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N Scale Track Plans



An ongoing blog post with track plans that I will add to over time. I'll try to get the track plans for layouts I've actually built here as well as those I like or plan to build at some point. I'll make a separate post with HO scale track plans eventually as well. These were all done using AnyRail 5 running in CrossOver on my iMac.


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NEW! I've added links to the AnyRail files if you want to download the track plans and edit them in AnyRail. You should be able to right-click to download and save the files to your local computer.

 

Third Street Industrial District


This is an N Scale Kato Unitrack version of the layout design by Bill Baumann in the November 1985 edition of Model Railroader. In this plan, the track descends and crosses below the mainline at the bottom left. The design had the track embedded in a street all along that lower, descending route. This is a track-heavy plan that would also be dense with structures. At some point, I'll try to sketch out structures, roads, etc, on the plan.


I'll try to post the AnyRail file soon.


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 16

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 6

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 1

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 5

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 12

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 4 (part of track assortment pack)

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 2 (part of track assortment pack)

20101, N Kato Unitrack 20101. Curve radius 9.8", angle 15º 1

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 1

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 3

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 1

20130, N Kato Unitrack 20130. Curve radius 13.7", angle 30º 1

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 8

20160, N Kato Unitrack 20160. Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 1

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 8

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 6

20231, N Kato Unitrack 20231. Right crossover 9.76". 1

20300, N Kato Unitrack 20300. Crossing 7.32". 15º (left) 1



Exciting 2x4 Foot Layout with Lots of Action!


This is plan for a new project layout that I am starting. I have each individual level shown below the overview image, and then the track list after that. This layout features track on three levels, with four independent loops of track for lots of action. The middle level is an industrial switching area, while other loops are just for train watching.



Top level:


Middle Level:


Bottom Level:


I'll try to post the AnyRail file soon.


Track listing:

Note that while I have amazon affiliate links for most products, often you can find them at hobby retailers for cheaper. I like fiferhobby.com and modeltrainstuff.com but check other stores as well. Note that as an Amazon affiliate, I receive a commission on any sales make through those links.


Number of pieces, track item, Amazon link

  1. 15 Kato Unitrack 20000 straight 9.76" (9 3/4") https://amzn.to/3iBLMb0

  2. 5 Kato Unitrack 20020 straight 4.88" (4 7/8") https://amzn.to/3ZrB4EJ

  3. 2 Kato Unitrack 20030 straight 2.52" (2 1/2") https://amzn.to/3kemj7M

  4. 7 Kato Unitrack 20040 straight 2.44" (2 7/16") https://amzn.to/3vXqZBA

  5. 4 Kato Unitrack 20048 bumper 1.99" https://amzn.to/3ZAas4c

  6. 4 Kato Unitrack 20070 straight 1.79" (in track assortment) https://amzn.to/3CKuuPX

  7. 1 Kato Unitrack 20071 straight 1.14" (in track assortment) https://amzn.to/3CKuuPX

  8. 12 Kato Unitrack 20100 curve radius 9.8" (9 3/4") angle 45° https://amzn.to/3GGhXho

  9. 4 Kato Unitrack 20101 curve radius 9.8" angle 15° https://amzn.to/3kbTkll

  10. 8 Kato Unitrack 20110 curve radius 11" angle 45° https://amzn.to/3CLCqQS

  11. 5 Kato Unitrack 20170 curve radius 8.5" angle 45° https://amzn.to/3vXG46a

  12. 2 Kato Unitrack 20171 curve radius 8.5" angle 15° https://amzn.to/3ILzwiW

  13. 8 Kato Unitrack 20176 curve radius 4.61" (4 5/8") angle 45° https://shop.fiferhobby.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=22591

  14. 4 Kato Unitrack 20203 Right hand turnout 7.32" https://amzn.to/3H0BwT7

  15. 1 Kato Unitrack 20222 Wye turnout 4.96" https://shop.fiferhobby.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=16912

  16. 16 Kato Terminal Rail Joiners. https://shop.fiferhobby.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=12863


18" x 34" N Scale Industrial Area Layout


This is another layout I plan to build this year. This layout could fit on top of a dresser or easily fit on a desk. While small, the layout offers a lot of visual interest with the raised town area and multiple industries to switch along with an easily accessible interchange track on the bottom right of the layout plan. This layout would likely have four car spots to switch, though you could have another car spot on the main like at the top of the plan if you ignore the portion of the loop under the town during switching operations and use that as a car spot for the background industry.



