Compact Layouts

You don't need a lot of space for an enjoyable layout. Some of these plans have been built by modelers, including myself. Many are Z Scale, since 1:220 allows for a bit more layout in a given space, albeit at the expense of product options. Some of these plans qualify as "micro-layouts," although one would then need an arbitrary dividing point, so I just rolled everything together.

Layout Name

Scale

Scheme

Size

Cape James

N

over/under

24 x 48

Chehalis Lumber

Z

loop-to-loop

24 x 60

Crooked Creek

Z

figure-8

24 x 52

Edelweiss Mountain

Z

thrice-around

24 x 34

Elizabeth & Port Reading

N

figure-8

16 x 34

Erie Youngstown Branch

N

loop with branch

16 x 26

Gorre & Daphetid

Z

twice-around w/branch

17 x 31

Greene Granite & Monument

N

loop

16 x 22

Grey River

Z

twice-around

24 x 48

Hoboken Manufacturers Railroad

N

loop with branch

24 x 35

James River Branch

Z

figure-8 w/ helices

15 x 36

Jersey City Industrial

N

loop

24 x 48

Pacific Northwestern

Z

figure-8

24 x 52

Penn Central Stockton Branch

N

folded dogbone

24 x 48

Perth Amboy Industrial District

N

loop with branch

18 x 30

Port Reading

Z

out and back

22 x 44

Southern Jersey

Z

loop with branch

30 x 46

Trenton Transportation Company

N

loop

16 x 27

Triangle Park

Z

loop with wye

24 x 52

Union & Phillipsburg

Z

loop

21 x 38

Warren Industries

Z

loop

21 x 36

White River & Northern VI

Nn3

twice-around w/branch

18 x 54

Wrightstown & Midland

N

folded dogbone

36 x 60

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