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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