Model Train Layouts & Track Plans



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Layouts differs by count and type of railway "lines" in the track plans. There are several kinds and combinations, containing one or more of the following lines.

Single line. This is most popular layout scheme as there is only one line (route) in the track plan. Only one train can use the line in one direction at a time. This type can appear as main and/or branch line scenarios in the track plans.

Pros - Small space requirements.
Cons - Only one train may travel at a time.

Double line. This scheme represents doubled main line route, where two trains can pass in the same or opposite direction at the same time. Doubled lines are almost always a main line routes, serving the heavy traffic between big train stations.

Pros - Two trains can travel in same or opposite direction at a time.
Cons - More space required for better realism.

Mixed. This type is a mix of the two mentioned above and represents a track plan that has a single and double track route together.

Pros - More playing options and running scenarios.
Cons - More space required for better realism.

With Junction/Meeting Station(s). This is a sub-type added to one of the line types above to show that the track plan has at least one Junction/Meeting station in the route.

Pros - More playing options and running scenarios.
Cons - More space required for better realism.

With Reverse Loop(s). This is a sub-type added to one of the line types above to show that the track plan has one or more reversing loops in the route, allowing the trains to pass it and reverse the direction.

Pros - Enables train reversal without hand interaction.
Cons - May require additional electrical components or tracks to be realised properly on single lines.

With Branch(es). This is a sub-type added to one of the line types above to show that the track plan has one or more branches from the main line, allowing better options for running and shunting/switching.

Pros - More playing options and running scenarios.
Cons - More space required for better realism.

With Fiddle Yard(s). This is a sub-type added to one of the line types above to show that the track plan contains at least one fiddle yard (also known as shadow station) for invisible shunting/switching operations and for use as a hidden meeting place and/or storage area for the trains.

Pros - More playing options and running scenarios.
Cons - May require additional sensors and components for observing and controlling the rolling stock in it.


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