Sometimes the most challenging part of building your first, or next, model railroad is deciding where to lay the track. If you're having trouble designing your own track plan. these plans may be the inspiration you need to get started.
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HO is the most popular scale. You can accomplish a lot in a relatively small space, while still being large enough to appreciate details and enjoy reliable operation. Whether it's long trains on winding mainlines or an industrial switcher going about its chores, HO layouts can take any form that fuels your interest.
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At nearly half the size of HO, you can pack a lot of railroad in a small space with N scale. Whether it is a small and portable platform, or capturing big scenes on a larger layout, N scale has a lot to offer.
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O Gauge trains, despite being nearly twice the size of HO, are designed to operate on tight curves so you can get more action into a small space. The third rail means no complicated wiring for reverse loops and easy activation for trackside accessories - which you'll find lot of in this fun scale.
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A 4'x8' sheet of plywood makes a convenient starting point for a model railroad. You can do a lot in 32 square feet. Here you'll find plans in several scales which are 4x8 friendly.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Most of us are drawn to the sight of trains running through the countryside but putting together those trains and delivering the goods is just as exciting and can provide an even more interesting model railroad. Instead of watching your locomotive chase its caboose around an oval, switching makes you more than a passive observer and gets you involved in the action.
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