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 Posted: Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 01:31 pm
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I have a friend who is returning to 00 gauge after many years away and would welcome any advice on offer.
He has no computer therefore I offered to ask the following questions for him.
Only space available 72" x 18", therefore a layout comprising of 2 baseboards 36" x 18" which will be stored in a wardrobe.
Would like passenger and goods facilities, I would assume a branchline and tank loco's. Era 50/60's [the days of his youth], Southern or Great Western, therefore any track plan suggestions would be appreciated, perhaps he is asking to much in such a limited space.
Analogue or DCC control for such a small layout, any thoughts?
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Hi Roy,OO on that size board won't give your friend a lot to play with.Has he considered N scale or does he already have OO stock?.
Also storing in a wardrobe worries me regards possible damage,could he not fix it on a wall with hinges so it could be folded upright.



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Hi Roy, If he is starting afresh I would go DCC from the outset.

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Hello Roy,

If I were you, I would show your friend Terry's thread 'Small OO layout for use in a care home'.

See here ; http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12285&forum_id=21 This layouts measurements (including fiddle yard is 102" long.

My small layout  Shunting Plank/Puzzle ('Linden Ford') is 53" long and based on an Inglenook siding. See here ; http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12116&forum_id=21

These layouts should give your friend some ideas on a smallish layout and fiddle yard.

Another option could be the simple Time Saver style of layout which is built on a 4' board (48"), which allows for a 24" fiddle yard. Both of these plans are 18" x 72" in size.

Something like this...



Or a variation, like this...



Cheers, Gary.




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