Tagged With "Planning"

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Best Free Track Planning Software

Austin G. ·
I want to get a track planning software to help design my new layout.  I dont really want to buy a software because I'd use it so little so I was wondering what you guys think is the best free software? Also i'd like to use Atlas O track.Thanks
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12 x 6 Fastrack Layout Plans

Not seasoned yet ·
Hi All,  Anyone have ideas for a 12 x 6 fastrack layout ?  I would like to do a multi level with tunnels and a nice bridge.  I can add a 4x3 section at the end of the 12 foot board if needed can't go ant bigger since basement as support poles .  I have fastrack with 036 curves and remote switches.  I would like to go a bit bigger on turns if i could.  Would also like area to park 2 or more trains.  I have DCS and a z4000 transformer with some lionel 80watt...
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3ftx3ft O-27 Layout Plan. Thouhts On This Track Plan??

Khayden93 ·
Building a new toy train layout using some of my dad’s postwar Lionel track and manual switch and my grandfather’s prewar Marx manual switches. Made part of this in Any Rail 5 and in Photo Shop Elements for my Lionel O27 3ft by 3ft Layout. These drawings are rough ideas and are not to scale. I might change the buildings and not sure the spot to add a road on the layout. The buildings will be printed card stock buildings. I’m leaning more towards card stock buildings since it would be a bit...
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How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ES44AC ·
In designing track plans for a hopeful future layout, I've found scale drawings to be important in making the design accurate. I've tried to make scale drawings with ruler, say 1/2 inch = 1 foot on blank white paper, but that doesn't seem right. Most track plans I've seen are drawn on graph paper with one or four boxes representing a square foot. What am I doing wrong?
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Intriguing Track Plan

Joe Rampolla ·
Hi Folks,     The photo below is a screen capture from a YouTube video about an older gentleman who gave his antique attic layout to a kind friend, however I cannot find the link at present or remember all the details.  I believe...
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Layout Plan Critique of TPLEE, Thanks

tplee ·
Layout Plan Critique I would appreciate any comments positive or negative on this design that has had many revisions. I have included multiple prints of the design and photos of already completed areas. Included also is the digital file. If you have RR Track v5 you should be able to open it, if desired. The trains are in my barn that is heated and cooled with controlled humidity. The inside dimensions are 43.5’ x 28.5’. Trains occupy most of the barn, but some space is used for a shop, a...
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Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

PSU1980 ·
Team, I am using RR-Track and have, with the help of a few folks been working on a new layout. This is my first pass and am looking for input, suggestion, recommendations, alterations or a complete redesign. I attached the PDF and if you need to file let me know. Thanks, Kevin
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Trains IN The Tree - The Plans, by Bill Henning

Bill Henning ·
Trains IN the Tree By: Bill Henning       Before anything, I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words that I have received with this project. The reactions and responses have far exceeded my expectations and I am so glad...
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Virtual Plan Baseboard Height, Where's yours?

John D. ·
Where do you put your track elevation/baseboard in your 3D models ? I use SCARM and am planning a new layout. I'm torn between two options: 1. Put the track/baseboard at the real height it would be on the layout. Gives a pretty 3D look and can help visualize the space. Building items (like windows and doors) in SCARM is easier because whatever you measure off the floor is the value you put in. or 2. Put the track/baseboard at 0 height and use negative values for legs and under-table items.
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Tubular track radii

Dan Padova ·
Since I am renewing my interest in O scale, I would like to know what radii are available for tubular track.  If I ever get a track planning program downloaded ( see my topic on track planning software ) , I would like to have an idea what I can do in the space I will be having available sometime in the next year or so.
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New layout Planning

spider1969 ·
Hello All!    I am planning a new layout. A bit about me.....I have had 3 other past layouts. Two in N scale and 1 in HO scale. I have always wanted an O scale layout but have be confined by space issues. Recently I purchased a home with a...
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New layout track plan

Cpdaly ·
Hi all, this is the track plan for my new layout I figured I would get some criticism before it becomes final. I intend to add more buildings and roads to the plan later. The track is all gargraves except for the turntable which is a ross.
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Plans for My Future Layout

Dan's Trains ·
What's up everybody, my latest episode of my Layout Series is uploaded on youtube. In this episode, I talk about my plans for my future three-rail O scale layout. My channel is at  https://www.youtube.com/channe...4ivkEenZvSWXHOZpQWdg . This...
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SCARM track planning software - Hello from the author

Mixy ·
Hello dear friends  My name is Milen Peev and I am the author and developer of SCARM - the free model railroad layout design software. I noticed that SCARM becomes more and more popular among O-scale model train fans. So I registered here...
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Planning Electric Service For Train Room Addition

David98 ·
I am designing and seeking bids on a garage addition with a second-story project/fun room, which will have a train layout in part of it at first, among other things, and perhaps become an entire train room when my son goes to college. My contractor has questions that I am unable to answer - primarily, how many amps of service will I need? On a side note, I saw a post a few years ago where someone made a good suggestion - to have a separate master/relay switch of some kind at the entrance to...
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Dunham Studios new Quechee Gorge Layout

Dunham Studios ·
A few short weeks ago, with the Basic Layout and the Combo Layout in their final phases, that is nearly ready to ship out, we started a new layout for a client in Vermont. It's title is The Quechee Gorge Layout. Let me introduce you to it. Barb
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4 x 14 track plan

Garrett76 ·
So, I have a typical garage 4 x 8 oval with a few sidings in the middle. I can't go any wider, but can extend it for a few feet. I'm planning a 4 x 14 layout. I like variety in running, so added a few features: twice around configuration, reversing loop, sidings for rolling stock storage, and sidings for locomotive storage. For two of the 20" straight sections, I will insert insulated/accessory activation fastrack for automated gate crossings. My rolling stock is almost exclusively auto...
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City street planning suggestions needed

dobermann ·
I wasn't sure how to title this but poor planning on my part has left me a with a major problem. I thought I would have just enough room to have 2 lanes and sidewalks with the streetcar splitting the 2 lanes. After starting to set buildings in place I find myself short on room unless i run a 1 way street or include the streetcar track with the auto lane if that makes sense by having the center rail of the streets track be the center-line of the highway. I have several vehicles with LED...
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Is anyone using the RailModeller planning Software on Mac

greg773 ·
Is or has anyone used RailModeller on a Mac to design a layout using Atlas O track? What was your experience?
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CTT O gauge track template

Don Baird ·
I am looking for the CTT track planning template. It seems to be out of production and I haven't found it at any train shops.
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1st Timer Just in Planning mode - Layout thought?

Frez ·
Hi everyone, I am a first timer here. I always wanted a model train set when i was a kid , but my dad was never into it. Now a father of two boys, I wanted to do this with and for my boys. I started with an HO set and really didn't like how small they were and we all quickly lost interest. I really wanted to build a cool O scale set. I am using a room that is about 10 x 11 but only have 11x7 as working room due to the fact the double doors open in. With that said, i have created the enclosed...
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Is it possible to have an O gauge micro layout and run Lionel 86' boxcars?...YES!

pittsburghrailfan ·
There are a lot of designs on the web for micro layouts; many of them are in HO, N, and Z, and I'd say 3/4 of them are narrow gauge. If, however, you define a "micro" layout as any layout that is 4 square ft. or under in area, I have created a track plan using standard Ross Custom Switches pieces that allows you to run those 2 foot-long autoracks or really cool Lionel 86' auto parts boxcars in a micro layout's footprint. A few measurement things to note: I measured the layout's length and...
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Attention: To All Who Plan to Attend the DCS User Group Meeting!

Barry Broskowitz ·
If you plan to plan to attend the DCS User Group Meeting... ...please be sure to tell us that you're planning to be there! It's very important to let the hotel know how many us us will be attending the meeting. You can post on the meeting thread or this thread. If you have concerns about posting on this thread, feel free to E-mail me using the address in my profile . Thanks!
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Planning a New Layout

Khayden93 ·
The other day I was running my 2012 Polar Express set on its loop of FasTrack and I was watching it run around after I had done some work on it. I no longer want it to be all by it self and I finally have decided to challenge myself to finally build a layout. I have always been planning but never getting past the planning stage. My Grandfather has asked me every time he and my Grandmother come for Christmas to see the layout. So I have set a goal to get a layout built so I can run my PE set...
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layout with hobby shop display

kwj427 ·
hi, i would like to build a layout with hobby shop display. i would appreciate any ideas on floor plans, and layout, and sizes? thanks kenny
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Benchwork (Phase-1) is done, now need some track plan design advice.

ricka1 ·
I've completed the first phase of my sectional benchwork, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how best to use the space I have. I will eventually go around the perimeter of the basement, but for now, I want to get some trains running on Phase-1, and try to put together something fun to operate with the space I have. Phase-1 will keep me happy until I can afford phase 2! I would appreciate any input from folks here, with more experience track planning. I have attached an RR-Track file to...
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Illustrated Layout Plan Software

Norfolk Southern Fan ·
I am currently working on a large control panel for my club layout. Most often I see panels with simple colored line track representations and was hoping to do something different. In most railroading magazines which feature private layouts, it is common to see a nice plan with people standing around, or numbered arrows pointing to indicate the location of the camera and direction of the photos shown. Does anyone know what software is used to create these images? I currently have AutoCAD...
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Need help and suggestions for my new 5 x 8-ish Fastrack Layout Plan!

