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 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2016 05:43 am
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Hey all, is there and good but freeware software for making layouts/plans?

I have and can use Visio, but if there is something that is made for layouts it would make things easier.

I think this is the next step in my journey as I am set on one of two scales (finally!).

Thx!

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 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2016 06:37 am
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I have used SCARM in the past and it worked for me. I have not tried the latest version.
http://www.scarm.info/index.php

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 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2016 05:59 pm
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Thank you Frank, will check it out.



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BTW, I bought "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" book. I am hoping that helps me out.

Any feedback on this book?



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I think that you are referring to a book written by John Armstrong

Excellent book, but perhaps a little more advanced than a beginner needs for a first layout.

My suggestion for you is to buy some 0n30 --an engine, and some care, and track. Lay the track in whatever configuration your available space will allow--and get something running.

This will tell you a lot more than talking about the differences between 1/64 and 1/48. The equipment is readily available, and saleable if you decide that something larger suits you better.

This comes from someone who has built (not finished) so many layouts in 67 years, that I can't count them. Major scale change along the way also.

Get running!!!!

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 Posted: Tue Aug 30th, 2016 04:25 pm
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Herb,
I have been working on getting equipment. I already have one starter set and two locos, but to complete this investigation I need to obtain a real 1:48 O scale loco and one On30 1:48 (that one is easy enough). The issue is convincing my wife it will save money down the road and that I will be happier with what I ultimately choose! :)

And yeah - that thought crossed my mind this morning actually: how many people do you all see that talk about doing it, do some investigation and then never actually get anything running?  My guess is quite a few.  I think it applies to a lot of different areas in life.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 30th, 2016 05:49 pm
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Helmut:
Go with the On30, much cheaper than O scale standard gauge at eats up less space. I did and never looked back.
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 Posted: Tue Aug 30th, 2016 06:11 pm
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Basher,
Thx. I am REALLY tempted by that - there are some pretty cool On30 locos. If you have not been following my saga here in the last couple of weeks, I intend to make an outdoor layout. Yes, I understand the challenges, etc. in doing this in anything other than G gauge but am going to try (if I decide to do O or On30 gauge).

The biggest deal with On30 is I fear it is just as small as S scale or O semi-scale, and I might want something bigger. But hat is why I am purchasing one of each to set out where the layout will go and see how the sizes fit.

But I like the On30 stuff so much I might just get some track, etc. to go with it and have it anyway. And yes, it is much less expensive than actual O scale stuff.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 30th, 2016 06:18 pm
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Helmut:
OK I did not understand that you are thinking about an outdoor layout. On30 may be too small. I think only a few people have tied On30 outdoors
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