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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 14:57:10 ADT.)

HO SCALE: 22nd Avenue Warehouse & Freight District

I recently started going through my old 3PI layout files, and I remembered this design as soon as I opened the file. I played with this for fun back in 2000 and it was my adaption of a track plan that I found online. The original design was for a 1-foot by 4-foot space, and used a track arrangement very close to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Car Float, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): New York



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, July 04, 2020 at 14:35:53 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Iota (Extended)

This was done on a special request from the late Jack Shortliner who wanted to see what I could do on an "extended" Iota design. Iota was originally built in HO scale on a 17" x 56" board, and was meant to represent an end-of-the-line station on a short line railway. I lengthened the board another 16"...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): Mid-West



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 6:48:04 ADT.)

ARTICLE: The Sissiboo Pulp & Paper Mill (Getting the most out of your small space)

This article is more about getting the most out of the space you have available than it is about modeling a pulp and paper mill. I just used a paper mill as an example of how an industry that covers a great deal of real estate in the 1:1 world can be shoe-horned into a reasonably sized footprint. However, to attain my goals for this project I had...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:37:48 ADT.)

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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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:21:24 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Ingramport (Port City on the Pacific Coast)

Back in March of 2018, I wanted to do a port city with a small piggy back service yard since it was something I didn't see very often on a small layout. I kept the design fairly simple, and it would be pretty straight forward to switch. There is a provision for a connection to staging on the right hand side, and it is pretty much almost require to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): Northwest , Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:21:21 ADT.)

N SCALE: North Kensington

I was asked by a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts to do a single town scene in N-scale on a hollow core door. However, by the time I had finally gotten around to designing the layout, the member had left the group, so I never made contact again. I decided to go ahead with the design anyway, but I didn't put as much detail or effort into...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 16:24:00 ADT.)

ROLLING STOCK: American Locomotive Company (ALCo) RS-1

By far, one of my all time favourite diesel models is the RS-1 built by ALCO, and I have also always loved Canadian National Railways' (CNR) old green and yellow livery, along with a green and yellow paint scheme used on the DEVCO Railway that once operated near my home on Cape Breton Island. I did a few layout designs for branch line operations in the late 60's/early 70's in Nova Scotia, and I knew if I ever built such a layout, it would be home to RS-1's in a CNR inspired paint scheme. For now, I am content to build in the virtual world, and have finally added an RS-1 to my library files for 3rd PlanIt. I'm sure it will be showing up on some future designs.

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TAGS: My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 12, 2020 at 14:09:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Northside Industrial Park

I just finished this for a client who wanted a small generic industrial switching layout (ISL) with a 6-foot staging cassette attached to the right end. His list of Givens & Druthers included: enough operation to keep a switching crew busy for about 45 minutes in a modern, industrial setting with lots of chain link fencing; two medium sized...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District



Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:58:00 ADT.)

ROLLING STOCK: Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) M420

After seeing Rapido's up-coming production of HO-scale MLW's M420s (link), I knew that I eventually would want one. I spent many days back in the late 80s/early 90s watching these locomotives on Canadian National's Sydney sub, and they quickly became a favourite of mine. Since I'm starting to revamp some of my rolling stock, I decided to do up an M420 in my fictional Nova Scotia Railway livery. I have a few layout designs on the go that will be based on a modern era version of this freelance railway and I knew that ex-CN units would likely be on the roster.

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TAGS: My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:02:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Great Divide Railway & Mining Company

I spent the last few weeks designing this layout for a client that wanted to model a freelanced iron-ore hauling railway in Australia. The total length of the fictional line would be roughly 90kms from the coastal port to the ore concentrator located in the mountains, and would be based loosely on the Western Australia Pilbara operation...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Scenic (Bridges), Other: Australia, Types of Industries: Ore Concentrator

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