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July 25, 2006

O Gauge Track Plans


So you're thinking about building an O Gauge layout and you need some ideas about how to design the track plan.  You can always come up with something yourself, but it's much easier to start with existing plans to help get the creative juices flowing.  Not many web sites offer and extensive collection of plans for free but there are a few resources that offer free plans you can use directly or as a base for creating your own layout plan.  Click on the link below to read on.

The All Gauge Model Railroading Page is the best free resource for track plans.  You'll find track plans for layouts of all sizes including many plans for 4' x 6' or smaller areas for all types of track.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Classic Layouts For O and O-27 Trains
Fun Action And Animated Layouts
Doorway Layouts
Small Layouts For O

Participants of the O Gauge Railroading forum have developed some very nice O Gauge track plans for Lionel's Fastrack.  Here are the links:

Fastrack Layouts
More Fastrack Layouts
Small Fastrack Layouts
Fastrack 6' x 12' Two Train Layouts

The folks at Atlas O have posted plenty of plans using Atlas O's Nickle Silver or Solid Steel track.  They can be found at the following links:

O 3 Rail Nickle Silver Layout Gallery
O 3 Rail Solid Steel Layout Gallery

Atlas also provides free track planning software, Right Track Freeware 7.0.

If you don't mind spending a little money for a track plan book, Kalmbach publishing offers a large selection of track plan books.  Kalmbach also offers a nice selection of track plan articles for download at a cost of $5.95 each.

The above resources are sure to get your track planning off to a good start.  Have fun and good luck.

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Has anyone come up with a track layout that combines the O gauge and the new "fast track" on a 4 x 8 table?? Please let me know... I need some ideas... Thanks!

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