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stopped every lap or two to set out or p ickup a car or two to alter its consist. I f you like scenery and structures, either of these simple layouts could be c ompleted to the last detail while you gain experien ce in the trackside detail segments of the hobby. The third layout plan is merely a more complex oval with enough laps of track and p assing sidings to allow the o peration of two or more trains. I f y ou like switching operations and/ or wiring for multi-train o peration this one would be a fine e xamp le for your second "phase" in the hobby. W ith these layouts and some of the better b ooks on model railroad electrical p roblems ( HOW TO WI RE YOUR MODEL RAI L ROAD, at $ 3.00, is one of the best your dealer has to offer) you'll learn where the rails must be cut and e le ctrically isolated to avoid short circuits. You'll also find out how and where to install o n-off switches and extra power packs for operating two or mo re trains at the same time. The fourth and fifth lay out p lans don't appear to be much different than the rest but both of them have a "P" -shaped loop to allow n on-stop reversing of a full train . The wiring and operation of a reversing loop is yet anoth er aspect of the wiring side of the hobby that y ou'll want to learn. Again, the books on wiring will show exactly what you have to do to gap the rails and connect the wires and

power supply for a operating reversing l oop. T he final few layout plans illustrate the m ost a dvanced thinking in the h obby; that of "modular" model railroading. The railroad , with this c oncept, is built in sections at least smal l er than a d oorway so that the complete railroad can be disassembled for moving or so that sections can be removed and replaced with revised or extended modules. This type of layout building finds m uc h favor with apartment dwellers and others w h o lack the space for an en tire model railroad. You can comp lete one "module " of your layout at a time right down to the. wiring and scenery; operate trains o n it in back and forth switching move s ; and e njoy the hobby nearly as much as the man with a giant layout. I f you h ave the space you can b uild three or four of these "modules," store them away i n a cupboard when not in use , and set them down on the floor or on removable legs when you want to operate a complete model railroad. Some military men, constan,tly on th e move , h ave even constructed sturdy storage boxes for their "modules" so that all they have to do is screw on the lid when moving day arrives. The concept has application on almost any size model railroad from a shelf-size layout to a giant club. The Thunderbird Model Railroad Club in Phoenix, Arizona, built their model railroad as a complete unit starting in the

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5. This two-oval layout was designed for N scale Rapido-brand track sections but, like the others on these pages, it could be snapped together from almost any brand of HO or 0 scale track to match the same shape. Two trains can operate at the same time o n this one.
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