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Track plans

Postby 4MT » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:18 am

Can anyone recommend a good track plan publication, please?
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Re: Track plans

Postby TimberSurf » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:43 am

This site is a great start
http://www.freetrackplans.com/
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Re: Track plans

Postby fourtytwo » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:49 am

I am presently modelling in N gauge, there are two CJ Freezer ones published by Peco
"N gauge track plans" & "Track plans for various locations"
Also I have "Model railway track plans" also by CJF & published by PSL
and finally "Mainlines in modest spaces" by Ian Rice published by Atlantic

I would say the last was the best being more tutorial than bald track plans and probably came the nearest to providing the insperation for my present layout "Riccarton junction"
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Re: Track plans

Postby 4MT » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:12 am

That's great... thanks ever so much, guys. Much appreciated...
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Re: Track plans

Postby b308 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:14 am

If you just want ideas then any (all!) of the Freezer track plans books are very good... If you decide to follow one of them add 6 inches to a foot extra all round and they'll be fine...

If you want more prototypical plans then there are several by Iain Rice which "show you how"...

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Re: Track plans

Postby Emettman » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:38 am

4MT wrote:Can anyone recommend a good track plan publication, please?


It rather depends on the length of string with which you are measuring "good"!
Do you have a particular scale, or type of railway, in mind?

C J Freezer was a popular and prolific designer of track plans.
His best collection is probably the PSL book of model railway track plans, though it's fun having copies of his earlier small books to see how his thinking evolved.
I suggest he is at his best when arranging for the maximum amount of railway OPERATION in a relatively small space.

By way of contrast I have two books by Iain Rice: "Light Railway Designs" and "Designs For Urban Layouts". Here there is a much greater focus on reproducing "a piece of railway" with much more calling on custom pointwork, and rather less on designing down to a space.

And at the extreme where lack of space (or simply the desire for a small railway) takes top priority, the designs found on (the late) Carl Arendt's site
http://www.carendt.com/ remain unsurpassed.

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Re: Track plans

Postby 4MT » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:26 pm

Thanks for the assistance, guys...much appreciated.
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Re: Track plans

Postby BobDM » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:30 pm

Richard Bardsley - Planning, Designing and Making Railway Layouts in Small Spaces might give you some ideas.

Peco do a Track Plans book which contained the valuable advice to draw your layout on liner paper - I am going to take this advice with some Lining Paper I bought on Amazon for less than 3 quid. A lot cheaper than a baseboard for seeing if your plan will work. Peco also do templates of points you can download and print off for nothing. The Track Plan book is free in the Peco Starter Track pack.


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