The internet has had an unprecedented effect on the diffusion and proliferation of ideas and concepts from popular culture and leisure time activities. Today (early 2017) an internet search on Timesaver layout will return an incredible 400,000 results on Google (not all of these will, of course, take you to model railroad content), whereas in 2002 I was trawling the world wide web back and forth and listing Timesaver layouts "by hand" on this page, eventually arriving at a near dozen links. All but one of these have over time ceased to be active - but as the Google result shows have been replaced by a plethora of others.

Therefore, if you are looking for examples of Timesaver layouts, be it for inspiration or out of curiosity, the best way to go about is it to simply surf the net - there's plenty of text, images and even videos out there.

Looking at the vast number of layouts built by model railroaders following in the footsteps of John Allen and his Timesaver, one quickly finds that there are three types of "Timesaver layouts": First of all, we have non-scenicked Timesaver layouts which follow the original very closely, displaying the original trackplan and no scenery - ready for a game of pure model railroad chess. Then, there are the scenicked Timesavers which follow the original trackplan but set in a (rural or urban) landscape of some kind. And finally, there's the Timesaver layout variations which are usually described as being "based on the Timesaver", very often meaning that the trackplan has been modified one way or the other while still keeping the operational concept of moving stock to sidings which have limited storage capacity.

And if you're looking for a blueprint track layout - both Kato and Micro-Trains have trackplans online showing you how to build a Timesaver (or even a double Timesaver in the case of Kato) with their range of N and Z scale track. In essence, it shouldn't be too hard to adapt these if your trackwork of choice is not made by either of these manufacturers.



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Last revised: 03/JAN/2017