-scale, even when using 12 and 15 inch curves for longer modern equipment. And to get a unique and interesting design, one needs to turn away from those simple designs. I would still refer to all sorts of plans (big and small) for inspiration for design elements and styles, but walk away from simple shapes if you want a less "toy-train-set" like feel to a layout.

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