Segments are based on a modular 18" x 48" box that can rest on the floor or be raised to coffee table level for ease of play. Sections can also be incorporated into a shelf railroad along a wall - important for households unable to devote the space needed for the large play tables commercially available. Adjacent sections can be clamped together or bolted to prevent stress on the track used to join modules.
This size simplifies construction using standard 4' x 8' plywood sheets, allows sections to be easily carried in a backseat or trunk, and accommodates full track radii using 6½" curves. More importantly, the entire width of the table is usable from either side. This allows better interaction and engagement and expands the complexity of the layouts possible. Using standard modules, segments can be reconfigured into a wide range of layouts. Exciting and dynamic layouts can be quickly and easily set up at a church, school, children’s museum, or train show.
Moving sections around can take a few minutes. To make this more convenient, print a copy of each segment and arrange these until you have a final configuration... A friend generated a set of tiles and I find these to be really handy - they are almost as much fun as playing with trains! You can make your own using photographs glued to hardboard or paperboard. A starter set based on ideas on this website follows: