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One of the "bibles" of good layout designs is the Kalmbach
book "101 Track Plans for
". This book has been in print
continuously for over fifty years, has sold over a half million copies,
and continues to inspire model railroaders everywhere with its
interesting plans, charming artwork, and technical utility.
represent copyrighted material, the layouts from the book cannot
displayed here, nor will you find them available on any website that
obeys the copyright law. The TrainPlayer
railroad simulator has licensed the layouts and provides access to all
101 layouts. If this presentation is running on a computer with
the TrainPlayer software installed the following layouts are worth
L4, the Reddy River
provides a very small layout (4' x 6'
in HO) with many interesting operating possibilities. The layout
is a simple oval with 2 passing sidings, several industry sidings, a
yard with several sidings, including a passenger station and a
turntable and roundhouse. Note that trains may reverse direction,
always a desirable feature. Many hours of operation can be
enjoyed moving cars into and out of industries. And try running
two trains in opposite direction without stopping either one and you'll
get a good idea of complex mainline operations. Just be sure to
run short passenger cars!
L12, Mechanic Street
(2' x 8' in HO) shows what can be
accomplished with a "shelf" layout. There is no mainline but lots
of switching. A layout like this (as with most layouts) will have
an "interchange track" where cars are dropped off and picked up from
another railroad representing the connection to the rest of the
world. On this layout, cars would have to be taken from the
interchange track and replaced by hand.
L1, Stockton &
(4' x 3') is another very small layout
with only a few sidings but an "over and under" mainline where trains
can be run continuously. Note that its really not feasible to run
two trains in opposing directions.
L13, Elizabeth &
Ry (3' x 7' in HO) is a variation on
the popular figure 8 layout. Just a few sidings but running more
than one train takes some ingenuity.
L98, Butte, Anaconda
& Pacific RR
(14' x 17' in HO) provides both
point to point (like a real railroad) and continuous running and is
modeled after a real railroad in Montana. Lots of operation here!
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