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One interesting L-shaped 3-rail track plan in O gauge, designed using the good old Lionel tubular tracks.


Scale & Size
Scale: O (1/48)
Size: Large
Dimen­sions: 366cm x 244cm; 144" x 96"; 12′ x 8′
Area: 8.92m2; 10.67yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: II, III, IV / Steam, Transition, Modern
Theme: Fictional
Location: United States
Tracks & Route
Trackage: Lionel O Tubular
Type: Closed Route
Line: Double, with Branch(es), with Reverse Loop(s)
Min. radius: 360mm; 14.2" (O31)
Turnout angles: 22.5°
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight, Shunting/Switching
Power supply: DC or DCC
Turnouts: Electric
Uncoupling: Manual


This 3-rail O-gauge plan uses conventional old-style tubular track arranged for display operation. Please note, that several pieces of track are cut to fit.

All of the tighter O31 curves are preceded by wider-radius "easement" curves, and the switches all have wider O72 curves for smoother operation. Two trains can run on independent circuits, with reversing tracks and connecting tracks for variety.

This type of plan is easy to construct on a flat table, and the tracks can easily be changed around if you wish - part of the fun with the traditional O-gauge.

Described by C. Ellis

Project: Track Plan   
Author: Clive Ellis aka Ace   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 08 Sep 2017
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