Large Scale Central

Lord help me, my mind is running again :D

So recently I got a new job, and a change of scenery came with it. I went from corn fields in the Midwest to mountains of Central America :smiley: and in my apartment I have a really nice shelf. It is about 6ft long by 20" deep. The wood shelf can be taken out, and an outlet is located right there. My mind keeps running to possible industrial shelf switching layout with small 4 wheel rolling stock. Someone please talk me out of this before I start another project lol here is the shelf, any ideas for it?

Nope…nothing to say, can’t help

lol thanks for the moral support Vic, knew I could count on you :wink:

now I guess I gotta start looking for rolling stock hahaha would love to find the LGB field railway steamer to kitbash, but wow are those high lol

Avoid this website like the plague,“Micro/Small layouts for model railroads”
(“Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated”)

"“[In early 2001] I launched a project to see how small a model railroad layout could shrink and still be fun to operate. I designed and built the Squarefoot Estate Railway, a working G scale line in less than one square foot. I described it on the Internet and began to hear from people who also wanted to try their hands at building an ultra-small operating layout. Interest snowballed almost immediately.

“We dubbed them ‘micro layouts,’ and I started adding examples — both my own and other peoples’ — to my website [in January 2002]. I reckoned there would be maybe 10 or 15 layout possibilities in these extremely small sizes. I was astounded when the total collection passed 25 … then 50 … 75 … and grew beyond 100 different layouts! It’s still growing, and I’m still amazed and delighted at the ingenuity and imagination of model railroaders worldwide.”"

I have almost the identical layout to the one pictured, I just never photographed it as its incomplete. I plan to use HLW minicars exclusively on it with either a Mack or a small kitbash engine on a minicar chassis. I’m thinking of trying magnetic couplers to save space and make coupling/uncoupling easier. I could also recommend a Lil Big Hauler loco they are very compact.

lol Forrest, unfortunately I am very familiar with that sight and the Squarefoot Estates Railway, that’s part of the reason my mind is in this mess lol Looks like I may be joining the dark side

Do it !

OK so given the extreme small nature of the space I am think a play on scale here. What about a garden railroad??? Stay with me how about a g scale diorama with a ride on garden railroad in n scale? Maybe a 1:29 park with a static display loco and an operational ride on railroad

Does it have to be large scale? How about 0n30? It’s a tad bigger then HO and will fit in an area a small HO layout would fit in. It also has a good assortment of smaller engines. Shays’, Climax’s, Porters…plus the Mogul.

You can get On30 equipment pretty cheap. Then you can use O scale kits with it!!!

Do it! Do it! Do it!


You can get On30 equipment pretty cheap. Then you can use O scale kits with it!!!

Do it! Do it! Do it!


Do it with lots of pics.(

Now my mind is really running lol I did think of trying On3 as I have always wanted to try that, only thing is I would have to start from scratch, where as I already have some of the shorty cars in G scale to bash.

Terry is right. I’ve always been amazed at how much cheaper the same locomotive is in On3 compared to F scale. Generally half to a third of the price. I like the plan in whatever scale, something close and inside, to play with any time.

hmmm, there is no door to close that space…

could you put in another board, to reach 35" wide?

if yes, i got an idea for you.

a faller e-train circle has an diameter (outside to outside, including overhang for rolling stock) of 35".

it runs on 32mm (0 gauge) track, but is about 1:22 or 1:24. (it was made to go with playmobil)

only source for that nowadays is ebay.

edit: take a look!;_ylt=AwrBTvjMd_BVn4cAP0OzSBh.;_ylu=X3oDMTE1c3YxcGc5BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRTFDMDAxXzEEc2VjA3BpdnM-?p=faller+e-train&fr=yfp-t-726&fr2=piv-web

I recall the RMT range, which once was listed with Aristo for a couple of years. That I believe was On30 and is still being sold, but direct now, by Walter Mattuch. It is a reasonably priced and has a decent range of model types.

Ready Made Toys or RMT is O27 , full O gauge originally based on old K-line and some Marx stuff. Definitely not On30

Thanks for the correction of scale Vic. It still catches my eye however but I will stick to 1:29 with a bit of 1:22.5 for a different era.

Ready Made Toys. RMT. Small, non-scale toy trains designed to run on 027 track.

Edit to correct autocorrect. (

Keep it G and go Gn15.