Former Member ·
Here is my New Fastrack Plan, Objective: Make a Layout that is Action packed and isn't predictable. (By Predictable I mean that no one can Predict easily where the train will go) Here are some things you need to take note of: I am only going with O36 track because I think it is best for a beginner like me! I don't need to worry about curves because I am only running Lionchief engines! I am using Lionel's Fastrack system. I am trying to go cheap here, I don't want a layout that costs more...
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Track Planning Template

Dan Padova ·
I'm looking for the CTT track planning template. Email djpadova@gmail.com if you have one that you can part with.
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4 x 9-ish Fastrack Layout Plan, also Need Help and Suggestions!

Abraham's Trains ·
Here is ANOTHER Fastrack Plan, Objective: Make a layout that has more sidings, I like to "operate" instead of just running trains. "(But I should mention that I "operate" my trains and don't "run" them.)" -TM Terry Here are some things you need to take note of: I have NO idea how industries work, please explain it to me. I am only going with O36 track because I think it is best for a beginner like me! I don't need to worry about curves because I am only running Lionchief engines! I am using...
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"pretzel" track plan

Garrett76 ·
always kicking around ideas for when I get more space
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**Traingineer George talks... Track-plan**

Traindame ·
Enjoy! Happy Tracks! Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash TW TrainWorx (877) 881-4997 SAVE THE DATE: April 1, 2017 | TW TrainWorx 5th Annual Layout Festival!
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Plan my Layout!

jackd ·
Hello all! It's been about 7 years since I had a layout in my basement. I had 2 previous layouts,1 with a lot of switches and another that was mostly a loop runner. I Have built the benchwork for a new layout. Pretty simple really. It will measure 20' 2" Long and 76" wide. One thing of Note..I have a Support column located 11' 2" from the left and 17 1/2" from the front,so that will have to be worked around. That measurement is to the center of the 4" column. It's not up against the wall,so...
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Layout, Plans, Ideas and where to start

Miggy ·
Big_Boy.... I have'nt a clue as to were to start. We downsized, have grand kids toys in every corner, and old Lionel O gauge and some old .027 track and switches laying around. Elliot gave me some kind, sage advise "Use Lots of switches, and Diesels". If you have been following his layout progress "Dream - Nightmare", it has been quite a successful journey. Heck I dont even have a "FAVORITE" railroad that I really, really love. Now that I have a fantastic staring point, it's time to "THINK"...
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My Postwar Layout

Flint Rock Valley ·
I'd like to present to Y'all the first runs on my newly upgraded Postwar Layout. It's called Flint Rock Valley Lines. I just finished upgrading my 8'x8' layout. For the first time ever I'm able to run two trains simultaneously. Still need to wire everything, but it's coming along nicely. (Is 12 turnouts too many? lol) Hope Y'all enjoy the view. Cheers from Texas, ~Eli
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Request Help With Layout Plan

Dan Padova ·
Would someone who has experience with one of the layout programs like to take this track plan and tweak it ? I made a rough drawing using the plastic track planning template. The table size I have planned is 5x10 feet. However, it can be made larger if need be. I am using "O" gauge tubular track with O22 switch tracks. Note the tracks marked "CUT". I'm not sure if all of them need to be cut. I was hoping the track planning software would verify this. The layout will most likely have access...
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Subway Layout Master RR-Track Plan and Elevated 3D Views

Joe P ·
While I post progress of my subway layout I will like to show you the master track view. With both subway and elevated most of the subway is obscured in this view. It is an oval with 3 separate tracks (2 local and one express) with 2 stations. The elevated line is also basically an oval with 3 separate tracks with a small section in the lower left which contains a curved station on an embankment. There are 2 other stations. The most interesting part of this layout is the connection between...
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Layout Master Plan with Elevated 3D Views

Joe P ·
While I post progress of my subway layout I will like to show you the master track view. With both subway and elevated most of the subway is obscured in this view. It is an oval with 3 separate tracks (2 local and one express) with 2 stations. The elevated line is also basically an oval with 3 separate tracks with a small section in the lower left which contains a curved station on an embankment. There are 2 other stations. The most interesting part of this layout is the connection between...
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MTH RealTrax - Can't Figure Out Track Length Combination to Finish Layout Plan

JPancake ·
I'm planning a layout using "SCARM" and RealTrax. Have one last section of track to fill in but I can't figure out the correct combination of track pieces to complete that section. BTW, I am a "newbie." It doesn't look like RealTrax is meant to be cut. Any ideas on how to deal with this problem? BTW, the layout will be 72" x 96". Thanks, Johnny
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Lionel Bascule Bridge length for SCARM?

