I remember seeing a video of a person who built a small train layout and they stated that it was a practice layout to gain experience needed to build something more ambitious. I got the urge to run with this idea and build a 2' x 4' traction layout featuring a small downtown in the front of the layout and an elevated rural area in the back of the layout. It would be something that I could put on a shelf in my small apartment.
In preparation of this project I picked up a Bachmann Peter Witt. The seller listed in the N scale section of ebay but when I got it today I noticed that it was HO scale which is fine as the ultimate goal is to build an urban layout with streetcars on a 4' x 5'10" piece of OSB which will slide under my futon frame when not in use.
Before I do anything I will get a copy of the Traction Guidebook for Model Railroaders.
Do you see any value in building a small layout in order to gain experience or should I just dive in my bigger HO layout and learn as I go?
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