#34088 Apr 22, 2002
In an off-list conversation with a fellow modeler, I was reminded of a
previous layout I had in a 9'x13'6" bedroom in a mobile home. I was
modeling in HO scale, but at the time of construction I was doing some
custom painting for others that included some O scale equipment. So
there was a need to have at least a test section of O scale track.
I accomplished this by building a double-track HO mainline loop of
track, and spacing the two inner rails to O guage. The HO mainline was
code 100 which was tall enough to allow "O SCALE" equipment to function
without hitting the ties. So for testing purposes, and for occasionally
running the couple of pieces of O that I owned, this loop functioned
well. You had to look closely to notice the additional flangeways needed
where a diverging or crossing track encroached on this "median"area.
Sorry in advance to those that may consider this reminiscence a waste of
bandwidth, but the point is (I guess) that one can design in a unique
requirement that the situation dictates without "spoiling" the overall
effect of a model RR. Oh, yes - I was able to use the same power pack to
operate the O stuff, since one rail was N and one was S although I had
to "reverse" to move forward.