Garrett76 ·
does anyone know what length of track should be reserved for the Lionel Bascule Bridge? I'm plotting Fastrack in SCARM. thanks!
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Planning for and cutting base for grades

KnobKnee ·
I have the benchwork complete on my new layout and need to cut the base for my grade tracks. I'm thinking of using a good grade of 1/2" or larger plywood. The two main lines have two section on grades of approx. 2.7%. I section includes an elevated section 7 1/2" high elevated section on TW Trainworx P20 Double Trestles with R31 Truss Rails. You'll note that the elevated section includes a curve and the grade leading up to it begins at the furnace (lower right) and is one large O80 and O72...
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Bump-n-go trolley on foam base

Garrett76 ·
I am planning my Xmas layout and intending to use a 4" foam base. I would like to incorporate a bump-n-go trolley. I am concerned that repeated impacts (even low speed) to the bumpers will cause tears in the foam and the bumpers will become dislodged. Does anyone have experience with trolleys on foam and what issues did you face/resolve? Thanks
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Garrett's Christmas layout 2017

Garrett76 ·
It's quickly approaching the best time of year, finally. I plan to get an early jump this year and would like to start building the benchwork in October. The goal is to be completely finished the week before Thanksgiving week. I will probably use 4" foam as the base material. There will be two bases with bridges in the middle. The right side base will rest on the tv stand and the tv will be elevated above the tracks and village pieces. The left side will feature some elevation and tunnels.
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overlapping reversing loops

Garrett76 ·
Has anyone experimented with overlapping reversing loops as a way of using limited layout space efficiently? I was thinking O31 track with 45 degree angles and crossovers. Something like the below sketch: Thanks
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Christmas Tree Layout Plans for 2018

MG Brown ·
My wife has become enthusiastic about making a more elaborate Christmas Tree train layout for 2018. We recently saw a display of "Dept 56" buildings and there were a few that she thought would go well with our holiday train layout. One building in particular that we both agreed on was the ' Snow Village 56th St. Brewery'. We are visiting family until the 30th so it's not easy for me to take a piece of rolling stock to the 'Dept 56" display to get an idea of size. My question is- does anyone...
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Soliciting Track Plan Ideas

Dan Padova ·
I've been sketching numerous track plans using Railmodeller Pro, for a 3'-0" x 12'-0" layout. It's a straight twelve foot long layout. I will be using "O" gauge track and O22 switches. I have four O72 switches on hand, 2 RH & 2 LH, if your design requires them. Locos will be RMT Beeps, Beefs and Lionel 41 and 51 type switchers. Rolling stock is standard Lionel operating cars, such as post -war coal dump cars, milk car w/platform, horse car w/corral, RMT Peep passenger cars. I have...
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Layout Design Assistance for J&SO Lines

tcochran ·
Since I think I am going to have to yank up all my track to run more power drops. I figured it might be a good time to think about possibly redesigning my current track plan. I will include what I currently have and the dimensions of my bench work. On the benchwork (labeled TrainTableExact) diagram there are some brown rectangles that roughly correspond to a false wall I plan on putting a backdrop on. It is not exact but very close. I have attached the scarm files and jpegs of my current...
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Greater Penn RR Final Track Plan (Well 99.9% sure it's final)

Kreuz ·
Well, since my first post about designing my first permanent layout two years ago, I think I have a final track plan. A lot has changed in that time, including the room that the layout will be in. Instead of a spare bedroom, I was able to procure the bonus room, so I have a 15'x'18' room to work with. The fact that my son moved in with me and needed that bedroom, made the negotiation much easier. Will also make it much easier for us to spend time together on the build. If your interested in...
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How do Real Trains Influence Your Model Train Layout?

trainroomgary ·
Received this e-mail. May 16, 2018 MTH always puts real train history with their model locomotives, in all their catalogs. Their new announcement about the Big Boy 4014, has peak my interest in bringing a Big Boy 4014, to my train room. Click here to see: T he Historic Information about the U.P. Big Boy / MTH Catalog • 4-8-8-4 Big Boy • One Gauge. For example: This month a fellow OGR Member posted this photo of a locomotive I never saw before. I purchased the model after seeing this photo...
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Ho layout, January to now.

NS6770Fan ·
I’ve decided to start to post updates of my layout from January 2018 to now. I will start with a picture from when I was just planning my layout and move forward. You will notice how my Yard track plan has changed throughout the past months after deciding what buildings would be used on the layout. Sorry for the lack of image quality, I have used my phone for most photos.
 
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