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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 07, 2021 at 11:56:45 AST.)

HO SCALE: Lockport Industrial (in 4 square feet)

Back in May of 2018, I was asked to design a micro urban industrial switching layout set in the transition era. The client also sent a track plan for a waterfront scene that he liked (I did as well), and wanted it used as the basis for the design that he wished to be mocked up in 3D. I assumed the track plan was from a British source, since it used a...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 3 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Drop Down, Design Feature: Fiddle Track, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, Theme: Urban Industrial Railway, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 20:16:54 AST.)

HO SCALE: Penn Central

The owner of this layout had a dormant model railroad in his basement that he started in the early to mid-1990's. He felt the space could be better used, and decided to start over from scratch if he could find a track plan that he liked. The space was quite long at 22½-feet with a 12½-foot height at the widest end, but it also had to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Mainline Trains, USA (States): New York, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Penn Central



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 20:01:56 AST.)

HO SCALE: Hammond Plains

You might be surprised to know that this track plan actually started as a switching puzzle in the December 1989 issue of Model Railroader (Coal Caper at Coal Canon by Eugene W. Browning). My client really liked the moves needed to switch the town, and wanted to use it as the basis for prototypical small town switching layout. We swapped out a few of the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 13:14:37 AST.)

HO SCALE: Armadillo Lumber Company

This 1920 era HO scale layout was designed for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group and his freelanced Armadillo Lumber Company set in east Texas. The owner only wanted the layout to include a sawmill with log pond and a engine repair house. However, as you can see, I kind of expanded a bit on the theme. Since I have...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Texas, Types of Industries: Sawmills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 13:05:39 AST.)

HO SCALE: Mountenay Manufacturing Company

This is a HO-scale industrial complex that I just completed for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts in a 40x50-inch foot print. The track plan really had an easy button on it since I have done a few "industries in a corner" in the past. It was actually inspired by a modified and flipped version of a manufacturing company I did...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Manufacturing Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 13:03:30 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sweet Tooth Bakery & Milling Co

This is an HO Scale track plan I did for a client back in October of 2020. The footprint is 14x72 inches and the owner wanted a single industry layout with as many car spots as possible. He left the choice of the industry up to me, but he wanted to shuffle around covered hoppers and box cars, and possibly tank cars. I decided on depicting a...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Bakeries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 15, 2021 at 19:04:45 AST.)

HO SCALE: Hamilton Feeds (Hamilton, MI)

This is a layout based on an actually prototype industry located in the small town of Hamilton, Michigan. It was Marshall Stull (owner of the Small Model Railroads website) that brought the site to my attention. He thought it would make a nice prototype based small layout, and wanted to see what I could do with it.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Michigan, American Railways: CSX



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 9:24:00 AST.)

S SCALE: Texas & New Orleans Railway (Llano, TX)

This track plan was started back in June of 2020 in Proto:48, but my client decided to change to S-scale in September. The design is based very loosely on Llano, Texas in the 1970s and is meant to be built in two phases. The first phase consists of an L-shaped layout that includes the shelf on the north wall, and just a single switching lead/staging...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Texas, American Railways: Texas & New Orleans Railway



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:52:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Mark Me Up: Layout Planning Based On Operating Experience, by Mat Thompson

[This article by Mat Thompson was first published in The Newsletter of the Potomac Division February-March 2021 issue and was used with permission.~RAC] I plan to build a small HO scale switching layout. The available space is 11 ½' by 2½' above my work bench. My two goals are to have a well-modeled layout and a good track...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4:20:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sterling Warehouse District

This was an interesting small HO scale layout to design, and offered a bit of a challenge. My client wanted to depict a warehouse district in his 18x72-inch space, and wanted to include a few warehouses with as many car spots as possible. Although he didn't know what types of warehouses that would be included, he was only looking to use box cars...

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

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