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« on: June 20, 2022, 09:49:05 AM »

I have a Big G Scale that is approximately 7ft by 4ft in size that is too big for the space I have. The track is the original that came with the set setup on plywood board. I want to reconfigure the layout to a smaller size and need track curves to hopefully make a figure 8, and other track components to allow trains to run side by side in the reduced space. I'm open to suggestions and ideas on how I can best leverage my investment and enjoyment pleasure. Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2022, 01:14:48 PM »

You will get more opinions, but remember the old saying, opinions are like rear ends, everyone has one so take with a grain of salt. Here is my opinion.  In G scale, a 4 by 8 sheet of plywood is way too small as it is.  Now this will depend of which engines you have, but that equates to a 4 foot diameter which is pretty much minimum for any engine except very small things like Eggliners, etc.  Possibly Shay or climax.  Adding double line and more issues.  So shrinking is even a bigger issue.  To do plywood size layout, Id suggest you move to HO instead of G.  Although I saw someone did a layout on I think 2 foot diameter, but "to me" would become boring very quick.
Loco Bill Canelos

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 07:04:42 AM »

Hi Larry,

What size space do you have?  It may be impossible to find ready made curves that will work in the space you have. I see no way to run trains side by side even on the 7x4 size you already have.  A smaller scale as recommended by Mickey is the way to go until you get a bigger space.

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 09:36:04 AM »

You might look at the
Pizza Layout posts by Vic Smith

on the Large Scale Central forum for possible inspiration.
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