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okay so i now only do N scale but i want to start in O scale so anybody with recommendations on locos cars and track would be much appreciated

for the layout i just want a simple oval with a siding or two any good track making companys
 

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There's going to be a million suggestions. Track, control systems, 2 rail, 3 rail, Importers, Lionel, MTH, AtlasO, 3rdrail. Different kinds of track, Ross, Gargraves, Lionel fast track, MTH scale track, AtlasO.

What do you plan on doing? How big of a Layout?

not very big i will measure it when i get home sorry :eek:
 

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In addition to the track types that Superwarp1 mentioned, there is also tubular. If you decide to go with tubular, check out Menards. https://www.menards.com/main/grocer...htm?Spec_ShopByType_facet=Track+&+Accessories

If there is a train meet near you, I would also check that out. Contact your local TCA division to see if they have a meet in the near future. http://www.tcamembers.org/membership/divisions/find/split-michigan.shtml

From your links, you are looking for used stuff. Right? Post war locos are pretty much bullet proof as are most MPC era locos (but some don’t go for MPC stuff saying that MPC stands for More Plastic Crap). Get a Greenberg’s price guide so you know what you are buying. Greenberg’s isn’t a bible, but it will give you a sanity check. They have that 8111 you linked at $65 in mint condition. Williams also makes nice conventional locos that aren’t super detailed, but are bullet proof.
 

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SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER

Space to run whatever layout you decide upon will be at a high premium. Not only the space required to setup the layout design you have chosen but the storage area needed to store your rolling stock and other parts should be carefully considered as well. Oh yeah make sure your significant other is on board for this adventure. I do love my O-Gauge but it is a space hogging hobby for sure. Plan well Grasshopper.

LATER
 

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I'd love to build a dream O layout too but space is definitely the deal breaker for me. And Erie's point about storage is a good 'un-Like you I've got a modest investment into N scale, and even as small as that is it's a challenge finding room for everything! (And I really don't have a lot of stuff)

Pricing is another consideration. I suppose "expensive" is relative to your financial situation but jeez...I'm looking at Lionel's home page right now, at what I think is a drop dead gorgeous Denver & Rio Grande EM-1, retail price $1699.

That's more than I paid for my first, second, and third cars combined!!! (ok yeah they were junkers)

O greatly appeals to me for many reasons, not least of which is the great group of guys into it here willing to share their experience and expertise. The sheer variety is just amazing, especially over N, and the kid in me loves all the automation available. But I've accepted that I'll just have to enjoy that slice of the hobby vicariously.

You'd mentioned in another thread you were on a budget...do you have the kind of scratch needed to get into this? I only ask because I don't think you'd be satisfied with a simple oval for very long.
 

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if you really want to go with O gauge, then do it .....
life is short enough as it is ...
 

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I inheritd a ton of O gauge 1940s to 1960s and im still in $300 fixing and adding a few things. tonsof rolling stock..6 locos...buildings...track..This is 10ft x 6ft... and not big at all. want to do a bridge where you cant see behind and another platform. This stuff needs room!!!! And I have a ton of track left.

There is a local guy selling stuff. got the coal loader for $45 but ended up needing a new belt ($10) and a new complete shaft system ($30)...

tomorrow im picking up a set of 022 track for $10. hope its complete and with switches. to him its old and im going to go through more to see what else he has...

so my point.. check locally too and see. this guy buys and sells over and over...

my layout i want to do..

Electrical wiring Auto part Vehicle Machine

online track software..
traxeditor.com

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I'd love to build a dream O layout too but space is definitely the deal breaker for me. And Erie's point about storage is a good 'un-Like you I've got a modest investment into N scale, and even as small as that is it's a challenge finding room for everything! (And I really don't have a lot of stuff)

Pricing is another consideration. I suppose "expensive" is relative to your financial situation but jeez...I'm looking at Lionel's home page right now, at what I think is a drop dead gorgeous Denver & Rio Grande EM-1, retail price $1699.

That's more than I paid for my first, second, and third cars combined!!! (ok yeah they were junkers)

O greatly appeals to me for many reasons, not least of which is the great group of guys into it here willing to share their experience and expertise. The sheer variety is just amazing, especially over N, and the kid in me loves all the automation available. But I've accepted that I'll just have to enjoy that slice of the hobby vicariously.

You'd mentioned in another thread you were on a budget...do you have the kind of scratch needed to get into this? I only ask because I don't think you'd be satisfied with a simple oval for very long.
ya i looked at the cost of a loop of o scale track the cheapest i could find was 132.76$ and that waaaaay to much so i dont think i will do O scale RN i will try it when i have more money and the locos and cars are cheaper
 
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