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Hey I don't see a whole lot of traffic in this area of the forum, myself I'm usually in slots and diecast--but I do love O Gauge and Lionel trains and have a small collection myself.

Just checking to see how many we have here before I start posting question about fixing some of my stuff...about to try and change the lights on a K-Line switcher that I've had since I was a kid.

Come out of the wood work model railroaders! Or even "seasonal" model railroaders like me!
 

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Ya3 is usually out and about. I come in and ask a lot of questions regarding the techniques of building bases and mountains.
Welcome to the forum.
I am usually in the diecast section also.
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Gee, I'm more tuned into the Brass HO scale Steam stuff since I model the Norfolk & Western in the 1930's, and only 2 models are offered as 1930's, the Lifelike Proto2K Y3's and the Spectrum USRA 4-8-2 heavy. THATS IT! All other engines I have are metal/brass.

There are LOTS of Lionel lovers who fix and rebuild O equipment. You should be able to find take apart guides, sources of parts, and suggestions on what to do on the web. The various model companies FANBASE also have histories of the locomotives and rolling stock and ways to identify what you have exactly. Rare and obscure models should NOT be repainted because it reduces the value.
 

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The cool thing with lionel post-war stuff is that much of it IS common and great for tinkering, rebuilding, refinishing and running. You can get a book with manuals and parts sheets for most items too. I bought a nice locomotive on eBay for $15 and bought a couple of parts and got it running very easily and cheaply. It was a lot of fun.
 

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Nice to see some traffic in here...I'm really wanting that Halloween starter set...just seems like something fun to run throughout the spooky season. I wish it were a few bucks cheaper, I can't really validate spending that much money on something that's going to get a month's use before I switch everything over to my Christmas stuff...which will go 2-3 months out of the year.

If I can find that set for 200.00 I'd probably pull the trigger.
 

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Friday, I got for free an "O" gauge Lionel 8902 engine and tender, a gondola car, and a red caboose. From the 70's I think. Also an alien biohazard and alien transport aquarium car. They're nice in OB's. Also, there is a transformer model 4860. I have no track.

My space is above my garage cupboards in an "L" shape measuring 18" wide by 7' long one direction and 9' long the other direction. I can increase the width if needed to incorporate a wider turning radius.

It is my plan to buy track to fit the space for a round and round set up within the "L" pattern and the train to encircle my Aurora monster model collection and my Jim Beam Fish decanters. It should make an exciting adition to my display.

I am very excited about this project but know little to nothing about it except my experience with HO slot car layouts.

Any feedback is appreciated and I will check back often for advice untill I am ready to start a build page here at Hobbytalk. Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions as this is my first experience.
 

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I have several suggestions.
There are several books that you should read and I think that you should visit some railroad sites.
Here are some sites:
http://www.nmra.org/beginner/

http://www.greatesthobby.com/wgh/obj...ullbooklet.pdf

http://www.polyweb.com/dans_rr/blog/...hp/archives/15

http://modeltrains.about.com/od/mode...ng_started.htm

http://www.walthers.com/exec/page/getting_started

http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Model-Ra.../dp/0890243344
The first step in starting a layout is planning, not buying.

Buying stuff is actually the
easy part. All it takes is money and a list of what you need. There are plenty of good vendors to choose from. See the thread above.

Figuring out what to buy is the hard part. That's where planning is important. It means having some idea of what you need for the layout you want to build.

Things to consider include what era you want to model. No point in buying modern diesel locomotives if you are modeling the 1940's.

Do you want to feature locomotives and
rolling stock from a particular railroad or railroads? This will help determine the geographical setting for your railroad.

Or you can approach the other way around. Maybe you already know where your railroad will be located. If so, that may determine which railroad's equipment will be featured.

The type of track requires decisions, too. Do you want maximum realism or easiest setup, or something in between? Your answer will help determine which type and brands of track are best for you. There is no single answer that is best for everyone.

