Considerations With Model Train LayoutsOne thing you should closely consider when collecting model train sets is to know the basic types of model train layouts. The first type of layout that you should check is what you call oval. This specific track is quite simple where trains could go round and round. Apart from that, you should know that this type of track is what you get when you purchase a typical train set.
Just in case you don't know, there are modelers who may not like this specific layout because it does seem like a train chasing its own tail. Setting aside its disadvantage, you should know that this oval layout is the best place to start your collection. This will also allow any model train collector to run their trains without having to change its direction.
Next type of model train layout that you should check is what you call covered oval. This specific layout is quite similar with oval track but the only difference is that the modeler can definitely see the trains on the front view section of the track. Now with both ends at the board, the railway would enter the tunnel hiding all of its tracks. Needless to say, this is what makes the layout more realistic as the trains enter the tunnel and eventually stay in there for awhile before coming out. As a matter of fact, it is quite usual on this layout to have your main sidings hidden away in the tunnels with the different trains in each. This simply suggests that the train you brought out of the tunnel is no longer the same train that went inside.
Among the long list of model train layouts, you should also be familiar with straight layout. What you don't know is that this specific layout is more for displays or perhaps for those people who want to set a superb scene. Also, this specific layout consists of having a straight section of track that would usually end at both sides of the board. Yes, you can probably think of it as a dead end section scene or it could be an alternatively set of sidings. In addition, straight layout would allow any modeler to build a more realistic scene where trains wouldn't go round and round. Just in case you don't know, you can definitely run the locomotives from one siding down to the next one with this specific layout.
On the other end, you may use the shunter to arrange a set of wagons in the sidings ready to be taken away by any of the locomotives.
Together with these model train layouts, you should also be aware as to how these layouts are built. Apart from that, you should put in mind that the layout of your track is considered to be one of the most important things you should take into consideration. Deciding on the gauge is what you need to closely monitor. After which, you have to consider the method of applying ballast which is done before you start laying the track.