Rob’s track plan diagram

“Dear Alastair,

Thanks for posting my pictures. Some folks seemed to be interested in layout diagrams so I thought I would send them along. I am also including a link to a couple You Tube postings you may be interested in.

I recently expanded my layout by about 35 feet of doubled track. I wanted a mountain with a tunnel and a valley with an arched viaduct crossing it. I have a lot of work to do on the new section, but the track is laid, the mountain is built and the viaduct is in place. Now for the fun of landscaping.

Here are the two diagrams.

This one is the original layout began in June of 2012. The circles are the posted speeds for the track ahead of the circle and numerals.

Below in a slightly different scale is the expanded layout,


I thought Rob’s invention for moving around under the table was genius!

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25 Responses to Rob’s track plan diagram

  1. Very intresting !

  2. Hi Rob,
    Layout looks good.
    What are the baseboard dimensions of the two layouts?
    Carl (Australia)

  3. Great video Rob.I would be interested to know what the exact problem was with the curved points.

  4. It is good to see your emails again I have missed you greatly.

    Thanks again

  5. Great video Rob! I like the lighting and switching ideas! How did you make those switch boxes?

    I think you could eliminate the crack problem without having to resort to dry wall compound by laying foam board on top of the plywood underlay and overlap the foam board over the adjoining tables. Shims could be used to raise the borders of the foam board where needed.

  6. What scale is the diagram in. Love this all the info that all have sent in

  7. Hi, Rob, what are the dimensions of your benchwork. Thanks, John

  8. Hi all,

    Thanks for all the encouraging comments although my wife doesn’t think I need any more encouragement. The original table was 15ft x 12ft in an “L” shape and the current table is 12ft x 19ft in a “U” with the original 15ft leg and the new 19ft leg. I hope that helps. I should have put the table dimensions on the diagrams, but I lost the AutoCAD capability a couple of month ago when my ancient computer finally quit.

    Thanks again and Happy Modeling

  9. A cracking track plan Rob

  10. Great benchwork Great track plan Great Layout Can’t wait for the next update … Enjoy!

    Thanks Rob and Al



  11. Both layout designs are excellent.

  12. Allways enjoy your layouts and info, I have a back yard measuring 60’x48′ and would like to use your layout mentione d here. Can you assist me in the type of rail, and turns that I would need to make this possible. Thank you looking forward to hearing from you.
    Great layout.

  13. Loved your video. Would like to know your reasoning for using individual point switches rather than coming directly off the Select controller.

  14. Fantastic layout BUT I agree did with Carl until I got to the end of the comment and found the layout size, it’s just perfect for our spare room so if you have no objection we’re going to use it as part of our new N gauge run.

  15. Outstanding work and layout! Love that little seat, very inventive

  16. Awesome job Rob with the expansion. I just went from an L Shape to a U shape myself by adding another sheet of plywood in just for my railyard. I have a ten track wide rail yard for all my engines and boxcars, cranes and the sort. I run HO Scale using EZ track. My left and rights work fine. I love working on my layout.


  18. Hi
    If you mix some PVA wood glue with your filler you will find it might not crack at all as it gives it some flexibility.

  19. I love the look of both plans & am thinking of laying out a new one. What amount of space do they take as mine is somewhat limited. THANKS

  20. 79 by 2 feet? Boy, I wish I had that kind of room!

  21. Hi Rob, well done, it is great to see how the variety of ideas all seem to work well.
    I have a suggestion that might cure your curved turn out problem. Many years ago I had a Peco small radius “Y” turnout and it used to tip some of my locos and rolling stock off! The cure was simple, glue styrene (10 thou, 0.010″) to the insides of the check rails. This stopped the wheel flanges from picking up the V in the frog.
    I never have the problem now as I custom build all my turnouts, curved, double slips, whatever. It is not hard to do, I have taught several members in our MR Club to do it and they would not buy commercial product now! Have a go, if you stuff it up, just unsolder it and go again. My first units were a bit ropey, but they only cost a bit of time and effort. Very rewarding.

  22. I used to have problems with derailing at Hornby curved points, but a simple narrowing of the gap between the check rails and the running rails solved the problem in every case. Just a careful squeezing with pliers along the length of the two check rails keeps the wheels away from the point of the frog, which seems to be the derailing point.
    Quite why Hornby can’t rectify it at the manufacturing stage is a mystery to me.
    I have five curved points on my layout, including three that are ‘underground’ so extra important not to derail there.

  23. Can this be done for HO trains? It looks like what I want to Do!!

  24. Very nice job. Congratulations.

  25. As that was my first comment, I now understand how it all works, regarding me receiving these tips with comments on them.
    Senior moment, my excuse anyway, Great tips.
    Regards, Neil.

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