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Reply to "Around the walls or around the room?"

Leading off on Mark's comment wrt how much space O scale takes, my train room is 11'8" X 12'8" and one simple around-the-walls loop is what fits nicely. Granted that I am limited by a 42" high knee-wall which pretty much precludes a twice-around up-and-over track-plan.

Looking West, leaving room for a futon guest-bed means a single track on a narrow shelf along the North wall:


Facing South. Even modest O scale structures use a lot of real estate:


Situating industries in corners takes advantage of available space. The East End:



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Doorways are alway a constraint. The Northeast corner:


There is just nicely room for a single track along the east wall. Again, O scale is BIG. But as with other folks here, I find the visual impact worth the sacrifice. I don't have to squint while setting-out or picking-up a car on an industry siding :



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