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    Posted: 02 Jan 2017 at 10:56am
What are the best sites for European inspired track plans...other than:
http://www.stummiforum.de/viewtopic.php?f=154&t=117269
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Wink Well, I would say http://www.google.de
You will find the most interesting results on the first two pages.

One of those are the following:
http://www.moba-trickkiste.de/wie-macht-man-planen/datenbank-gleisplaene.html

If you are using a program like WinTrack you find track planes on there web page. There are also books available as you might know. A got source beside google would be https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gleisplaene or http://vgbahn.de/


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Keep in mind that track plans really need an explanation of what the plan is trying to accomplish.

In the real world, tracks at any particular location have a particular purpose.  That purpose, particularly within stations and industries, may not always be obvious.

Track plans are good for getting ideas but seldom fit perfectly for what any individual modeler is trying to accomplish. 


Also, you may want to think first about what brand of track you plan to use.  Each manufacturer's track system has its own geometry.

Model track manufacturers also often provide sample track plans using their products.

Yes, you can adapt many track products to a particular configuration -- with sawing and use of flex track.  But, particularly in the beginning, this may not be what you want to spend your time on.


Another important issue to consider before looking at track plans is the era you plan to model.  Up though Era 4, many smaller stations had freight houses and team tracks.  While some smaller stations now have utility tracks that can serve a number of purposes, including being a team track, the use of freight houses has gone away.

Rolling stock has also changed over time.  In the modern eras, intermodal plays an important role, and many larger stations have facilities for loading and unloading containers, trailers, and swap bodies.


By the way, if I (or anyone else on this forum) have used terms that are new to you, please ask.

Also, when you post questions, give us feedback on how useful the responses are.

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