thinking of going to o gauge

littlefatbuddy Jan 8, 2016

  1. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    hey guys i been into ho for a while eyes are getting bad an am considering going to o gauge.
    what i would like to know is how is the curves measured in o gauge, what brands are good an bad an can i do o gauge in a 6ftx10 ft space. what kind of equipment can be ran i like modern deisels es44's sd70ace's for example thanks for the help also what kind of control system is avilble in this scale i run dcc in ho thanks alot
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Six by ten will give a decent little oval.

    Tinplate track is designated by diameter of a circle. Such as O-27, O-31, O-48, O-72. O-27 will restrict the type of engines you can run on such small curves. O-72 is to much for your mentioned six by ten space.

    No idea of your budget, but if considering tinplate/"Hi-Rail", I would sure hope you might look at the Lionel post-War period, 1945-1969. Whatever you choose, for new stuff, this size is going to cost more than HO.
     
  3. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    not sure what budget ill have been lookin around on trainworld an such see that mth has a few starter sets with locomotives like i am into an cool to know on the curves what could i possibly do in this space i havnet seen many plans online for o gauge or o scale whichever its actually called thanks for your time.
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    In sizes such as O and S, when using "gauge", it's generally about the so-called "tinplate" or "Hi-rail" style of track. When saying "scale", is usually looking at the more prototypical appearing rails, ties, rolling stock wheel flanges, etc.
     
  5. ScaleCraft

    ScaleCraft TrainBoard Member

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    Do a little research before you dive into anything that is a proprietary control, just to see what issues folks have with any of them.
    One system has a book out (fourth edition now?) on how to hopefully make it work.
     
  6. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    okay cool thanks yea i wasn't going to dive rite inot it was just soemthing i had happen to seen while browsing what brands are good bad
     
  7. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    The MTH Railking set is a good way to start. The trains are semi-scale, a little smaller than full O scale size. They look good together and all Railking goes around O31 (31" diameter circle) curves. With MTH you can run them with DCS (Digital Command System) wireless walk around control or you can run them conventionally from a traditional transformer. Generally full O scale 3 rail costs quite a bit more than semi-scale and runs on larger diameter curves. As suggested, take a little time to learn about O before taking the plunge. I run semi-scale on my small layout and I'm very happy with it.
     
  8. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    okay will do on the research on this i think the semi scale side is where ill be headed since im limited on space an i will look into the dcs control thanks again.
     
  9. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    It looks like I am going to be building a small O27 layout myself...Gramps is giving my two year old son some elcheapo Lionel Scout locos and I have my Santa Fe freight ALCO's.....
     

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