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Gradual Expansions lets you build great layouts without breaking the bank!
Most of the layout books and basic manuals out there treat layouts as if they must be completed as one unit. For the budget-minded O gauger, that can be expensive. Good switches are expensive, and some types of O track are themselves rather pricey. You might think you are stuck with what you can afford now. Would things not be better if you could expand gradually, as funds allowed?
Indeed you can! This section has eight different plans of expansion for you. Each is a series of layouts that can be expanded gradually without stopping you from running your trains. They are easy to build, fun to run, and can be expanded as time, money and convenience permit. By having a look at the final plan, you can start some scenery new where it will not be uprooted with further track expansion. Likewise, you can eventually grow your layout fro ma simple set of loops to a feature-filled railway as intense as any that might be available on a big budget. You do not have to save up and store goods until the big day when you have everything. You can start enjoying your layout right now and keep using it even as you add track and accessories.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Click each of these to see the layouts
1) Basic two-loop O27 track plan with reversing siding
2) Simple plan using O27 track and expanding the layout with O-31.
3) Great O-31 layout with plenty of action and intriguing possibilities for expansion
4) Gently expanding O plan using MTH track, can also use O-31
5) Pleasant little O27 plan that includes 42" curves.
6) O-31 layout that adds 42" curves and very easy expansion
7) Nice O-31 plan with some O27, great for trolleys, streetcars and small trains!
8) Nifty O27 railway for trolleys, interurbans and small freight drills
9) Fun-filled, affordable layouts using only 42" curves
10) Those 42" layouts above expand easily into these great pikes
11) Here are layouts that use 54" curves for fine low-cost layouts.
12) Point-to-point layouts for a 4' by 8', for all kinds of railroading.
13) More point-to-point layouts offering a variety of action.
14) Extend the #13 Point to Point Layout to 12 and 16 feet of action
15) Try adding to Layout #13 in another direction. Here are some fascinating track plans!
16) Using the layouts described in #12 above, we get massive layouts planned for the budget hobbyist.
17) Taking the layouts in #16, we make great long railways with many operational challenges
18) A great layout that starts with a dogbone
19) Fantastic layout with a wide dogbone at the center
20) This layout is only 3 feet wide - lots of train action for a tight space.
21) This massive O-72 layout has lots of action
22) Here we have taken to O-72 Layout to the extreme, a 25' by 25 masterpiece railway
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