Layout Design

The goal for many train operators is the construction of a layout.  The layout places track onto a support board, and buildings, wiring and scenery are added to create a complete model scene. Many model train manufacturers include examples of layouts in their catalogs as inspiration. Some manufacturers, Arnold included, published books devoted to layout design.  Here are a few examples from their book.  For Arnold rapido technical details, please see here.

1963/1964 Catalog Layout

This is an example layout included in the 1963/1964 catalog. It measures 20" by 40" and was designed to be built in two stages,  helping the layout builder spread their costs out over time.

Coffee Table Layout

This layout is featured in the Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual of N Gauge. Measuring 90 cm x 75 cm (36" by 30"), this layout is being built by the designer of this website.  This layout supports two locomotives with one power pack, using the current routing turnouts to control each locomotive.

Coffee Table Layout

Track layout for the coffee table layout:

On the Level

Track plan from Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual. Measures 130 cm x 70 cm (52" by 28").  This layout supports three to four locomotives using one power pack.

Layout with 2 Circuits

Track plan from Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual. Measures 130 cm x 85 cm (52" by 33").  This layout supports three to four locomotives using two power packs.

Idyllic Corner Layout

Track plan from Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual of N Gauge.  Measures 160 cm x 110 cm (64" by 44"). This layout is able to support three locomotives with one power pack.

Expansion Layout

Track plan from Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual of N Gauge.  Measures 190 cm x 120 cm (76" x 48").  This layout supports 4 to 5 locomotives using two power packs. This is a real layout, probably a Factory-built unit for trade shows.

The same railroad, under construction:

Harbor Layout

Track plan from Arnold Rapido Track Layout Manual. Measures 190 cm x 90 cm (76" by 36").  Construction of this layout was detailed on a German television program called "Our Model Kits" (something got lost in translation there).

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