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    Another option if you want to keep it one piece would be to cut a 3' wide by 2' (or less) deep "notch" out of one long side of the 4x8. This would leave you with a "C" shape where the side lobes are 30" x 48" and the center portion is 36x24. Your control center would be in the open portion of the "C". With 30" lobes you could still have a continuous dogbone with 13"R return loops...

    You could re-attach the cutout 36x24 part to one end of the "C" and use it as a staging yard or engine service or something... making the layout a bit more of a "J" than a "C", where the original "C" is now the "hook" part of the "J".

    I like the modular idea better, but...
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    So for someone that is very new to the hobby. what would the best way to take this layout and shrink it down in size. I really like the layout and looking to do this in N-Scale but on a smaller layout. I do not have the space to use a full 4x8 with cuts as the design shows...

    Sorry to rehash a very old thread.

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    Welcome!

    As a new member you are not allowed to post photos.
    Could you past a link to the plan you are talking about?
    Some plans just aren't able to shrink though.

    One way to find out what will fit in your space is a Track Planning Program. We have links to a bunch of them. Many are even free! Whether you have a Mac or PC we have people who can help you with many of the programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Welcome!

    As a new member you are not allowed to post photos.
    Could you past a link to the plan you are talking about?
    Some plans just aren't able to shrink though.

    One way to find out what will fit in your space is a Track Planning Program. We have links to a bunch of them. Many are even free! Whether you have a Mac or PC we have people who can help you with many of the programs.
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/links/browselinks.php?c=9
    Sorry, I was referring to the layout on page 2 of this post. The Drago & East Ridge RY.

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    Those old HO layouts are best when not resized. Just use N scale track in the plan as shown.
    Model Railroader and the Atlas company designed a lot of layouts that are all track and no scenery. When you use N scale track on an HO design you find what looks cramped in HO is just a little crowded in N scale.

    For a first layout with a small space, I would not recommend this plan. There are too many ways to get frustrated.



    Any HO plan, if reduced to 65% will probably work for N Scale. N scale is actually 54% of HO. But the extra 10% eases the differences in trackwork design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Barry View Post
    I am in the process of making a room sized layout with 4'x4' modules connected by bridges. 1 cut and done, and no power tools. I'm actually using 2 1/4" thick pink foam (3x3/4" caulked together) hey, it's still a 4x8. I live in apartment so noise is a factor.
    I used white foam, expanded polystyrene (EPS) one time and the cells were too large to last for very long in holding things to it, like track. Over time the train would cause the track to begin to shift a bit and soon the straight pins I was using to hold it down made the holes large and the track shifted. Perhaps if an adhesive was used this would not be a problem, but living in a condo I wanted the ability to change the layout instead of starting a new one on another board, where would I put it? My partner does not want to sleep in another room or on the couch.

    I would recommend extruded polystyrene (XPS) as it is much more consistent and much denser, the con is that it costs more. This type of foam is what is commonly referred to as pink or blue foam. Note, that does not mean that EPS cannot be colored.

    Hope this is of some help to somebody.

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    Here is another shape that can be made out of a 4x8. It was used in the HO Northwest Timber Company layout featured in Model Railroader many years back and also in MR's book "Project Railroads You Can Build." It has always been one of my favorite island designs.

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    I've found the only thing i can do with a 4x8 sheet is turn it into fire wood.

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    Default Returning to Model Railroading...

    Was heavily involved in the 1970's, then life happened. A few small layouts over the years, but now starting on a decent size.

    It is almost a 4x8, but I needed the right half to only be 3' deep to clear a doorway.... So the length is 8' with half of it 3' and half of it 4'

    Table construction was finished last week. A preliminary track plan is in AnyRail, a few pieces of track (I am going Kato, even though I was always Atlas) have been purchased...

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    Default Canadian Pacific 4x8 layout

    Hello, my name is Paul. I am new to nScale.net. I posted a message about my layout under trackage but i am not sure if it has come up. I am designing a 4x8 double sided Canadian Pacific layout. I am hoping to use kato unitrack but have been toying with the idea of Tomix due to the other pieces it has. Hope to get some solid answers here. O, i have been using SCARM to design my layout. Hope to get some pictures up of it for comments.

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    Welcome aboard Paul!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cprail View Post
    I am hoping to use kato unitrack but have been toying with the idea of Tomix due to the other pieces it has.
    I really like the Tomix stuff from what I can see on the internet. I have an all-Unitrack/Unitram layout at this point, but hope to build another elevated double-track loop using Tomix track and bridges exclusively. I even bought a Tomix DC-controller (not required) which came today, but I don't have the feeder cable for it yet. If you're OS X, Railmodeller Pro is a great track-planning program for Mac-users (although its Tomix library is only in German for some reason; the Kato library is in English).

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