Listed below are the different types of track found in GeoTrax sets. Also included are specialized pieces such as ramps and bridges.
Pieces that have ridges down the center are called as elevation tracks. These can be of any basic type – gray road or city tracks, tan rail tracks, or special green tracks (which are always elevation tracks).
Elevation Ramp Pairs came with 2 screws for holding the halves together. If the screws are missing, the pieces still stay together just fine. These screws are not specifically mentioned elsewhere on this site (as in component lists); it is assumed that they are part of a set whenever it includes Elevation Ramp Pairs. Also, they’re not usually needed to keep the two sections of a ramp together.
Unless noted otherwise, track simply referred to as straight means pieces that are 6 inches long (or 7 inches, if you measure from tip to tip). There are common pieces that are shorter and rarer pieces that are longer.
There are 3 main types of track bridges that are colored black (dark gray) and gray, not counting the larger bridges that are really whole sets in and of themselves.
The gray bridge is mainly used to connect the 2 ramps-with-tunnels (shown below) that you find in the Tracktown Railway set B1836.
This bridge connects the large ramps in set H3464 Workin’ Town Railway.
The first two cross pieces below are nearly identical. Notice the raised guides near the center though. Those on the first one are wider than those on the second. Vehicles can pass through the intersection more easily on one than the other. (As of this writing, I’m not sure which one is the redesign that makes travel easier.)
The most common ramps are on/off ramps, which are very small pieces used to enter or exit your layout.
Longer ramps include this ramp with a tunnel, which you can find in the Tracktown Railway set B1836.
A pair of ramps like the one below comes with the Timbertown Railway set P1370.
This specialty pair of ramps comes with the Mt. Blast Construction Co. set B3007. They are really only useful when hooked together at their highest ends.
Most straight pieces have nothing especially notable about them. Even the bumpy road (shown immediately below) is just a slight variation of a road track.
Short (Straight) Tracks
The most common Y-track pieces come in left and right orientations. These are different from switch tracks in that, after a vehicle makes the turn, it continues in a direction at a right angle from its original orientation. After making a turn on a switch, the vehicle is still going in the same direction, much like in a real-world train yard.
You will also find specialty Y-tracks as shown below.