I do know how you feel. Having all these nice looking locos and cars, the tracks
and turnouts, but no idea, how they may fit.
Here is my learning curve:
- To play with, there is a nice package of plastic tracks and accessoirs from
Maerklin (No. 0232 Gleisplanspiel), you can use to find out the (about) right
track layout. I used it just for playing around to get ideas.
- There is available also a template from Maerklin (No. 0212 Gleisplan-
Zeichenschablone). I used it only at the beginning. It is not accurate, if you
do not use it very, very carefully. It is at a scale 1:5, so you know what I
- Then I purchased from Maerklin a booklet 'Gleisanlagenbuch' (track layout
booklet, No. 0294). There I found ideas of nice layouts, which I followed.
I did some amendments, using my engineering skills and knowledge, how to find in
the books the relevant formulae on geometry. When I later checked my so created
layouts with the computer programms (see below) I was not too far off, just
Millimeters. The rule "1+1=2" seems to bee still ok :-).
- The final step was the purchase of a computer program to create my own layouts
and matching strikt matching rules of tracks. This was it!! I use it now as the
sole tool to imagine layouts. There are several companies offering this tool.
All have their merrits and disadvantages. It is a matter of taste, which one to
I do hope, this story may help you.
Jeff Masiello schrieb:
> From: Jeff Masiello <neonflux@...>
> Howdy all,
> Jeff the newbie here again. I've been looking through catalogues for a
> template to help me design my layout but I can't find one in either marlin
> or MT. Do they make them? if not how did you get around the issues and
> design a layout? I can't afford to buy a bunch of pieces of track and "play"
> with them till they look nice.
> PS. I really appreciate the mature and informative attitude of this group.
> I've been in a lot of groups where ppl are very sensative and seem like they
> want to be offended. You all read the posts and reply with good solid
> information and I just wanted to say thank you.
> > Small iZ Beautiful!
Dieter W. Nolte