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Thanks Roddy,

Just been looking at Ians use of O and OO together. Set me thinking. I was going for a double track O gauge bed but now wondering whether to have one O and one OO track. Wished I had not looked after selling most but not all my OO stock! AAAH! Got to wait and see if Mick will boot me off first if I dont lay a bit of OO :-)

cheers

mark

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You will not get booted off Mark. What you could do, is use the OO track as a narrow gauge industrial feeder line to the main line. Something like that anyway.

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8 hours ago, markgd said:

.AAAH! Got to wait and see if Mick will boot me off first if I dont lay a bit of OO :-)

I'm still pondering that one Mark 😉

What's behind your decision to go over to O gauge? You seemed to be getting on so well with the oo setup though as you mention, there is the possibility of doing something similar to @ba14eagle and run the two side by side if that's of interest.

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good morning Mick, I guess the decision was made for me. A friend from the UK knew I was building a garden railway and brought me a DAPOL Pannier tank and auto coach as a present when he came to stay with us in New Zealand for Christmas 2018. He bought O instead of OO, the wrong scale. When I saw them I was amazed at the details and quality. He was so apologetic. I took a long hard look and thought that if i was going to change scale I had to do it now or not at all before I was any further ahead with the OO build. I can use my existing trackbed for a single line O bed instead of double track OO.  I changed my job at the beginning of 2019 so everything was put on hold. The same friend then sent me a Parkside wagon kit for my birthday in October 2019 and that was the decider. Is was a banana box van and I loved building it. The detail was amazing. So really that is what clinched it. Then I saw BA14 eagles new set up and I'm now wondering whether to run a OO beside the O or whether just to go for O. Choices choices.

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I would just stick to the O gauge Mark - before you make any decision though, have you the space for decent radii curves? 

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Hello Iain, nice to chat to you again. Hope things are settling down in BA14. Seems life is throwing various people curve balls right now. 

I have 6 feet radii. I have cut a 90 degree 6 feet radius template out of ply to use as a guide. It's a bit of a fiddle as a need to get around the back of the shed but I can do it. Eventually I will have to make a 9 feet removable section to get across the lawn which will need some thought but thats a while away just yet. The trackbed is raised up around 3 feet above the garden.  In the OO plan I was using the shed as a terminus. In o gauge its going to be a tight radius to get into the shed. I am only going to use it unpowered to store rolling stock and will push it out onto the mainlines to run it connect it to locos. I will have to schlep the locos into the house every time but so be it. Unless I can have another shed but thats for another day.

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