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HO Scale Track Layout Plans


All of the layouts here can be supplied as a full model train set. We can supply everything to get you started. Just contact me with the layout you want.

choosing a layout

1. Selecting Your Layout

Each of the following layouts depicts a larger plan contained in an Atlas instruction book. The layouts in this catalog provide a basic overview of
plans currently published by Atlas. After choosing a layout that fits your skill level, available space and budget, you’ll find all the necessary information
to construct it in the Atlas book listed. (Do not attempt to construct a layout based solely on the data in this catalog.) A product list is included
with each layout in the appropriate Atlas instruction book.

 

HO Basic LayoutHO-1 The Way-Freight Special

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 6’
Code 83 Item #10001-83, Code 100 Item #10001
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®,
rerailers, terminal sections, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical
components
This layout gives you the opportunity to duplicate the work of a “way”
or local freight as it sets out and picks up cars at various industry
sidings along its route.

 

 

 

 

Ho scale layout 2HO-2 The Dispatcher’s Delight

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 6’
Code 83 Item #10002-83, Code 100 Item #10002
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers,
terminal sections, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical
components
This railroad introduces the use of two separate power packs and the
Atlas Selector to give independent control in the various sections of
track separated by insulated rail joiners. Therefore, two trains can run
at the same time, with each running at the speed and direction determined
by the power pack to which the Selector has connected its block.
As the dispatcher of this railroad, you will be kept busy scheduling
movements.

 

 

8 x 4 HO layout track plan #1HO-5 The Senior Twice-Around

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10005-83, Code 100 Item #10005
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
This layout is a lengthened HO-4 with an additional siding. The extra two feet allows
longer trains and longer runs.

 

 

 

 

8 x 4 LayoutHO-6 The Trunk Line

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10006-83, Code 100 Item #10006
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
This 4’ x 8’ railroad features a double-track main line on which long trains can operate
continuously. On this railroad you can switch the spur tracks to add variety.

 

 

 

 

 

6 x 8 Track PlanHO-7 The Junior Pretzel


From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 6’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10007-83, Code 100 Item #10007
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
Since it is built on an extended platform, there are many possibilities with the
HO-7; such as longer runs, longer trains and more realistic operations.

 

 

 

 

6x8 Model Rail LayoutHO-8 The Super Pretzel

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 8’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10008-83, Code 100 Item #10008
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, crossings, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
This layout accommodates a very long main line with three passing tracks. With
such a long line, you will want to work out a simple timetable, first for two trains
running in opposite directions, then later for two trains following each other, with
the faster one overtaking and passing the slower at the different sidings.

 

 

 

model Rail Layout Ideas 8x4HO-10 The Yardmaster

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10010-83, Code 100 Item #10010
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
If you prefer main line operation, you’ll have fun running this railroad. On the HO-10
layout, the little yard is complete with a switching lead on which one locomotive
can work while classifying cars. If short cuts are being handled, the main track can
be kept clear for a second train while switching movements are made into and out
of the yard.


 

 

8 x 4 Layout IdeasHO-11 The Out-and-Back

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 8’
Code 83 Item #10011-83, Code 100 Item #10011
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical components
This layout lets you carry out, in miniature, the process of sorting freight cars and
making up a train in the yard. A second train, circling the main line, can operate
clockwise or counterclockwise since this plan includes reversing loops and sections.

 

 

 

 

6 x 10 Rail Layout IdeasHO-12 The UP-and-over dogbone

From Book #9: Beginner’s Guide to HO Model Railroading
Minimum Table Size Required: 6’ x 10’
Code 83 Item #10012-83, Code 100 Item #10012
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, rerailers, terminal
sections, bridge piers, bridge, bridge set, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical
components
This track plan uses the twisted dogbone pattern to provide a run of approximately
50 feet (almost a mile in HO scale) in the space of two 4 x 6 foot panels.

 

 

 

 

simple model train setHO-13 Simple Oval with Spurs
From Book #11: HO Layouts for Every Space
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 6.5’
Code 83 Item #10013-83, Code 100 Item #10013
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, turnouts, switch
machines, rerailers, terminal sections, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary electrical
components
Featured in the HO-13 are three industry spurs, two of which can be switched by a
train running clockwise around the oval. The third siding at the upper right faces in
the other direction, requiring your crew to leave the train between the switches of
the passing track at the left end, run the engine around the train and couple up behind
the caboose; then push the proper cars into the spur, reversing the maneuver
to get your train back in order.

 

 

4 x 7 Layout Track PlansHO-14 Improving the Simple Oval
From Book #11: HO Layouts for Every Space
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 7’
Code 83 Item #10014-83, Code 100 Item #10014
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, turnouts, wyes,
switch machines, rerailers, terminal sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary
electrical components
The HO-14 layout has three industries on its two long spurs. One, called a “switchback”
spur, requires your locomotive to make several moves to get a car to the
proper industry location. This can keep two operators busy and interested.

 

 

 

 

Model Train SetsHO-15 Minimum-Size Twice Around
From Book #11: HO Layouts for Every Space
Minimum Table Size Required: 4’ x 7’
Code 83 Item #10015-83, Code 100 Item #10015
Products Required: Straight sections, radius sections, Snap-Switches®, turnouts, switch
machines, rerailers, terminal sections, a crossing, bumpers, rail joiners and the necessary
electrical components
The farther your train travels before it retraces the same track, the more interesting
your trip! Therefore, a long main line run was the goal in planning the HO-15 layout.
This plan offers the most action in the least amount of space for a twice-around
railroad, fitting into a minimum of 4’ x 7’ space.

 

 

 

 

 

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