20 September 2020
Simple model railway trackplans can still offer plenty of interest, modelling opportunities and operating potential. Here are a few suggestions...
When building your first model railway layout, it's useful to start with a relatively straightforward track plan. Obviously, once you have mastered the basics you can move on to more complicated projects. These simple track plan suggestions will get you started, however.
1a - Basic
This is a standard train set oval. It is not visually exciting, but at least it has a station and your trains are always in view.
1b - Better
This employs the same basic oval track plan, but visual interest is improved thanks to part of the route being hidden in a tunnel. The road bridge also provides an attractive scenic break.
2a - Horseshoe
A classic layout design. Two stations add variety and your trains are always in view. It still lacks visual interest, however.
2b - Better
As before, sections of the track are hidden in tunnels. Bridges over a river add even more interest, and bring a bit of life to the layout.
3 - Best
Adjusting the track plan to make a looped horsehoe offers much more interest and operating potential, with changing track levels, tunnels, gradients, scenery and longer runs between stations. Now you are starting to create something much more exciting!