Anyone building a small O-27 Layout for Halloween or Christmas as a display or permanent layout this coming holiday season? If so lets see them.

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Each year I do a video of my daughters with the Christmas trains for Christmas, it's really fun to watch each year in order to see how both the girls and my train layouts grow.  This past year I included the small layout I have in the basement in the video.  Below is a link to the video if you'd like to see it.  I'm looking forward to shooting the 2014 version, I'll post it here on the forum after we are done.

 

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mGVGAVdlcw

 

Best...Rich

 

 

I have a small O-27 layout as my one and only year round layout!  LOL

It's 39" x 80". It has two loops, the inner one can be run as an oval or a figure 8. I run mostly postwar stuff, but have a smidgen of prewar and MPC era Lionel.

 

 

 

Andy

 

When they were passing out brains, I thought they said trains and I asked for a slow one.

"Small" and O27 fits the description of my layout, a 4x8. Outer loop is 0-42, inner is 0-27. Switches are all Ross 0-31. I have since added a shelf to the front to hold the MTH TIU, DCS Remote Commander "TIU", and my assortment of Lionel and MTH command remotes. 

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I used an old corner module for the club I belong to to build a small Marx layout. The table is hexagonal, and measures roughly 5' x 3 1/2'. The track itself is an oval 27" x 54".

 

Here's a shot of the track plan:

 

 

I use little house shaped cookie tins for the buildings. I can usually find one at the local Goodwill about every three months if I check pretty regular. I have more of them than will fit on the layout, so I rotate them occasionally.

 

Here's a few more shots of the layout, more or less complete:

 

 

 

 

J White

 

Originally Posted by j white:

I used an old corner module for the club I belong to to build a small Marx layout. The table is hexagonal, and measures roughly 5' x 3 1/2'. The track itself is an oval 27" x 54".

 

Here's a shot of the track plan:

 

 

I use little house shaped cookie tins for the buildings. I can usually find one at the local Goodwill about every three months if I check pretty regular. I have more of them than will fit on the layout, so I rotate them occasionally.

 

Here's a few more shots of the layout, more or less complete:

 

 

 

 

J White

 

Very nice work

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them".-Walt Disney

"Well? You coming? Boy: Where? Conductor: Why, to the North Pole, of course! This is the Polar Express!"

 

 

I'm mid-stream re-building a permanent layout, but finally got the Christmas layout running.  Yesterday was reserved for my grandfather's old PW stuff.  Had the 2056 4-6-4, Seaboard NW-2 and 4-4-0 General running well.  Also have a custom kit trolley he built in the 1940s running in the center. Can't complain about old Lionel reliability.

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Howard,

 

They are all repros. Some of them (with the grey bases) are by Trico from a while ago. I bought those thinking they were originals. The ones with the white bases are from a Christmas village line. I can't recall which one. They are a bit smaller than the Trico figures, and definitely better painted. I believe they are cast resin, with the Trico being molded paper mache if I remember the article in the TCA Quarterly correctly.

 

J White

 

that's a very kind offer!

my Christmas platform. This was my Uncle Jim's, I was on the floor at my Grandparents growing up watching the Keystone on Jim's 2020, and his Marx CV. Now these are in my care.

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Dave

 

 

 

Saving Tinplate One Piece at a Time

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SJC posted:

"Small" and O27 fits the description of my layout, a 4x8. Outer loop is 0-42, inner is 0-27. Switches are all Ross 0-31. I have since added a shelf to the front to hold the MTH TIU, DCS Remote Commander "TIU", and my assortment of Lionel and MTH command remotes. 

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IMG_0894

What did you put on top of the table? is it carpet or cork what is it?

Jon Stachowicz posted:

Hi all,

Here's the video.  Hope you like it.

 

 

Normally I am not a big fan of a layout that has almost as much track as scenery. But in your case it works very well.

Nice video.

ENJOY your layout.

As always... Counting the days till Christmas.



Jon Stachowicz posted:

Hi all,

Here's the video.  Hope you like it.

 

 

Interesting track plan.  Can you post a diagram of it ?

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Poor pictures, but  I put this O gauge one together for a few months after we moved years ago till I could get time to build a larger room layout.  Now under the Room layout I rotate S or Marklin ho on a 4X8 as well.

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Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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In our previous house the only place I could have a layout was in the living room. This was a 4'X8' mostly switching pike:

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Fastrack O36 curves.

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Fastrack O72 track switches. A lot of switching operations in 32 sq ft.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

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It may be an old thread, but it is nice to see other small layouts on here. There are many beautiful layouts shown on this site, but not everyone has room for a 30x40, or 10x20 layout. So, the small layouts will always be a popular topic, in my humble opinion.

Jeff

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