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Track7 here. Just getting into model trains, HO. Just bought a lot of Hawthorne
Village trains/tracks, and acc.5-6 trains. 4-5 villages, bridges etc. No layout as of yet but fixing a place in the basement, 12x30 for my trains. I Can't wait to get started on the table. I think it will be in a U shape 4x12 end and 4x12 middle and 4x12 other end. Well I'm sure I will be asking a lot of questions. I even painted the wall blue as a backdrop.
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Yep, modular. I preach it and I live it. Work from the inside and not the outside. Build a "bridge for you and the operators to get inside. OR..... build so tht you can reach back. Check out these clearances from the NMRA. They may help you decide.

Here is a link top the NMRA(National Model Railroaders Association) site.

http://www.nmra.com/standards/sandrp/consist.html

Select S-7, Clearances

I would also recommend no radii of turns less than 22" and better than 24"+: is better. 18"r will work but is not compatible with larger cars and engines.

Here is a link to building modules.

http://www.nmra.org/standards/modules/ms_intro.html
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You have a great sized table. Defiantly go with 22 or larger radius turns. Due to my layout design I had to have a 15 degree turn in mine. Works well with my 2-6-2 Prairie but nothing larger. No freight cars over 50 foot scale. Had to sell my passenger train because of it.
 
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