• HO sample layouts

  • Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.
Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.

Moderators: 3rdrail, Otto Vondrak, stilson4283

  by thrdkilr
 
Can any one suggest any resources for sample HO layouts. I not having any luck getting the wheel rolling and think maybe looking at some samples would get the brain unlocked. Thank-you in advance....

  by Otto Vondrak
 
Kalmbach and Carstens publish several books of track plans and ideas on planning your own layout... I suggest you start there.

http://store.yahoo.net/kalmbachcatalog/ ... books.html

http://www.carstens-publications.com/depot.html

http://railroad.net/articles/columns/re ... /index.php


-otto-

  by thrdkilr
 
Thank-you Otto. I did get a couple more from MR. I got 10 years worth of MR (which is where they get their data for their books), I've bought several of their books over the years. What I guess I'm looking for is the doodlings of a creative pearson who has been locked in a room with Atlas trackware for a while.....any idea's....thanks again....

  by Throttle_JCKY
 
thrdkilr, what are you looking for?
What size are you working with, style and so on. Are you into running trains or switching..... so on so forth. I have designed a few modelrailroads over the years.

  by Otto Vondrak
 
If you're looking to design a layout for a specific situation, let us know the details...

-otto-

  by thrdkilr
 
Thanks for the feedback guys, it's appreciated. The space I have is in a fat "U". The overall length is 19 feet with the 2 end area's being squares of 6 1/2 by 7 feet. The connecting (bottom of the "U") part is 5 by 2 1/2 feet. What I would like is to have a 2, 2 track main lines, one being elevated 6 inchs, I don't want them to coneected by a grade or a helix. I would also like to have a single line commuter track and a meandering single frieght line. I don't want a frieght yard. I think I might have to much ...stuff, in a shoe box, but it is my dream layout with all my reguirments for the assets I have. Thanks once again for any assistance you can give...

Mac

  by stilson4283
 
What type of equipent are you going to run and with kind of radius are you looking to use.

Chris

  by thrdkilr
 
I would like to run a long frieght (15-20 cars, 1 or 2 engines, proto, atlas, athearns, GEEPS & ALCO diesels) and a long passenger (Athearn USRA 2-8-2, & 6 Bachman heavys) train on the 2 main lines. I want to set up an automatic commuter line (single track) with LIRR MU-54's, CNW push-pull, and the new 4 car Proto subway set. The last feature is to have a meandering single line with various sidings ect.. for frieght service, which would be worked while everything else runs on thier own...

  by jwb1323
 
I don't think anyone has mentioned the sample layouts on the Atlas site. Unfortunately, I can't point to a URL for a specific page, but go to atlasrr.com, click on Layouts and then click on Layout Gallery. This has the track plans and materials info that's in their layout books.

You haven't said what prior experience you have in building a layout. My recommendation, if this is a first layout, would be to start smaller than your maximum space allows and get a feel for what interests you. It's easy to dream big, but taking all that stuff on at once can lead to disappointment.

  by scrag104
 
I have been in the same boat as you thrdkilr, always looking for that inspirational layout. Well, I have found a few websites that offer some good ideas for layouts. Here are some:

Appalachian Railroad Modeling

Layout Designs.com

Modelrailweb.com

The last website is a layout designers site but there are a few examples for you to look at. Hope these sites help you out.

Scott