6Track geometries for 00-Gauge Hornby SeTrack

I have recently returned to model railwaying after a hiatus of over a decade. Since I last modelled, things have changed considerably, with the wide availability of modelling software which allows layouts to be carefully designed in advance – ensuring the design will fit in the space, and that the required track is available.


In terms of track, most modellers now recommend Peco Streamline track for a range of reasons including: it is believed to be better running, the point radii are more suitable for high speed running of large locos, and there is a wider range of pre-made track pieces available. With all that said, I still have a large collection of SeTrack so I decided to design my layout to work with this track to avoid the cost of replacing it with newer Streamline.

Building a basic circle with SeTrack is simple enough, but more complex layouts can become tricky, and so I decided to look on google for some standard geometry layouts to help me. Hornby provide a fairly basic layout themselves which is partially useful for curved points, but I was unable to find any other geometry sites that included a comprehensive set of correct geometries. The best I managed to find was FreeTrackPlans.com which was a very useful starting point, but sadly includes several examples which don’t actually fit very well together.

Below are a large set of track geometries I have designed in AnyRail 5. The AnyRail plan is also available from the downloads page at DIYMediaHome (my more technical oriented website). I should note that there are some examples below that technically don’t fit perfectly – however I have restricted these imperfections to instances where the problem is caused by a straight piece which is fractionally too short. I believe that in a real world model this error is so small that it wont matter, and furthermore that a modeller could easily correct them by using a longer straight piece and cutting it to length. Such very minor mismatches are highlighted in pink at the joint in question. All such imperfections are within the AnyRail tolerances – as their manual says: “Sometimes you can make the track fit by using the play (wiggle room) in the track. While this can be considered cheating, sometimes you don’t even notice that you’re doing just that when laying real track”.

You may notice a lot of level-crossings at the ends of each geometry – these are present to demonstrate that the track at the ends is equal in length and the correct 67mm parallel separation.

Where shown the grid lines illustrate 50cm squares for scale purposes

One last thing to note are the following specifications for HO and OO gauge track standards. The geometries below are for 67mm Hornby/SeTrack, not for 50mm Peco/Streamline

4mm OO Gauge track geometry – Hornby Standard, Peco Setrack, & Bachmann Branchline

  • Track gauge: 16.5mm
  • Track spacing: 67mm
  • Rail heights: code 100
  • 1st curve radius: 371mm
  • 2nd curve radius: 438mm
  • 3rd curve radius: 505mm
  • 4th curve radius: 571.5mm

4mm HO Gauge track geometry – Peco Streamline

  • Track gauge: 16.5mm
  • Track spacing: 50mm
  • Rail heights: code 100, 83 or 75
  • 1st curve radius: 371mm
  • 2nd curve radius: 438mm
  • 3rd curve radius: 505mm
  • 4th curve radius: 571.5mm

Updates

  • 24-Sept-2015: Added 15 new geometries, mostly of stations
  • 9-Mar-2017: Added 8 new geometries

Hornby 4 track loop standard dimensions

standard-track-loop

Standard parallel turnout geometries

standard-twin-track-double-turnout-parallel standard-straight-turnout

Express parallel turnout geometries

single-to-twin-track-express-split express-twin-track-to-triple-track-symmetrical express-twin-track-to-triple-track express-twin-track-switch express-twin-track-double-turnout-parallel

Angled turnout geometries

twin-track-double-turnout-angled express-twin-track-double-turnout-angled

Curved turnout geometries

triple-turnout-on-curve low-speed-turnout-on-curve quadruple-turnout-on-curve express-turnout-on-curve twin-track-double-turnout-on-curve double-track-low-speed-twin-turnout-on-curve double-track-express-twin-turnout-on-curve twin-track-double-90-deg-turnout twin-track-express-double-90-deg-turnout

X-crossing and Scissor-crossing geometries

twin-track-double-X-crossing twin-to-triple-track-passing-point twin-track-express-scissor-crossing twin-track-scissor-crossing-offset

Y-junction and T-junction geometries

twin-track-low-speed-T-junction twin-track-express-Y-junction twin-track-express-T-junction simple-twin-track-3-way-junction single-track-3-way-junction

Basic Station geometries

standard-2-platform-station-turnout express-2-platform-station-island combination-island-station-3 combination-island-station-2 combination-island-station-1 express-2-platform-station-turnout

Major station geometries

twin-track-island-station-with-double-outside-bypass twin-track-3-platform-express-station offset-twin-track-express-4-platform-station twin-track-express-4-platform-station-with-1-bypass-track twin-track-4-platform-station-with-2-bypass-tracks twin-track-4-platform-station-with-1-bypass-track twin-track-5-platform-station-with-1-bypass-track

Curved station geometries

twin-track-2-platform-station-on-curve double-track-3-platform-station-on-curve double-track-3-platform-station-on-curve-with-bypass

Terminus station with turntable geometries

twin-track-4-platform-terminus-with-turntable-and-bypass-track twin-track-3-platform-terminus-with-turntable

Turntable geometries

turntable-to-4-parallel-tracks

4-way junction geometries

twin-track-90-degree-underpass twin-track-90-degree-cross-offset-2 twin-track-90-degree-cross-offset-1 twin-track-90-degree-crossing-simple-2 twin-track-90-degree-crossing-simple-1 twin-track-90-degree-cross-2 twin-track-90-degree-cross-1 simple-4-way-junction

Other geometries

twin-track-express-double-turnout-with-underpass

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6 Comments

gravatar Lester

Thanks Jon, This has been really helpful… I’m now going to side down and digest much of this and then try in AnyRail to create my own solutions based on the ones you’ve provided here! 🙂

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gravatar Jon Scaife

The radius of 4th radius is 572mm – so the total diameter will be 1144mm (1.15m or 45 inches). That is to the track centre, so you’d need to add on a small amount for the physical space required. I’d suggest adding on half a track width at either side, and half a track spacing at either side. That gives a grand total of 1228mm of space needed (1.3m or 48 1/3 inches). I’d want a little margin for error on top of that myself.

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gravatar Graeme

Super item, Jon. Sorry if I’ve missed it here, but when you mention track spacing, e.g H0 as 50mm, how is that space measured? Is it the space between the edges of the sleepers of two tracks or say, from track centre to track centre?

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gravatar TK

Thank you for doing this, it has helped me realise what can be achieved.

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