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Old 11-18-2019, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hi all dont know where to start with this question but here it goes. I grew up with HO gauge, and in my intro post talked about getting back into it 15 years later with my son. Currently all I have left from my childhood layout is a bunch of cheap ez track and switches, a couple old engines and cars, and a few scenery pieces so not a lot. Room in our current home is an issue, might be able to fit a single 4x8 table which doesnt offer a lot in HO. We also plan to move in the next year or so, so moving a complete 4x8 HO layout wouldnt be fun. So Im thinking of switching to N but have questions of course.
I like options and "realism" how much do you lose switching to N scale?
Are buildings and car options just as viable?
Last is price is there a big difference in price between the two? I've looked a little bit and engines seem more expensive in N scale but track seems cheaper.
In my situation which scale seems better? Thanks for the help, love all the information on here.
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:03 PM   #2
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If you are asking for opinions, I would wait until you are in your new home before starting any railroad.

If you are still shopping for a home, you will be able to decide on a home with an extra room, finished or semi-finished basement, or other large space to start your railroad empire.

Don't be impatient. Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again.
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:08 PM   #3
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If I were moving in a year, but still wanted to run trains now, I'd set up a temporary layout.....at least it gets you running trains, and it may give you ideas you'd never get if you did no model railroading at all.....

Start with what you have, and go from there on a temporary basis, for now....

Michael's ideas and comments for a permanent layout are indeed wise.....
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:11 PM   #4
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Appreciate the feedback, I say in a year but weve been saying that for the past 5 years lol. So in reality we might be stuck here another couple years. One reason I was debating N scale, can do a smaller layout and would be easier to move if it came to that. If you take a possible move out which scale would you suggest?
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:16 PM   #5
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For the amount of space you are limited to, I would probably select N scale. I couldn't do another 4x8 HO layout. Too limited for me.

N scale give you effectively twice the space to work in that HO provides in the same amount of square footage.
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:34 PM   #6
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On the other hand, a 4 x 8 'HO' layout is no harder (or easier) to move than a 4 x 8 'N' scale layout.....
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:41 PM   #7
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I just bought my house July 26th and what I had before I started my layout here is a 4x8 that I framed up and made it able to fold in half. If you want more instruction how I did it I’ll gladly post it but I had fun with it and it did the job. With the track all installed I think It may have weighed 50 pounds. That’s an over estimate too. It’s awkward to lift but was a good time for me. If you’re doing it for a child I would suggest ho just for the fact that ho seems to be a little tougher than n scale And a little more available for parts. Price wise it seems close to the same price and I think you lose detail with n but it’s your decision on what you decide to do.
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:25 AM   #8
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On the other hand, a 4 x 8 'HO' layout is no harder (or easier) to move than a 4 x 8 'N' scale layout.....
True I was looking at doing a smaller N scale like a 3x5 or so.
I guess I should of made this post more of a for those of you who have done both N and HO which do you prefer and why? Are there pros and cons to either besides one takes up more room.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:47 PM   #9
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A major consideration in your decision of scale
is the very small size of N scale locos and cars.

Large and small hands can have difficulty working
on them. Tracks must be very accurately laid...a
tiny 'gap' could be a foot to a small N scale wheel.

Instead, I'd like to suggest an easier to work on
HO switching layout.
It can be complex, yet take up little space, perhaps
no wider than a 2 or 3 feet. Further,
it can easily be moved to a new home where you could
then add to it to make a more complete layout.

You can create a nice yard which would service a number
of industrial spurs that would require a lot of loco and
car movements.

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Old 11-19-2019, 03:10 PM   #10
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If you have a choice, go and browse an online dealer like modeltrainstuff.com or hobbylinc.com. Look at the variety of locomotives, rolling stock, structures, and vehicles. There's a whole lot more variety in HO than N.
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