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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 16:46:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Railcar & Loco Maintenance Centre

This is one of those designs that took a twisted route to get from here to there. When originally contacted, my client was looking for a HO-scale layout that included a small yard and a station where he could stage his CN, VIA, and GO locomotives, with some limited switching thrown into the mix. He also wanted to provide allowances for...

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Posted in Information Request by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 15:02:11 AST.)

INFO REQUEST: Arbegust Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad (Louisville, KY)

After putting out a request for more information on the Philip Morris Cigarette Plant, Chris Broughton put me in touch with Bob Dawson, who is a local historian in the Louisville (KY) area. Bob provided a few details that helped me track down some other sources of information, and he also introduced me to the Arbegust Branch of the...

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Posted in Industry Database by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7:12:00 AST.)

INDUSTRY DATABASE: Sunrise Baking & Milling Company (HO scale)

While working on a track plan for a client, I stumbled upon this little gem for a bakery complex. Modeling single industries has become an increasingly popular theme for modern-day industrial switching layouts (ISLs), but back in the day, it was very common for layouts designers to stuff as much track into a space as possible, sometimes not even...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, January 21, 2022 at 23:15:55 AST.)

HO SCALE: Weston (End of Prairie Branch Line)

This started as a simple Inglenook plan, but as I added more structures, I could see that I needed more track to get the industries I wanted in the design. I was hoping to include as many car types as possible to make operations a bit more varied. As it is now, there are options for grain cars, box cars, flats, gondolas, tank, hoppers, reefers, and...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Inglenook, Type: No Run-Around Track, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Industry Database by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 17:44:59 AST.)

INDUSTRY: Fertilizer Dealer/Plant (Marco NPK, Clinton, IL, USA)

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Posted in Information Request by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 20:24:44 AST.)

INFO REQUEST: Philip Morris Cigarette Plant (Louisville, KY)

I am looking for more information on the Philip Morris Cigarette Plant near 18th and Broadway in Louisville, KY. The interesting track work and switching at the site was brought to my attention by Chris Broughton, who is a member of the JoMRD Facebook group. He suggested the plant would make a great single industry to model, and I quite agree.

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 22:40:19 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: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 22:08:31 AST.)

HO SCALE: Mohawk & Adirondack RR (End of Branch Line Mill Town)

This 12-inch by 84-inch HO-scale layout was done for a client's freelanced Mohawk & Adirondack RR. The owner wanted a layout based on a branch line terminal located in New York State circa 1943 or 1944. He wanted the mini to include a creamery, a produce warehouse, a textile mill, a small freight house...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (States): New York



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:13:49 AST.)

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



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 23:25:15 AST.)

ARTICLE: A case study in the minimalist approach

There was some talk on a Facebook group where I am a member about taking a minimalist approach to layout design. I welcomed the debate because it is a trend that I do believe should be followed when designing a layout. As others had mentioned during the discussions, taking a minimalist approach can be very rewarding, if you also take the time...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Type: No Run-Around Track, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Escanaba & Lake Superior RR, Articles: Minimalist Approach to Layout Design

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