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Take Your Pick of the Many GeoTrax Layouts Available
Many GeoTrax train sets, especially the starter sets, come with multiple pieces of track. If you get such a set, you may wonder if there is a correct way to put it all together.
If you're in a hurry, you can get to pictures of some sample layouts here.
If you get a set in its original packaging, you’ll also get a set of directions which may include layout suggestions. However, these days you won’t necessarily get that packaging and accompanying directions. You’re more likely to get just the plastic pieces of track, trains, buildings, and accessories.
Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem. Fisher Price, as of this writing, still has many of those directions in PDF format on its website. There are pictures and videos elsewhere online that you can look at for ideas. There is even one site on which you can construct virtual layouts and translate them into real world layouts later on.
Which Sets Have Directions with Layouts?
Not every GeoTrax set has directions that show a layout, but there are quite a few that do. After all, it wouldn’t make much sense to show a layout for an expansion set that only included three pieces of track.
On the other hand, some directions actually show you more than one possibility. And that’s just using the track pieces included in one given set.
Below is a list of sets (each preceded by the Fisher Price product ID for handy reference) that I have found to contain layouts that use just the track in that set. Of course, once you add even one or two more pieces, the possibilities increase quite quickly.
- B1836 - Tracktown Railway
- B3007 - Mt. Blast Construction Co.
- C1857 - Cross Valley Junction
- C6994 - Mile High Mountain
- G4695 - Conductor's Crossing
- G6173 - Deluxe Elevation Set
- H3464 - Workin' Town Railway
- H9448 - All About Trains
- K8378 - Mega Set
- L3133 - Grand Central Station
- L5888 - Lift 'n Load Quarry
- P1370 - Timbertown Railway
- P5370 - Lightning McQueen's Close Call
- R6357 - Radiator Springs Mega Set
- T2750 - Toy Story 3 Exploding Bridge
- V0420 - Christmas Railway
- V2027 - Christmas in Toy Town
- V7867 - Train Table and RC Set
- V8488 - The Batcave RC Set
- V9969 - World Grand Prix RC Set
- W6116 - Big Bentley RC Set
- W6117 - World Grand Prix Value Set
Do You Have Pictures of Layouts I Can Look At?
Why, yes, I do. You can see a few layouts on the GeoTrax Layout Galleries page. You’ll find some basic layouts there and a couple of more advanced setups too.
I also now have a PDF of over 2 dozen layouts that you can get at the GeoTrax Packs store. Click here to see that offer.
Where Else Can You Find Layouts?
When looking for even more visuals, I like to use Bing.com. You can easily find lots of images and videos of GeoTrax layouts there.
The creators of those visuals may not have had you in mind when they made them, so you might not get the best look at how to put it together. Then again, some people had that very thing in mind when making and posting the images or videos.
Search the Bing images or videos for GeoTrax layouts or a similar phrase, and you’ll get plenty of results to stimulate your imagination.
How Can I Create My Own Layouts Online?
As I mentioned earlier, there are at least two sites at which you can design your own layouts before implementing them with actual track.
Why would you want to do this? Perhaps you don’t have the actual track in front of you, but you do have a computer or tablet. Maybe the track is currently in use, and you don’t want to mess it up or take play time away from your child. It could also be that you want to see if you have enough physical space to place those track pieces before going through all the effort of clicking them together.
The site that the link below takes you to shows a grid on which you place your virtual track pieces. There are also video instructions on how to use the site and Flickr images of what others have done.
Another site uses a different method and more color to let you put together your creations. Besides track, you can include buildings and bridges. You can save your creations and bring them back later to work on them again.
How to Create a Layout When You Have More Than One Set
So far, I’ve given ideas mostly for individual sets, but all GeoTrax sets work with each other. So how do you handle putting two or more of them together?
One solution is to use the online resources mentioned above. Beyond that, it’s mostly trial and error, but there’s really no wrong way to do this.
Once in a while, you may put something together that doesn’t line up just right. You might have to rip up a little bit and start again, but that’s really easy to do.
If you have elevation track and support pieces, you can often get out of a bind (when track doesn’t line up the way you thought it might) by ramping up and over another line to keep on going. Some designers have taken the elevation idea to the extreme creating layouts that are three, four, even five layers high!
GeoTrax Train Table Layouts Are Possible
If you own the Train Table and RC set (V7867), you can create your layouts above ground level. This set includes 3 tables that you can arrange in various configurations.
Using tables like these does obviously limit the square footage of your layout. It’s likely going to be less than the floor space you might otherwise use. Still, there is something special about playing with trains on a table, so it’s probably worth the trade off.
If you or someone you know is handy with tools, you might craft a custom train table in any dimensions you like. Your options are only limited here by the floor space available for the train table and probably the weight of the table itself.