On a 4′ x 8′ table you can handle every layout possible on a 4′ by 6′ table, with plenty of other variations. There are also many interesting layouts that can’t possibly be managed on a 4′ x 6′.
Of these, one of the most popular is the Figure Eight, to which you can add a [...]
Perhaps the oval, no matter how you extend or alter it, appears too fixed and static for you.
You can make a distorted oval, and place stations or other buildings at the curved portions so the curves will be meaningful.
No real railroad curves without a reason, and you can always make your layout more realistic by [...]
Let’s see what you can do with an oval on a 4′ x 6′ board. The first step toward variety of train operation is a pair of switches. They usually come in pairs, a right-hand and a left-hand switch.
You can tell which is which by looking at one from the end that shows only two [...]
In the last post I talked about simple circle and oval layouts that would fit onto a 4×6 sheet of plywood.
These simple track layouts are easy to set up and relatively inexpensive, but they aren’t really very realistic. After all, with the exception of kids’ rides at the amusement park, how many trains have you [...]
The layout is the heart of your railroad system. The arrangement of the tracks, switches, crossings, and uncouplers determines what you can do with your trains to make their operation a source of never-ending fascination.
You can make the rails curve, go straight ahead, lead into a siding, branch into an alternate route, tunnel through mountains, [...]