How small of a layout is too small?

How small of a layout is too small?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:51 am

We are considering replacing our original traveling layout, that was used at the first train show that we displayed at in Greenwich, CT about 6 years ago. The modular layout simply has no real purpose outside of touring, and that is not often enough to make it viable for the given space at hand.

The limit on size is 4'x6' for a solid layout, as that is the largest that my truck can handle and cover safely. However we are thinking of going smaller, so that the layout will also serve as Terry's first model train layout in his room, so around 3'x5' is more desirable for that purpose.

How small is too small of a layout for display purposes?
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby CN-TT » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:26 am

Size doesn't matter, if you make it interesting. I'm very pleased with my GuiTTar Case. Even in the current state, it drew some attention at the last show. And it's fun playing with!!!

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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:28 pm

Bjoern,

Thanks, that actually gives me an idea: a small operable (meaning continuous running) layout, and a "unique" layout like, but not the same as your GuiTTar case.
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:59 pm

My show layout is 3 X 6 - you've seen it.


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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:47 am

ConducTTor wrote:My show layout is 3 X 6 - you've seen it.


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I remember it well. It just seems that it would look nicer and be easier to setup if it was in one section, along with more durability as well, and more importantly, less work for me to kneel down and/or get under the layout as my back problems have degraded a bit since the 2013 NTS.

I have decided that the remaining modules will be stripped down to the base components and be used as a second level for the home layout.
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:54 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:It just seems that it would look nicer and be easier to setup if it was in one section


Absolutely. Mine has to fit in a 2 door Civic so I had to make it in pieces.
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby Arseny » Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:43 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Mine has to fit in a 2 door Civic so I had to make it in pieces.


I beleive you should purchase Suburban and forget about that stupid size limitations :lol:
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby Arseny » Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:25 pm

AngrySailor302 wrote:How small is too small of a layout for display purposes?


I am sure that NO layout is "too" small.
Any layout can be interesting, irrespective of its size. Even the tiny layout can be very interesting, even at the show.
Moreover, VERY tiny layout can be more interesting than the big one, due to its small size.
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Re: How small of a layout is too small?

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:09 pm

Arseny wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:Mine has to fit in a 2 door Civic so I had to make it in pieces.


I beleive you should purchase Suburban and forget about that stupid size limitations :lol:


I like small, light, nimble, fast. Like a go-kart. For now it's a Civic Si. Someday it will be a Lotus....
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