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I would like to build a layout but don鈥檛 have enough space for now.(too many kids)馃槀 But i was wondering about a switch layout. Where should i start? I know there are a few books but dont know if they are any good. I looked on youtube but I find the information is poor and/or makes me even more confused... I have about 7 feet by 3 feet of available space. It would be HO as I already have tracks, power, locomotive...
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You tube is definitely NOT where I would start looking for something like this.

Model Railroader magazine and Model Railroad Hobbyist have both published numerous plans for switching layouts. If you can fit a 2x8 piece of extruded foam insulation board in your space, there are probably about a million plans out there for that. It wouldn't be too hard to cut it down to 7 feet, though.

The only thing you have to worry about is making sure your switch leads at the edges are long enough for a loco and at least one car.
What scale are you going to use on your switching layout?

HO, per the last sentence of his original post.

2x8, if he can find that extra foot, is a good size for that.
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