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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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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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Welcome to the site.

How much room do you have for your RR empire?
 

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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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Overall proposed size of the layout would be very helpful for us to know in order to give you some appropriate suggestions.

Welcome to the MTF. You will find both knowledgeable and hospitable members here.
 

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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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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??:confused:
 

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All I can say is the room I'm using is a bonus room.
Ok, Top Secret.
Bonus room, Ok.

They make this thing called a tape measure.
It will measure the size. :D?????

Like I said the size matters as to what you can build.
In a larger room you can use larger curves so your layout will be set to run larger trains if needed.

If you don't want to tell it's size, maybe a picture of the "bonus room" will give us an ideal of it's size?
 

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Ty: In reading through this thread, it sounds like an interesting plan in your head. But as others have suggested, the approximate size of your proposed layout, not the room size, would be more appropriate before anyone could contribute any worthwhile ideas.
 

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Well, that looks like a nice room.
I guess you can empty the room?

Are you planning on using all of it?

Looks to be 8' or 10' wide by 20' or 25' long?
 

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Google, download, and install SCARM layout planning S/W. The free versions will accommodate 100 pieces of track. And if you use 37" Gargraves straight or 35" or 40" Lionel straight sections that will give plenty of track to plan. And that planning will tell you dimensions and basebaord sizing to fit it in your bonus room.
 

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@Yellowstone special, thank you, and I do have a big plan in my head. 027 gauge just looks best to me.
When I was a kid way back in the early 1960s and slot car racing sets were just taking off, my father and I made one layout with a Lionel 027 train and slot car roadway set combined and it turned out pretty well. It went right onto the ping pong table and we had fun racing the train with the slot cars, with the longer sections of the straight roadway right next to the train track. :)
 

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@Yellowstone special, thank you, and I do have a big plan in my head. 027 gauge just looks best to me.

Why don't you make a drawing of the plan in your head?
Does not matter how primitive it is, just so we get a picture of what is on your mind.

Then you might get a few suggestions to improve your plan.
 
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