For now the picture I showed is all the room I have. It's a 4 x 6 1/2 sheet of plywood with the other foot and a half from the sheet set onto the long end. The plan is to start learning how to make landscaping and such on that setup to figure out what I like. I figure if I really enjoy the modeling and scenery side of it all I might switch to HO so I can do more of that with the space I have. Eventually I'll have that whole small bedroom to use, but it'll be at least a couple years until I can (hopefully) move the bed and other stuff out.Ironw;
Welcome to the forum, and to a great hobby. How much space do you have for a layout? O-gage trains are lots of fun & have a whole slew of operating accessories available. They do need a good deal of rom, and money. O-gauge, Three-rail is sort of a separate niche within the overall hobby of model railroading. It uses a different electrical system, based on that third rail down the center of the track and includes a different way of reversing a locomotive. All perfectly OK, just different, and the Lionel system has been working very reliably for many years.
We have a lot of very enthusiastic, and knowledgeable, O-scale modelers here. Check out our O-scale section for advice specifically related to that scale. The file below is about Model railroading in general, and aimed at new model railroaders, like you.
Again, Welcome aboard.
Currently I'm playing with ways to add a mountain, slightly elevate part of the track that goes behind that, and I have two switches ordered to create an inner oval that will go through a tunnel. After that? Who knows, try to fit a couple buildings probably. I'm hoping to have enough room to build a running layout that I like in O gauge as I really like the size.