Types of model train layouts

Types of model train layouts

Now that you’re done with your starter model, now is the time to think about model train layouts.

Developing your own model train layout is downright exciting. Considering that model train collecting is the most versatile hobby worldwide. It combines a multitude of discipline that includes history, engineering, carpentry, electrical wiring and circuitry, artistry, sound and lighting to come up with beautiful terrains and structures. With this, you have become the grand architect of your train layout, you greatest masterpiece.

First, you need to know how large it needs to be, the location and budget for this project and of course the length of time you’ll be spending in making and designing your model train layouts. To help you decide here are the basic layouts:

The Oval Track
Oval track is the most basic of the model train layouts; this is what you have in your starter set. Most of the advance train model enthusiast hates this type of layout. It is not quite realistic and it appears that your train is chasing it over the train tracks. This layout however is the very best way to start your design without having your model trains change direction plus it is relatively easy to set up.

The Covered Oval Track
This is basically similar to the oval track; you are only allowed to see your trains on the front section of the layout. In this type of railroad layout, the railway enters a tunnel obscuring the whole of the track; it is more realistic as the trains enter the tunnel for a time before coming back out. It is also common to have your main sidings be tucked away in tunnel with different train for each, that way one model comes in and a different model comes out. The covered oval is the most favored among all model train layouts.

The Straight Layout Track
This type of layout is designed for exhibits, displays or for those who want to set a scene or theme. The design consists of a straight section of railway track situated at the ends of the board. It can be compared to a dead end station. This kind of layout allows you to set up a more realistic scene where trains are not in motion. You can choose a theme for this lay out like one of a maintenance building. You can set up logos, and strategically place the model trains and wagons. It can be a very interesting thing to look at, an instant conversation topic to curious audiences.

Remember to start slowly but with much vigor, keep in mind that the basic oval track no matter how frugal the design, wherein your model trains goes round and round; there will always be room for improvement and sooner than you think, you will have built a much more realistic model train layouts as time passed. Just have an open mind, tons of creativity and an eye for new designs and don’t forget to have fun with it all the time!

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Product Code: R2985
Product Title: ‘Duchess at Carlisle’ – Limited Edition of 1000
Manufacturer: Hornby
Scale: OO Scale (1:76th)
Purpose: Express Passenger

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Hornby Duchess

Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive

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Hornby R1167 Flying Scotsman 00 Gauge Electric Train Set

Hornby Train sets
R1139 Blue Rapier train set with 3-car Class 395
R1144 LMS Night Mail OO Gauge Electric Train Set
R1073 Orient Express Boxed Set Digital Train Set
R1121 Devon Flyer 00 Gauge Train Set
R1071 Eurostar 00 Gauge Train Set
R1126 Mixed Freight 00 Gauge Digital (DCC) Train Set
R1151 Caledonian Belle trainset
R1153 London 2012 trainset with 3 car Hitachi Javelin in London 2012 Olympics
R1155 Virgin Trains Pendolino 00 Gauge
R1160 The Cornishman DCC GWR Castle Class locomotive “Kenilworth Castle”
R1097 East Coast Pullman Electric Train Set – DCC Set
R9271 Thomas & Friends passenger Train Set
R1072 Flying Scotsman 00 Gauge Train Set
R1085 “Local Freight” complete starter train set
R1124 Cornish Pullman analogue control
R1137 Midland Star Trainset with 0-4-0 steam loco, rolling stock and track mat
R1070 Goods Master Train Set
R1106k The Royal Train Premier Boxed Set
R1122 Eastern Valleys Express Electric Train Set
R9260 Hornby Thomas & The Great Discovery Train Set
R9682 Hornby Percy & The Mail Train Set
R1152 The Flying Scotsman Train Set
R9280 Hornby Thomas Train Set
R1125 Somerset Belle Train Set
R1148 Hitachi 395 London 2012 Train Set
Train Packs
R2979 Hornby West Coast Railways Pullman
R2985 Hornby Duchess At Carlisle Train Pack
R3059 Tornado Express Train Pack
R2888M LNER Flying Scotsman Train Pack
R2953 Flying Scotsman USA Tour 1969 Train Pack
R2906 Hornby Rare Bird Train Pack
R2908 Fireworks at Chilcompton’ Train Pack
R2985 Duchess At Carlisle Train Pack
R2979 West Coast Railways Pullman
R2806 The Last Single Wheeler LMS (Ex Caledonian)
R2797M The White Pullman Limited Edition Train Pack
R2951 Wrexham and Shropshire Class 67 & MK3 DVT Train Pack
R2972 Hitachi Class 395 EMU “Sir Steve Redgrave” 4 Car Unit
R2980 London 1908 – Limited Edition of 1908 *New for 2011*
R2946 BR Class 423 VEP 4 Car Unit
R2947 NSE Class 423 VEP 4 Car Unit
r8223 00 Gauge Extension Pack C TrakMat Packs and Accessory
r2822 00 Gauge Extension Pack B TrakMat Packs and Accessory
R8221 00 Gauge Extension Pack A TrakMat Packs and Accessory
R8226 00 Gauge Extension Pack F TrakMat Packs and Accessory
R8224 00 Gauge Extension Pack D TrakMat Packs and Accessory
Double Straight Track
R8225 00 Gauge Extension Pack E TrakMat Packs and Accessory
R8140 Hornby Track Plans Edition 12 2009 Publications
Single Track Level Crossing
R8227 00 Gauge Building Ext Pack A Trakmat Packs and Accessory
R8229 0 Gauge Building Ext Pack C Trakmat Packs and Accessory
R8748 Masons Arms – Pub 00 Gauge Skaledale Collection
R8539 00 Gauge Skaledale Cotswold Wall Pack No 1 Railside Collection
R561 00 Gauge Skaledale People Sitting Kits People
R1071 Town People For Railway
r8576 Hornby R8576 Garden Shed 00 Gauge Skaledale Collection
Rolling Stock
R6367 00 Gauge Coal train: 3 x EWS Open wagons Railroad Rolling Stock
R6369 00 Gauge Breakdown Crane Railroad Rolling Stock
R6366 00 Gauge Fuel Train: Shell Tanker, Texaco Tanker, Total Tanker Railroad Rolling Stock
Steam trains
R2675 00 Gauge LNER Flying Scotsman Railroad Locomotive
R350 Percy Saddle Tank 00 Gauge Electric Locomotives
R2339 00 Gauge LNER 4-6-2 A4 Class Mallard Steam Locomotive
00 Gauge Thomas & Friends Emly Electric Locomotive
Deisel Electric
R2413B Class 31 268 BR Blue AIA-AIA 1973-1985 Diesel Locomotive – DCC Ready
R2900XS Railfreight AIA-AIA Class 31 Diesel Electric Locomotive – DCC with Sound!
R2931X London Midland Class 153 Diesel Locomotive – DCC Fitted
R3057 Stobart Rail Co-Co Electric ‘Bart the Engine’ Class 92 Locomotive *New for 2011*
R3045 Gatwick Express Bo-Bo Electro Diesel ‘Dave Berry’ Class 73 202 Locomotive
R2962 Class 56 ‘Oystermouth’ Railfreight Diesel Locomotive – DCC Ready
R3045 Gatwick Express Bo-Bo Electro Diesel ‘Dave Berry’ Class 73 202 Locomotive
R2962 Class 56 ‘Oystermouth’ Railfreight Diesel Locomotive – DCC Ready

Hornby Left hand points
Hornby R3065 RailRoad BR Class 06 Shunter 00 Gauge Diesel Electric Locomotive