Here is the plan without the structure and road placements and such:

I'll try to post the AnyRail file soon.


Here is the track listing:


Coming soon



A Tiny 12" x 18" Diorama Layout


This is a simple loop of track for a trolley or tram, but features an winding road climbing a hill with a dense packing of structures. I plan to have a dense tree covering as well with all the structures lighted. It would make for a nice little display layout.


Here is just the track diagram

I'll try to post the AnyRail file soon.


Here is the track listing:


Coming soon




2x4 Layout with Lots of Switching


Here is a 2x4 foot layout that offers both continuous running and lots of switching. There is no run around track, but all the turnouts are trailing point turnouts when operating the layout counter clockwise. The operational idea is that the track on the bottom left is an interchange track where rolling stock can come on and

off the layout. Cars are picked up there, then switched at the various industries. The large structure on the bottom left with the track running through it could have another loading door on the "mainline" track, or the track inside the structure could be car spot if no continuous running is desired during an operating session. The inner three tracks on the left is also set up as a 5-3-3 inglenook design, so one could simply switch that section of track as an inglenook game, possibly while another train is orbiting on the main loop. The long switching lead for those three track spurs allows for one locomotive to switch those industries while another operates on the "mainline".


I'll try to post the AnyRail file on AWS soon.


Track List


20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 8

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 5

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 3

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 2

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 5

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 2

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 2

20100, N Kato Unitrack 20100. Curve radius 9.8", angle 45º 5

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 6

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 3

20170, N Kato Unitrack 20170. Curve radius 8.5", angle 45º 1

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 2

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 4




1' x 6' N Scale Switching Layout


This is a small N scale switching layout that is a slightly modified version of a layout designed by Rob Chant. The main changes were just to have the layout design work with Kato Unitrack. The layout can be operated with an extension to allow for trains to move onto and off the layout, or just switched without the extension.

Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/1x6NscaleSwitchingLayout.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 14

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 1

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 3

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 3

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 6

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 1

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 1

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 1

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 2

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 4


The Executive Inglenook

Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/nscaleinglenook.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


 

17" x 30" Desktop Micro


Here are the track plan and track list for the 17" x 30" N scale desktop micro layout I built. You can read more on that layout here: https://www.steves-trains.com/post/desktop-micro-layout-17-x-30


Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/17x30track.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 2

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 3

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 1

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 1

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 2

20172, N Kato Unitrack 20172. Curve radius 7.2", angle 45º (Compact) 7

20174, N Kato Unitrack 20174. Curve radius 5.91", angle 45º (Compact) 2

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 1

20240, N Kato Unitrack 20240. Left turnout 4.88". (remote) (Compact) 1

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 5


 

2' x 3' N Scale Mini Layout


Here are the track plan and track list for the 2' x 3' N scale desktop micro layout I built. You can read more on that layout here: https://www.steves-trains.com/post/2-x-3-n-scale-mini-layout

Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/2x3track.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 3

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 1

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 1

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 3

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 8

20100, N Kato Unitrack 20100. Curve radius 9.8", angle 45º 5

20101, N Kato Unitrack 20101. Curve radius 9.8", angle 15º 2

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 1

20140, N Kato Unitrack 20140. Curve radius 15", angle 30º 1

20170, N Kato Unitrack 20170. Curve radius 8.5", angle 45º 5

20171, N Kato Unitrack 20171. Curve radius 8.5", angle 15º 4

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 3

20301, N Kato Unitrack 20301. Crossing 7.32". 15º (right) 1

20505, N Kato Unitrack 20505. Curve radius 9.8", angle 45º (viaduct) 2

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 8

 

Carolina Central


I've never built this layout, but have always liked it. This layout appeared in Model Railroader, and this is a Kato Unitrack version for a 32" x 80" hollow-core door. This version has an 11" minimum radius, but if you went to a wider 36" door you should be able to increase that to a 12.4" minimum radius.

Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/CarolinaCentral.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 15

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 3

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 2

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 1

20045, N Kato Unitrack 20045. Straight transition Kato/Fleischmann 2.44". 1

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 4

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 3

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 2

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 4

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 7

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 11

20140, N Kato Unitrack 20140. Curve radius 15", angle 30º 1

20160, N Kato Unitrack 20160. Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 2

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 4

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 4

20452, N Kato Unitrack 20452. Straight 7.32". (bridge) (gray) 1

20520, N Kato Unitrack 20520. Curve radius 12.4", angle 45º (viaduct) 1

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 15

 

3' x 5' Fun Pretzel Layout


This is a take on this awesome little layout I saw on Facebook:

This version is quite a bit larger, at about 3'x5', and has an 11" minimum radius on the inner folded dogbone, and a 13.7" minimum radius on the outer loop. The double cross over allows the two loops to be run as one circuit, or two trains to be run at the same time. There are no operations involved here, this is just a layout to watch trains run on, though it would be possible to add a few industries in various places if so desired. This is a layout I may build soon. Track on the left and right side of the layout behind the green lines would be inside of tunnels, though I would have the sides of the layout open for easy access to the track.

Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 4

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 2

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 1

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 4

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 2

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 1

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 2

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 12

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 6

20120, N Kato Unitrack 20120. Curve radius 12.4", angle 45º 4

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 3

20130, N Kato Unitrack 20130. Curve radius 13.7", angle 30º 3

20132, N Kato Unitrack 20132. Curve radius 13.7", angle 45º 7

20140, N Kato Unitrack 20140. Curve radius 15", angle 30º 1

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 1

20160, N Kato Unitrack 20160. Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 1

20210, N Kato Unitrack 20210. Double crossover 12.2". 15º 1

20434, N Kato Unitrack 20434. Straight 9.76". (bridge) (black) 1

20452, N Kato Unitrack 20452. Straight 7.32". (bridge) (gray) 3

20462, N Kato Unitrack 20462. Straight 4.88". (bridge) (gray) 1

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 10


Here is a modified version of the same layout with some general scenery ideas. This allows for off-layout staging or a connection to other modules.



Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/3x5track.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 5

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 1

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 1

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 5

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 4

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 4

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 3

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 12

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 6

20120, N Kato Unitrack 20120. Curve radius 12.4", angle 45º 4

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 3

20130, N Kato Unitrack 20130. Curve radius 13.7", angle 30º 4

20132, N Kato Unitrack 20132. Curve radius 13.7", angle 45º 6

20140, N Kato Unitrack 20140. Curve radius 15", angle 30º 1

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 1

20160, N Kato Unitrack 20160. Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 2

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 2

20210, N Kato Unitrack 20210. Double crossover 12.2". 15º 1

20434, N Kato Unitrack 20434. Straight 9.76". (bridge) (black) 1

20452, N Kato Unitrack 20452. Straight 7.32". (bridge) (gray) 3

20462, N Kato Unitrack 20462. Straight 4.88". (bridge) (gray) 1

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 12


 

Amherst 2005 Layout


This is one of the layout designs on the Kato USA website that apparently was used on a layout shown at the Amherst MRR show in 2005. This layout is 2.5' by 4.5' in size, so nice and compact and allows for running two trains at once with a third held on the passing siding.


Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/Amherst2005.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 4

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 4

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 2

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 2

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 3

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 5

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 2

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 3

20100, N Kato Unitrack 20100. Curve radius 9.8", angle 45º 8

20110, N Kato Unitrack 20110. Curve radius 11.1", angle 45º 8

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 4

20120, N Kato Unitrack 20120. Curve radius 12.4", angle 45º 4

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 4

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 3

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 4

20210, N Kato Unitrack 20210. Double crossover 12.2". 15º 1

20430, N Kato Unitrack 20430. Straight 9.76". (bridge) (red) 1

20437, N Kato Unitrack 20437. Straight 9.76". (bridge) (silver) 1

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 20

 

Modified MRR Salt Lake Route Layout


This is a modified version of the MRR Salt Lake Route Layout. This Model Railroader project railroad is probably one of my top three favorite that they have done. I have adjusted the yard side to have a less wonky track plan, and have edited the track pieces so none of the adjustable track sections are needed. I've also not used any feeder track sections since the wired Unijoiners are generally more reliable (no risk that the plug is pulled out from the bottom of the track). I've also adjusted things so track pieces line up nearly precisely everywhere on the layout. I have a lot of powered Unijoiners shown on the plan, and some of those could probably be removed, but I always prefer more power leads than fewer for added reliability, especially around turnouts. The layout is 9 feet long and 4 feet wide at the widest point. The base can be made from a single sheet of plywood, with a 1x4 foot section removed from one long side and added to the short side to give you the 9-foot length.


Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/SaltLakeRouteModified.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 46

20004, N Kato Unitrack 20004. Straight 9.76". (concrete) (double track) 4

20010, N Kato Unitrack 20010. Straight 7.32". 8

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 14

20023, N Kato Unitrack 20023. Straight 4.88". (concrete) (double track) 2

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 6

20040, N Kato Unitrack 20040. Straight 2.44". 14

20042, N Kato Unitrack 20042. Straight 2.44". (concrete) (double track) 2

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 16

20070, N Kato Unitrack 20070. Straight 1.79". 12

20071, N Kato Unitrack 20071. Straight 1.14". 4

20101, N Kato Unitrack 20101. Curve radius 9.8", angle 15º 4

20121, N Kato Unitrack 20121. Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 10

20140, N Kato Unitrack 20140. Curve radius 15", angle 30º 2

20150, N Kato Unitrack 20150. Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 4

20160, N Kato Unitrack 20160. Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 20

20181, N Kato Unitrack 20181. Curve radius 15"+16.3", angle 45º (concrete) (double track) (superelevated) 14

20182L, N Kato Unitrack 20182L. Curved transition radius 15"+16.3", angle 22.5º (left) (concrete) (double track) 6

20182R, N Kato Unitrack 20182R. Curved transition radius 15"+16.3", angle 22.5º (right) (concrete) (double track) 6

20202, N Kato Unitrack 20202. Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 12

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 12

20210, N Kato Unitrack 20210. Double crossover 12.2". 15º 2

20437, N Kato Unitrack 20437. Straight 9.76". (bridge) (silver) 2

24818, N Kato Unijoiner 24818 32

 

Twice around in 3.5 x 5.5 feet (Revised)



Download the AnyRail file: https://stevestrainsfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/3x5doubletracktwicearound.any (right click and save the file, you won't be able to open it directly)


Kato Unitrack Track List


20000: Straight 9.76". 8

20001: Straight 9.76". (double plate track) 1

20010: Straight 7.32". 2

20020: Straight 4.88". 4

20040: Straight 2.44". 6

20048: Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 4

20070: Straight 1.79". 5

20071: Straight 1.14". 14

20120: Curve radius 12.4", angle 45º 5

20121: Curve radius 12.4", angle 15º 2

20130: Curve radius 13.7", angle 30º 9

20132: Curve radius 13.7", angle 45º 1

20140: Curve radius 15", angle 30º 3

20150: Curve radius 28.27", angle 15º 1

20160: Curve radius 18.94", angle 15º 7

20181: Curve radius 15"+16.3", angle 45º (concrete) (superelevated) 2

20182L: Curved transition radius 15"+16.3", angle 22.5º (left) (concrete) 1

20182: Curved transition radius 15"+16.3", angle 22.5º (right) (concrete) 1

20185: Curve radius 17.6"+18.9", angle 45º (concrete) (superelevated) 2

20186L: Curved transition radius 17.6"+18.9", angle 22.5º (left) (concrete) 1

20186R: Curved transition radius 17.6"+18.9", angle 22.5º (right) (concrete) 1

20202: Left turnout 7.32". (remote) 1

20203: Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 3

20210: Double crossover 12.2". 15º 1

20231: Right crossover 9.76". 1

20452: Straight 7.32". (bridge) (gray) 1

20457: Straight 7.32". (bridge) (gray) 2

20541: Curve radius 15"+16.3", angle 45º (viaduct) 2


Here is a version with elevations noted on the diagram


 

The San Jose Shelf Switcher with Kato Unitrack


One layout I've always been interested in is the San Jose Shelf Switcher by Byron Henderson. It is an 18"x72" layout that you can read more about here: https://www.layoutvision.com/san-jose-shelf-switcher


This design offers the chance to switch multiple industries along with an interchange track and enough space to prevent the layout from being too much of a "puzzle" to operate.


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