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Relatively compact layout design in S scale, built with the classic American Flyer tracks. The track plan has small inner oval with branches and reverse loops as well as one more reverse loop in the outer oval and the bridge. The layout is suitable for both continuous run and also for some shunting/switching operations.


Scale & Size
Scale: S (1/64)
Size: Medium
Dimen­sions: 244cm x 137cm; 96" x 54"; 8′ x 4.5′
Area: 3.34m2; 4yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: III, IV, V / Transition, Modern
Theme: Fictional
Location: United States
Scene: Plain
Tracks & Route
Trackage: American Flyer S scale
Type: Closed Route
Line: Single, with Branch(es), with Reverse Loop(s)
Min. radius: 508mm; 20"
Max. grade: 3.2%
Turnout angles: 30°
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight, Shunting/Switching
Power supply: DC
Turnouts: Electric
Uncoupling: Manual


This S-gauge track plan uses traditional American Flyer sectional track with no cut-to-fit pieces. Layout construction is fairly easy on a flat table with piers and risers for the elevated track. The up-and-over grades are fairly moderate for this size of layout.

Trains can run a folded-twisted dogbone route, or a flat oval circuit. One reversing section is arranged so it can be set to run either train route without having to repeatedly switch the electrical polarity. Trains can also reverse their direction of travel for operating variety.

The plate girder bridges and three structures representing vintage American Flyer accessories were created by SCARM contributor Kirk Ainsley. Other structures by Ace. The orange freight house matches the dimensions of a Plasticville kit. The two houses, yellow shack and water tower are freelanced.

Project: Layout   
Author: Clive Ellis aka Ace   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 11 Mar 2020
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