Thursday, July 31, 2014

Model Railroad Layout Track Designs Fall into Three Basic Categories

Complex Model Railroad Track Plans

Can be Classified as One of Three Basic Layout Designs

Learning pros and cons of the three types of model railroad layout track designs helps you design your own Model Railroad Layout

Free model railroad plans, layout design, track plans, point-to-point
A basic point-to-point model railroad layout track design
Perhaps the most important step in creating a model railroad layout is designing a track plan. But where do you start? Many of the plans available online look like a spaghetti bowl that's hard to understand. What's coming and what's going? Where will a specific train end up when traveling on a specific track?

The very nature of model railroading's limited space often leads layout designers to curve track routes over themselves to create longer mainline runs that a direct route would allow. This works well in increasing the amount of track a train must traverse, but leaves many track plans hard to decipher. However, when it comes to model railroad layout track plans, nearly all can be classified as one of three main types: Continuous-run, point-to-point, and out-and-back.

Complex track plans may contain elements of all three, but the overall theme can usually still be brought back to one of the original three. Our Basic Model Railroad Types page examines each type, and its pros and cons to help you decide which type - or combination of types - best fits your operational desires for your model railroad layout.

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