Free model railroad track plans are available all over the internet. The trouble with the downloadable or PDF type is that usually you will like one track plan, but you won’t have the space to accommodate that particular model train layout in your house or shed.
However, when you search for free model railroad track plans that suit the space you have available, you will find that the layouts don’t suit the style you are looking for.
I’ve spent hours upon hours searching through free model railroad track plans and have always been disappointed.
But, there is a much better way!
Instead of looking for free model railroad track plans, create your own plan on your computer. It has become so easy to design custom model railway plans with software that runs on your computer.
Some of these software programs will not only allow you to design your model railroad, but will also allow you to control your model trains from the computer or simulate the operation of them.
But, let’s get back to creating your own model railway plan that suits the space and budget you have available.
Basically, you run the software in design mode which gives you a grid pattern to work with. It’s all drag and drop. So, if you want a straight section of track, you click on it in the pallet to the side and drag it into position. Then you would click on the next section you want and drag it to join to the one that is already there. It’s incredibly simple and prompts you the whole way with tips.
Once you have completed your track placement, you can move onto the application mode. This is where you add elements like the power supply and the grade of the track.
Then you can switch to run mode and actually run a simulation of the operation of your model train.
If you need some inspiration to start off the design of your model railroad plan, the software also comes preloaded with a list of free model railroad track plans. You will be amazed to see the complexity of some of these track plans.
If you are keen to take the next step and actually control your model train layout’s hardware from the software, this can easily be done with the USB driver. You will need to buy the cable and a few bits to make this work, but they are pre-made so you don’t need any special knowledge to do this.
Try designing your free model railroad track plans now, you’ll love them.
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