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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?
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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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