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Posted in Layout Designs by Robert Chant. (Updated Monday, February 17, 2020 at 20:22:53 AST.)

N SCALE: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

This layout was done back in 2000 for a client that was quite a railfan, and I just recently updated the design with some roughed in 3D scenery. The owner of the layout loved watching and taking photos of trains, especially those running through some of the most beautiful scenery along the Bras d'Or Lakes on Cape Island....

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Posted in Paperwork Samples by Robert Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 11:12:00 AST.)

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Time Table

This is a draft copy of the Time Table I plan to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. It actually took me a while to come up with a working version of this, and my original version had eight daily trains (four in each direction) to handle the daily traffic load. I used the operating mode of 3rd PlanIt to...

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TAGS: Paperwork: Time Table



Posted in Paperwork Samples by Robert Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 10:58:00 AST.)

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Switchlist

This is a first draft of the switchlist I plan to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. I looked at several prototype swicthlists from my early 1900's era and ended up combining features from a few of them to produce my version. Once waybills are printed from my traffic generating spread sheet, I will hand write the needed information...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Robert Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 20:27:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Walnut Grove (End of Line Station)

I just completed this design for a client today (Saturday, February 8, 2020). The 2x8-foot HO-scale layout depicts an end of line station during the transition era. The owner wanted a small service area for locomotives that included an engine shed, an overhead crane, a sand house and a coaling tower. Although he doesn't plan to run steam on the layout...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Design Feature: Drop Down, Theme: End of Branch Line, Type: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Types of Industries: Livestock Pens, Types of Industries: Oil Depot



Posted in Articles by Robert Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 16:32:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Making Reasonable Choices and Compromises

Anyone that has worked with me in the past will hopefully realize that I am not one to impose my views on another modeler. Your aims and goals in the hobby are no doubt different than mine, and I don't think anyone has the right to deter either of us from our chosen path. I have always been more of a "present me with the facts and I will make...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Robert Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 7:53:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Dog Central Railway

I designed this for a client way back in August of 2000. Back then I wasn't doing a lot of 3D work, so the layout had to wait 20 years for me to finish it. At the time, the owner wanted a layout depicting a Canadian prairie setting, and wanted to run both diesel and steam. Although meant to be purely fictional, his premise was based on the Prairie Dog Central...

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Posted in My Projects by Robert Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 21:28:03 AST.)

PROJECT: On30 SCALE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company

I had a few inquires about the status of my Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company retirement layout, and a few other people asked for an update on the project. I currently have about 75% of all the materials needed to build the triple-deck design. I had to import almost everything from the US, and with the weak exchange rate, I already...

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TAGS: Type: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Design Feature: Train Elevator, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, Types of Industries: Coal Mines, Types of Industries: Coal Yards, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Structure Plans by Robert Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 11:21:00 AST.)

STRUCTURE PLAN: Small 1-Stall Engine House (24x60-feet with a 10x38-foot addition)

I needed a small 1-stall engine house for a layout, but couldn't find an appropriate structure in my library files, so I decide to design one. I wanted a building that appeared to be an updated version of an older structure that was originally built on a stone foundation. The main building measures 24x60-feet, and a newer 10x38-foot addition...

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Posted in Railroad Terminology by Robert Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 7:21:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)

The Official Railway Equipment Register is the standard reference for the rail transportation industry. It is published quarterly (January, April, July and October) and provides freight car information for most railroads and private car owners in service on the railways in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The book includes a complete listing of railcar number series, reporting marks, car ownership information, AAR car type code, dimensions (inside and out, width and height)...

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Posted in Resources by Robert Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 6:35:23 AST.)

RESOURCE: Trainiax

If anyone needs to test their freelance paint schemes on diesel locomotives, you can download drawings from the link I listed below or click on the image. The images included with this posting are from my own testing of a paint job that I developed for my fictitious Nova Scotia Railway. At the moment, I am contemplating whether to do an HO-scale switching layout based on this proto-freelance line, or to build an On30 layout based on a local coal-hauler that operated in the late 1800's.

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LINK: Trainiax

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