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    Default For beginners, Track Plan websites

    I've found a few web sites over the last couple of years with published track plans on them. It occurred to me that if a thread was started here that listed those web sites and other folks finds also, it would be a good thing for those researching track plans. And would be an even better resource for beginners looking for a track plan to start out with. So here are a few of the free web sites I have found:

    http://www.cke1st.com/m_train2.htm Mike's small track plans

    http://www.thortrains.net/npoorx.html

    http://myplace.frontier.com/~g_reeder/Content/Track_Plans.html

    https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/track-plan-database



    I thought about posting this in the track planning sub forum, but thought this would be better posted here where it is easier to find for the new members.


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    cool
    lots of plans

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    While I appreciate you taking time to post the links, a newcomer would be far better off and further ahead buying a copy of "Small Railroads You Can Build" and "N Scale Model Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby" and perhaps building a version of the "Carolina Central" for their first layout. They'll learn all the important basics, including the importance of staging to represent the rest of the world.

    The MRH track plans are fine to dream over, but not many suitable for beginners, the Thor site consists mostly of two-dimensional exercises in spaghetti, while another takes other people's published, copyrighted work and expounds on it. Meh.

    https://www.amazon.com/Small-Railroa.../dp/0890242259

    https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/12428


    https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/12495

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    One. I have never seen any of those track plans published anywhere else.

    Two. You and I have very different definitions of spaghetti.

    Three. I see now I should not have bothered. It any information presented on this forum does not come from Kalmbach Publishing it is worse than useless.

    I don't believe I need to be part of this forum anymore. Good Day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    While I appreciate you taking time to post the links, a newcomer would be far better off and further ahead buying a copy of "Small Railroads You Can Build" and "N Scale Model Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby" and perhaps building a version of the "Carolina Central" for their first layout. They'll learn all the important basics, including the importance of staging to represent the rest of the world.

    The MRH track plans are fine to dream over, but not many suitable for beginners, the Thor site consists mostly of two-dimensional exercises in spaghetti, while another takes other people's published, copyrighted work and expounds on it. Meh.

    https://www.amazon.com/Small-Railroa.../dp/0890242259

    https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/12428


    https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/12495

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoon 45 View Post
    One. I have never seen any of those track plans published anywhere else.

    Two. You and I have very different definitions of spaghetti.

    Three. I see now I should not have bothered. It any information presented on this forum does not come from Kalmbach Publishing it is worse than useless.

    I don't believe I need to be part of this forum anymore. Good Day.
    Ummm...

    One: The 3rd link's author explicitly states that they're modifying Kalmbach's and Woodland Scenics' published track plans, sooo...
    Two: Paul's definition of spaghetti is at least shared but one moose, again sooo...
    Three: Most information presented on this forum seems to come from members' experience, so again sooo...

    Paul seems to make a good point. Moose recalls seeing some of these or very similar web pages when Moose started into designing present layout and found them next to useless, so, ummm, errr..
    Sooo, yes, it has been a good day, but apprently not for a dragoon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Sooo, yes, it has been a good day, but apprently not for a dragoon
    But @Moose2013 scored big in Monroe! Nice haul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    But @Moose2013 scored big in Monroe! Nice haul.
    In a word:
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    Yipe!
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    But, @Moose2013, I think the mods are watching the new figures on @el Gato Gordon's layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    But, @Moose2013, I think the mods are watching the new figures on @el Gato Gordon's layout.
    No doubt yer right, Paul ... Dirty old men...
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