starting over 7 x 14 fastrack plan

 Starting over.  Thanks for the tip on posting picture rather than anyrail file. One more try. 

Hi. I am new to the site but have been following many of the discussions in an attempt to learn about the basics and get back into model railroading. I enjoyed the hobby when I was a child. I believe in the carpenter’s rule – measure 2x, cut 1x, so I have spent some time planning a layout using some of the ideas from the site.  See attached. I know that this is a project, not something that can be completed in a couple of hours. This is going to more of a fun layout rather than a patterned after anything specific.  The plan includes the option of do a complete round about through the crossing or separate loops. The outer loop will be elevated in the back with a bridge and the center oval will on trestles all around. I plan to construct a tunnel for the 2 outer tracks on the left with a village on top of the same. I am no expert in wiring or modeling. Plan is to use Lionel and command control throughout.  Before I start ordering track and accessories I thought it best to ask the experts (see carpenter’s rule). Any suggestions would be welcomed. 




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Nice layout but complex if you are just starting out. You can start this with one or two loops and build from there. A great start for sure. Enjoy and have fun. 

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New York Central System Historical Society

NNY (No Name Yet) Railroad - Owner and Operator


With your track plan and your description of what you want to do scenery-wise, it's kinda' reminiscent of a Lionel dealer display layout in my opinion.  It will be great for watching two or three trains run, but might be somewhat lacking for operating on.  But, if watching trains run as opposed to prototypical operations is more to your liking, then your plan should be just fine for that.  Go for it! 




2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

Paul brings up a very good point. There has become a big difference in running or operating your trains. I started out running and now more operating. Does not matter which you choose. Just have fun.  

Railway and Locomotive Historical Society

New York Central System Historical Society

NNY (No Name Yet) Railroad - Owner and Operator


You guys are correct. It was designed more as a running plan, although there are some 2-3 options for operating.  I thought that this would be a good way to get figure out some of the issues and for grandchildren to enjoy.  Accessory plan is for a baseball field in the left loop, amusement park in right and town in center.   I have a big open space basement and could add operating yard(s) on the right or left side of the layout over time.  Other option would be a peninsula. 

I like the plan but I have one other thought: will you have to access to your layout on all sides?

Most people can comfortably reach about 3' depending on your height and the height of your layout.

If not you might need to consider some pop-up hatches for access.



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