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Old 04-28-2014, 01:00 AM   #1
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HO vs N

I got a 50 inches by 50 inches space available for a winter theme layout. If I choose to go HO, I will have a turntable and two short sidings, but not much room for much buildings or scenery. If I choose to go N scale, I will have two tracks, two sidings complete with a small town. I don't know which to choose, help me out...

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Old 04-28-2014, 01:39 AM   #2
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Brandon, (et al)...

From the space you have available it would appear that you have less interest in running trains than interest in displaying a winter scene...I'd suggest that with what you mention regarding an HO construction involving a turntable, you would be modeling a locomotive repair facility in the winter months without much real estate to work with for locomotive movements anywhere else as a train (with a consist of freight or passenger cars).

In my view, then the more obvious choice would be to construct a layout in N-scale and incorporate a track plan (and repair facility, if that's what you are focused on) that gets you (your locomotives) out of the yard and, as a train, to some other location of interest with perhaps a wye turnaround within the remainder of the 17 square feet of real estate available to you.

A suggestion, FWIW

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Old 04-28-2014, 05:51 PM   #3
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As Fred pointed out, it depends on what you want to do....run a train, or focus on a very tight area.....you tell us?
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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Consider your age and physical abilities. Can you see N-scale well enough to model it? How well do your hands and fingers work?
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:16 PM   #5
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I do quite well with N scale, I already got a running N scale layout. I would like to have some scenery and not just all trains, so N scale in that space would probably be a wise choice
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:42 PM   #6
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Consider your age and physical abilities. Can you see N-scale well enough to model it? How well do your hands and fingers work?
This alone dictated HO. O certainly has appeal, but space is an issue. Plus, I've already purchased a lot of HO items (and our club is DCC HO).

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