If you have a small prewar layout (e.g. 4x8, 5x9) please post your trackplan. I'm looking to build a 5x8 layout with room for bungalows/villas and other prewar-only accessories. Track will be O31 tubular. Thanks!
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I don't have a track plan for this simple layout. It is only 45" x 75", but you can see how I placed my accessories. I also have a track for the milk car. I spent a lot of time trying to make it look somewhat like a city while keeping the tinplate feel. Note the custom plots for the villas and bungalow that fit in the curve.
I know Lionel has created tons of small track plans in their catalogues and other places. Not sure where to find them as a group but someone may know. There is always the temptation to cram a lot of track in a small space. But since pre-war basically runs in circles, I left a lot of space for accessories. On a 5' x 8', I would definitely do two independent loops.
Really love your layout Will !
Here are some pics of my prewar layout, its 10 x 7, and contains both standard and O gauge. It certainly can be scaled for your desired size. Currently I can run 4 trains at a time and have 1 additional standard consist in waiting.
The inner O gauge loops allow for 2 smaller consists to run independently or 1 larger one on the connected loop. Also the switch placement was sized to allow me to remove the 2 closer track circles and replace them with a crossover track to form a figure eight.
For Christmas my wife bought me the terrace and station. This required me to change the inner circles to a circle and an oval to accommodate the new addition.
Hopefully these will give you some additional ideas, keep us posted on your decision and build.
NNJ Railfan's question gives me the opportunity to boast that I still have the instruction booklet that came with my dad's Lionel outfit in 1937 here in Australia. There were a number of pages of track plans at the back of the book. If you are working with tubular track, these may still be just as relevant today. I love the photo on the first page of the manual (2nd photo attached).