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This is a simple 8x4 layout #1 in O-gauge, designed with Lionel Fastrack pieces. The plan shows a single line in oval which passes via small train station with two tracks in the front and a branch with additional two tracks in the back.


Scale & Size
Scale: O (1/48)
Size: Small
Dimen­sions: 244cm x 122cm; 96" x 48"; 8′ x 4′
Area: 2.97m2; 3.55yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: III, IV, V / Transition, Modern
Season: Spring/Summer
Theme: Fictional
Scene: Country/Village, Plain
Tracks & Route
Trackage: Lionel O Fastrack
Type: Closed Route
Line: Single
Min. radius: 457mm; 18" (O-36)
Turnout angles: 33.75° (O-36)
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight, Shunting/Switching
Power supply: DC
Turnouts: Electric and Manual
Uncoupling: Electric and Manual


The proposed design features a single line in compact oval for running of short passenger and freight trains. It is planned for a standard DC operation, but may be used also with DCC equipment. There are only 4 turnouts – two of them at the station (in front) are manually operated and the other two (on the opposite side) are remote operated. The two tracks in the small branch on the back side have electric uncoupling tracks, where the left one has also a block track for creating insulated section, where one loco may be parked. Two more block tracks are placed at both ends of the first station's track which also can be isolated. The station in the plan is only marked by a rough building, so any factory or custom made building may be used.


A typical operation may be running of two trains (one by one at a time) – one passenger and one freight. While the passenger train runs, the loco of the freight train may wait at the branch. When passenger train stops at the insulated section of the station, the other loco may collect some freight coaches with a shunting (switching) operation, then run with them by passing the station and then go again into the branch.

Project: Layout   
Author: Milen Peev aka Mixy   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 11 Nov 2013
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