Martin Goodall wrote:you could always try doing the track design with old-fashioned hand drawing methods - it would probably be quicker when you take into account the amount of time you would spend learning how to use Templot. See the article I wrote on the subject in MRJ No.71, if you want to see how to calculate and plot the curves, crossing angles, etc.
I think not. You could learn the basics of Templot in little more time than it would take you to sharpen your pencil.
If you are going to "calculate and plot the curves, crossing angles, etc." manually, you could have an entire branch terminus designed in Templot before you have created one turnout that way.
Here's a simple beginner's tutorial for Templot, written by Templot user Allan Ferguson. It creates a simple "shunting plank" layout -- to follow this in Templot takes about 5 minutes:
http://85a.co.uk/getting_started_with_t ... _ferguson/