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Track planning

Tools, resource, ideas and guides for model railway track planning.

Signalling – Basics: Point Roding

point rodding
How steam-era railway signalling was controlled. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

A prototype inglenbook track plan

Inglenook shunting puzzle prototype
Love industrial heritage? Fancy an inglenook model railway shunting puzzle layout? Here's an industrial narrow gauge line that has an inglenook built in. [...]

Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren

model railway small layout clipbook
Here's an idea for a fun and delightful layout idea that will challenge during its build and give endless hours of entertainment when operating. [...]

Signalling – Basics: Semaphore Signals

Subsidiary Signal
If you want your model railway to look the part, you'll need signals and in the case of steam era railways this means semaphore signals. Here's a back to [...]

Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard

model railways
Progress on my HOe layout continues but I run into a problem that required a revision to the track plan of the fiddle yard. [...]

More on the Train-Tech Screen

Train Tech Smart Screen
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product. [...]

Six inspiring ideas and track plans to use for small layouts

scifi model railway layout
Here are my favorite track plans for small spaces. It includes plans for N, OO, HO and 009 scales with designs that will fit into small spaces around a typical [...]

Track Planning Software

Layout in 3D
I recently wanted to flesh out the track plan for the latest incarnation of my Cornish themed layout, here's how I got on with various track planning [...]

Level up your layout with the rule of thirds

If you're designing a layout there's a little rule you can apply that will dramatically improve the look of your trains and take your model railway to the next [...]

Track Planning: The Top 5 Free Websites & Resources

track plan scarm
If you're struggling with the track plan for your railway, these 5 free track planning websites and resources are a great source of inspiration, ideas and of [...]

Layout Track Plan Primer – End To End Layouts

In the first of a new series looking at different track plan designs that you can use for your model railway, we start with one of the most popular, easiest to [...]

Yard Design 101: What you need to know about designing model railway yards

fiddle yard design
Think creating yards for your model railway layout is simple. There's a lot to them than you may think.  Watch this and get the inside information plus loads [...]
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