What part of model railroading most interests you? Some people like to operate a layout as realistically as possible. Others want to sit back and watch trains run through finely detailed scenery. Some enjoy the challenge of scratch-building each structure on their layout. Others purchase ready-made buildings but spend hours carefully detailing each locomotive.

Do you envision operating your railroad alone, or do you want a layout that will be operated by several people at the same time?

Are there some things that you absolutely must have on your layout? A turntable and roundhouse? A river? A large yard for making up trains? A coal mine? A farm? A city scene? Broad sweeping curves?

Make a list of these "must-haves" to guide your planning. These things are often referred to as the "givens" for your layout.

Make another list of things that you would like to have but aren't as important as the "givens." This secondary list is often called the "druthers."

With a list of "givens" and "druthers" you can start thinking about what is practical and impractical for you to accomplish. You can start to get an idea of how much space the layout will require and how much it is likely to cost. I think most model railroaders have faced the hard reality that there isn't space, time, or money to do it all.

Thinking about things like this should be your starting point for any layout, long before you worry about where to buy stuff.

I am not an expert but I have been taking notes.

If you want more notes, please let me know.
Richard
 

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These are good things to know and I promise to keep you updated as I learn more. Thank you. At this time I know what I have and the space I have availble. With any luck, I should have everything I need and up and running by December. I promise to stay connected
 

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I just got an auto carrier car off ebay because I have these Hallmark 60s car ornaments and they look about the right size to go with the O gauge train. This is going to be a fun set up. I'm having fun just imagining it! Still no track because I got outbid but its been a long time since I ebayed so I need to try harder to win!
 

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Glad to help.
I am in the planning stages of my layout. My layout will be S scale or 1:64, but my trains are HO and O. I am more into the scenery than watching the trains go by. I want to have a quarry for my construction equipment, a mountain for my diecast to race down and a city for the rest to be displayed. I am still researching my ideas and making drawings and plans on how to incorporate my ideas.
The water and lakes and rivers is going to be the hardest part, I believe.
Still, I was told that it is better to plan and draw, model and tinker with what you want than it is to build it and then find out your mistakes the hard way.
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Tomorrow there is a train show at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Ft Worth and it said on the radio ad there will be 200 tables! I can't wait to go! I'm taking my 8902 engine and transformer along so hopefully they can be tested.

I'm also taking my Alien Biohazard tanker and FLoating Alien Aquarium car for possible trade. They're in OBs with 89.00 price stickers on them! They might be valuable in trade!

This is really exciting because I need track and inspiration and this show comes to town at the exact right time like it was meant to be! I am really excited to get started!
 

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Yes I had a great time. I learned that my 1980s engine was missing contacts and a very cheep engine that wasn't worth fixing, so I traded my Alien Aquarium Car for another engine, this time a real fine metal cast model. The Alien Transport had a 80.00 price sticker on the OB and the vendor was quite happy to make the trade. He gave me an auto transport as well!

Also aquired 28' of straight track and 12 more curve pieces. I chose to hang onto my cheepy transformer untill I know what my needs are as I was toldd it will work just fine.

Funny. Lots of men and dads with young kids there but not many moms or female types! Just a little something I noticed.

So, here in a short time I'd like to start "my first build" topic and share with other interested model builders. Although I have experience at model building and HO slot track layout and desighn this is my first adventure into O gauge Lionel and hope to share with anyone interested here at Hobby Talk!
 

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I have gotten enough track off e-bay to begin my project can someone answer me a question before I begin?

I seem to have a heavier gauge 3 rail and a lighter gauge 3 rail. Both say Lionel. Perhaps this is O vs O27.

They seem to fit together even though the track height is different. Will it cause problems if I use them together? I only have 4 curve and 2 straights of the lighter gauge track but it includes a terminal piece. The larger gauge is needed because I can use it to build the layout. There is no terminal piece for the larger gauge.

So is there any harm in combining the lighter track with the heavier track if I compensate fo the height difference?
 

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Thanks for your reply. These message boards are great even if somebody doesn't know. Soon as I'm ready to give a test run, I'll respond to my own question. Good to see activity on the train board!
 
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