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The good basic advice throughout this forum is to build with the largest radius curves you can at all times.

Many beginners have limited space and budgets and are often looking for track plans to get started building a layout and running something while they move forward with the big dream empire. Here's a link to Micro/Small Layouts for Model Railroads. It's one of my favorite sites that I visit often for great ideas - http://carendt.us/index.html They're adding new material all the time and bursting with creativity. Don't miss the "Scrapbook" section.


Any other favorites and sources of inspiration for limited space - track plans?
 

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Marko - That's funny. I was going to point to the thortrains.net Gmini page. It has about 10 plans that have been converted from one scale to another up to G. Good stuff as a starting point, but limited number of ideas. Some of the layouts start small but balloon up to pretty large size quickly. Anyway, I guess great minds run on the same track. - Web
 

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Les -

I'm developing my plans in the same time frame and price range (unless I get some gifts or donations). I'm looking forward to scratch building. (I am happy to learn of sources for supplies, kits to bash, etc.). My layout will have some space, but it will have real limits too (due to other uses, nearby creek, etc.). I'm planning on going with F scale standard gauge with Fn3 dual gauge track in some sections for guests.

Please share what you're working on - pictures, ideas, sources, whatever. If you want to start another thread, let me know what it is, so I can follow along. Thanks.

P.S. I'm modeling a section of Camden & Amboy prototype (in NJ). Stevens invented the iron "inverted T" rail, spike, and wood tie, system in 1831 and first applied it in the C&A as an American substitute for the strap iron on top of wooden rails, or iron rails, bolted to stone sleepers used in England.

I'm deviating from the C&A prototype in this section by having standard and 3 foot dual gauge. I'm making a command decision against an exact model of prototype in favor of having a more accommodating layout. I think model railroading can be very sociable and want to make it easy to have guests.
 

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Wow that was a fast reply. I'll open a thread and let you know. You're right. As a retired tool and die maker I have no doubt you've got the skills and experience to make a fine railroad. Sorry to hear about the flood and hope you can restore/recover. I've been into a lot of things. You might want to try a test piece with copper foil strips with adhesive on the back. These strips come in rolls to serve the stained glass field. (I used to do stained glass.) It has great conductivity, good adhesive,and is fairly durable. My guess is that it would hold up well to the standard train track eraser to keep it clean. (Word to the wise, wear some gloves or put bandaids on a few fingers first because the thin foil can slice skin pretty easily.)
This material is available from numerous sources. Here's a link to give you an idea what I'm talking about

http://www.delphiglass.com
search for copper foil
 

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Hi All and Les

I set up a new thread in the forum under Model making>
"F scale, multigauge projects"

To follow along with Les on his projects
 
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