The Design of Small Model Railways


LGB Garden Railway Why Model Railways? As with any hobby, the obvious answer is because it’s fun! Regardless of the availability of space, money, experience or whatever. I hope these pages will help you with our hobby. And remember: no matter what other people say, the only thing that counts is your pleasure…
Reinoud Kaasschieter

For a long time I’ve designed small model railways. First, because there isn’t much space in an ordinary boy’s room. Secondly, I believe designing small model railways is far more challenging then designing large ones. I still don’t have attics or basements at my disposal, so I continue to have a personal interest in pursuing the design of satisfying miniature layouts. The designs I present on these pages are spin-offs of my quest. Some of you might think I’m nuts and the plans cannot be taken seriously. I admit these plans can be viewed as being far-off and eccentric, but please do not take the effort letting me know. If you think this is the ultimate disgrace for model railwaying, feel free to make your own web pages to reflect your own views.

These plans can be used as an inspiration for your own plans. If you want to use them in any form of publication you’ll need my consent. You can build the plans freely. Please let me know when you did realize one of the plans. Implementing these plans is at your own risk. I’ve got limited possibilities to design or adapt any plans on demand. I’ve the right to refuse any requests for adaptations. All changed plans become my intellectual property.

If you’re want to discuss your plans or want to have a design made for you in some other way, you can contact your regional model railway magazine or become a member of the many weblogs about model railwaying. Some manufacturers offer tailor-made plans according to your wishes. These are mostly services you’ve to pay for.

Sectional track

Lots of my early designs on this website are made with Fleischmann Profi track. I do not find this track the most realistic you can buy, but the geometry seems to give good results trying to fit the tracks on a small surface. Moreover, the designs have narrow curves and using sectional tracks is easier than bending flexible track to a smooth but narrow curve.

Newer designs are made with Märklin C track. I use this track at home and I just want to see the possibilities with this track system. The possibilities and limitations of a track system become clear especially when space is tight.

Most advanced modellers use flex track or build their tracks and turnouts themselves. With superb results, I have to admit. But I personally like geometrical puzzles with inherent limitations. And I want to show that track plans made of sectional track don’t have to be rigid or unprototypical. You’re absolutely free to re-design the plans for your favourite track system, with or without flex track. That being said, in some sense small model railways are always unrealistic. But it’s the modellers challenge to fool the eye of the observer. I wish you a lot of success and enjoyment building your own small model railways.

February, 25th, 2020, Fleischmann announced they would stop the production of their Profi track system, due to irresolvable production issues. As mentioned above, a lot of my plans are made with this track system. I cannot promise I will convert those plans to another system. Please use your own creativity to find your own solutions.


All model railway plans published on this website are made without any commercial attachments or incentives. Most of the plans haven’t been build by me. Some readers have realised my plans, but I don’t have any details how successful they are. I cannot give any guarantees that the plans can be build in real life as the drawings suggest. I do not accepts any responsiblility for damages or disapppointments caused by building these plans. Republication of the text, the drawings or copyrighted photos is only allowed after my consent. Dutch copyright laws apply.


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