• Stephen Strum

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. If you want to help support this website as well as my YouTube channel efforts, consider buying me a coffee using the link below.


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.

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

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



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

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.

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.



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.


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.



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)



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


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.


Track List

20000, N Kato Unitrack 20000. Straight 9.76". 7

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". 5

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

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

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

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

20111, N Kato Unitrack 20111. Curve radius 11.1", angle 15º 1

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 2

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

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

20203, N Kato Unitrack 20203. Right turnout 7.32". (remote) 2


2'x3' N Scale Switching Layout

This is an N scale Kato Unitrack version of a layout on Rob Chant's blog site here: http://www.jomrd.com/index.php?page=ShowRecord&ID=197


While Rob had the layout elevation flat, I thought it would be more interesting for the interchange, or off-layout connection track at the top to be maybe an inch or so higher than the rest of the layout, then the middle area to be maybe half an inch higher than the right side. That would perhaps make for some slightly more interesting terrain. While compact, the layout could serve five industries, and provide for a lot of switching. I've used some of the Kato 6" radius turnouts which are very sharp, but 50' and shorter rolling stock and shorter locomotives will negotiate those just fine. If the Kato #4 turnouts were more reliable those would be a better choice. But, doing this layout with Peco track and turnouts would still probably be a better option.


Track List

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

20020, N Kato Unitrack 20020. Straight 4.88". 5

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

20045, N Kato Unitrack 20045. Straight transition Kato/Fleischmann 2.44". 3

20048, N Kato Unitrack 20048. Buffer/Bumper Type C, 1.99". 7

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

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

20100, N Kato Unitrack 20100. Curve radius 9.8", angle 45º 1

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

20170, N Kato Unitrack 20170. Curve radius 8.5", angle 45º 3

20171, N Kato Unitrack 20171. Curve radius 8.5", angle 15º 3

20172, N Kato Unitrack 20172. Curve radius 7.2", angle 45º (Compact) 3

20222, N Kato Unitrack 20222. Wye turnout 4.96". (remote) 2

20230, N Kato Unitrack 20230. Left crossover 9.76". 1

20241, N Kato Unitrack 20241. Right turnout 4.88". (remote) (Compact) 4


Wye Not?


This is based on another Rob Chant layout I liked: http://www.jomrd.com/index.php?page=ShowRecord&ID=33

The layout is 12" x 42" and features only Kato Wye turnouts. The lower left two tracks were designed to be a car float in Rob's plans.



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". 2

20030, N Kato Unitrack 20030. Straight 2.52". 1

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

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

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

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

20222, N Kato Unitrack 20222. Wye turnout 4.96". (remote) 7



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