Hi guys. I'm in need of assistance. My main modeling interest is NKP at Delphos, Ohio and the adjoining ACY, HO scale.
However, I've 'discovered' 0 scale! So, I'm hoping to have a go at it, very modest due to cost and other constraints, plus I don't want to drift to far away from my HO project. The trouble is, I've no idea about track planning. Firstly, my track layout has been more or less chosen for me, because my Delphos project is proto-based. Secondly, just how BIG is 0-scale? Lol
Now I know the actual dimensions, but just how much layout can you fit in a given space? Hence my appeal. I've got a modest location, 16 feet by 10 feet, the only obstruction being a doorway at one end that opens out. I'm after some ideas please, on a switching layout to go in that space. I'm currently being drawn towards the dark side (P:48), so a straight-ish 16 x 3 up one side, or maybe slightly longer diagonally across the room might seem most suitable, but I'm open to suggestions. Period and location are open too, but early diesel on a short line appeals most. I'm also very much against 'toy train' layouts as opposed to 'proto-' styled ones (does that make sense? I don't want a circle, passing loop and two Spurs type of layout, more like something a real railroad might produce). So far, ideas for engines are pointing in the RS3 and SW7 direction -cheap!- but livery could be real or fictional, as long as it's believable. I'd like the layout to be the same. As an example, albeit HO, I like Lance Mindheim's industrial spur layouts, but maybe aged a bit -1950's- but just don't know what I can fit in.
To sum up, 16x10, P:48, switching, two locos, perhaps twenty freight cars. 1950's, believable. Complex enough to maintain interest, simple enough not to overwhelm me, or the space available.
So that's it. Suggestions, observations, locations, maybe a fully annotated detail drawing(!) most welcome!