Hope everyone will be off to church soon,
I have a small layout (no basement when living on the Gulf of Mexico) on an island table 7 x12. I figure that since Biloxi is essentially on an island, my trains may as well be too. I sacrificed a larger layout to have plenty of aisle space for folks to move around the entire layout.
I am a loop runner in order to accommodate as wide a radii as possible, and as many trains as possible - O72, 054, and 042 in good old Lionel tubular. I have found switches are just another name for trouble when running trains. If it were not so, there would not be so much discussion on the forums regarding switches. (A topic for another day. Hope you enjoy yours.)
If I do add in Standard Gauge track on the layout, how much spacing between the tubular tracks that I have down and the SG track would I need? I don't want to bump trains. Not sure if I sacrifice my 042 tubular that I can put 042 SG inside my 054 tubular and not bump trains. I have a Hellgate bridge on the 054 and if I put down SG, I would want to move it to the SG track and that would mean an add'l space requirement. I don't mind sacrificing the 042 tubular to get the 400E COMET running on the table and I definitely want to keep the 054 and 072. It would be iffy to enlarge the table in order to lay SG outside my 072. And will the Comet even run (effortlessly) on 042 SG, I know originally it was made to do so.
Of course if I put down SG track that would entice me to buy SG trains....or I can just leave the Comet in its display case.
Thanks for any insight.