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Old 05-18-2019, 05:59 AM   #1
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Hello, im looking for advice on building an 027 train layout with shunting yards, sta

I need advice on building an 027 model railway, it needs to have shunting yards, big train station (4 track station), refuel stations, custom built sheds for 3 engines, rolling stock shed (passenger cars only), and ballast around the track. Pretty much a full blown railway. Also I'm just starting so thats why i need help with this, and yes I'm aware this will take a long time to do based on how I'm describing it. So I'd appreciate some help because I know that barely anyone has attempted this so this is going to have trial and error for me and my dad if he's wanting to do this. And I do have a nice marx 490 locomotive and set, so there's my start.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:36 AM   #2
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Good to hear your ambition! We've all been there. I too have a couple of nice Marx sets. The one thing I would caution you is to buy Marx turnouts. The "fat" wheels on the Marx engines will derail on the Lionel switches.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:32 PM   #3
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Well I'd say Bob gave some good advice as long as your staying with Marx.
With the size of the layout your planning I'd do some thinking about where you intend to go as far as loco and rolling stock.

If you go to the trouble to ballast track, be sure you have the track you want.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:24 PM   #5
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How much space?

How much space do you have to work with? A decent size 'yard' could be 3' wide and 10' long.

Then there's the rest of the layout tacked onto each end.
Have you looked at the track layou software available on the internet?

This one has a free download, then you pay for more features.
https://www.scarm.info/index.php
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:05 AM   #6
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Overall proposed size of the layout would be very helpful for us to know in order to give you some appropriate suggestions.

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Old 05-19-2019, 10:37 AM   #7
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Yes size of your layout is helpful. Remember the height of the layout too. Don't want to be bumping your head along with getting all your wiring done. Make it easy on your body and get a good height for doing all the work on the underside.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:26 PM   #8
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Well, the size of the board (the layout base) I'm not sure about because I'm also going to add a slot car track on a seprate board. Adding a race way will give an extra scenic view. The railroad track I might not ballast due too the hassle I was told about, and the room I'm using is an upstairs bonus room. If this helps please give some more suggestions, thank you.
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Well, the size of the board (the layout base) I'm not sure about because I'm also going to add a slot car track on a seprate board. Adding a race way will give an extra scenic view. The railroad track I might not ballast due too the hassle I was told about, and the room I'm using is an upstairs bonus room. If this helps please give some more suggestions, thank you.
And the ROOM SIZE?

Sounds like you will need a sizable room, 8' x 8' is a big difference then a 20' x 30'.

How big is the room you plan on using??
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All I can say is the room I'm using is a bonus room.
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