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Four Classic Oval HO Layouts

4' by 8' Layouts for Classic Electric Train Operations


The classic oval layout has been around since the earliest train sets.  Many like them for the ability to run a train continuously.  These layouts allow for continuous running of two trains.  With extra track and switches, even this basic layout has variations which make a welcome difference!

By the way, they also make great display layouts for shows, shops and Holiday dioramas!

We begin with a simple double loop, with 22" curves outside, 18" curves on the inner oval.  Use #4 or #6 switches to link the loops

Standard HO switches are added to make a passing siding and looping spur inside the inner oval

Another variant, the oval inside an oval. We still have that inside spur with sidings.

For the person who wants continuous running as well as switching operations, more sidings are easily added.


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