Well I would be careful with a 2nd hand layout such as that. alot of people build these, when new, and get in trouble in getting it working well.Thanks David, the first mentioned points were exactly what was running through my mind. What did you mean by “The HOG principle to me initially was aimed fr switching”
You could be getting something needing a lot of work to correct, if possible ! Some aspect may not be correctable, some might need a huge effort to redo, replace. It would not get you going if that was the case.
The skills and knowledge to get it working may be lacking for a novice, even for a experianced user.
There again it might work perfectly. This will depend on the trains you try to use on it. If you use the same train the owner had, it may all work fine. But if you select trains different, they may not work well.
They say one learns more by starting small and new. You make a lot of common mistakes, you improve, you add the the first layout, then decide to make a 2nd layout that will be better than the first - more experiance, more desire for something more than a loco going round and round.
The HOG principle to me initially was aimed fr switching, but if you want to watch a train going around without stopping you can do it. A common construct is a station and yard on one side of the room, and the other side might have parrallal tracks acting as the rest of the world, staging yards, often no sceniced.
A club and/or a model railway show are great places to ask.
PM me if you would like to see my model RR in Greensborough (applicable to anyone reading this as well)
Are you part of any club yourself?
Also, if went with the HOG layout 12x8 as mentioned by Dan, so…. at the moment lets say… I would like to run diesel AUS locos and US locos, what would happen if I changed to British one day , would I in count any problems?