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Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:44:00 AST.)

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Waybill

A sample of a waybill used during an op-session on a model railroad layout.

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TAGS: Paperwork: Waybill



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:40:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Code (of Rail)

This is the height of model rail as measured in thousandths of an inch. Therefore, code 83 rail is .083" tall, code 70 rail is .070" tall, and code 55 rail is .055" tall.

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:33:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Redwood Lumber & Timber Co

This layout was originally designed for a client a few years ago. His space was more limited than what I show here, so I reworked the plan to relax the design a bit. For a small layout, it packs a lot of scenic punch. Operations consist of Shays hauling logs from the loading point at Camp #1 down to the sawmill. Non-geared locos then handle the finished lumber from the mill to the wharf for export.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Types of Industries: Logging Camps, Types of Industries: Sawmills



Posted in Structure Plans by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:26:00 AST.)

STRUCTURE PLAN: Lineside Supply Shed

The drawings for this Lineside Supply shed were publish in an article which appeared in the September 1958 issue of Model Railroader written by Jack Work. It was a fantastic article that offered some great tips on how to detail a small scene that included this shed. Sheds like these could find a home on almost any older railway, and in a variety of...

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TAGS: Structure Plans: Small Sheds / Buildings



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:20:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Railroadiana

Just about anything that was ever owned or used by a railway and its employees holds some value for collectors. If the collectable is imprinted or stamped with the railway's markings then it retains even more value. And as with most collectables, the rarer the railway marking, the higher the value placed on the item. These railway collectables and...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:13:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: South Rochester & Eastern RR

This was done for a client who wanted a generic urban switching layout in a New England mill-town setting with just enough action for two operators. He had found a track plan online that he liked, and wanted it adapted for his slightly larger space. His list of Givens & Druthers included several large industries to work, and a minimal of track...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Design Feature: Urban Scenery, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 10:18:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Guysborough & Eastern Shore Railway

This design was done for a client back in August of 2017. The client wanted a single station sea port layout with schooners and steamers. He was mostly interested in passenger traffic, but also wanted a few industries to switch. The design had to fit in a 10'6" x 12'6" room that also had a work bench and he needed lots of room for storage under...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:49:00 AST.)

CUSTOM LOGO: Nova Scotia Railway

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TAGS: My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Rolling Stock by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:36:00 AST.)

ROLLING STOCK: Double-Stack Container Cars

Many times when I am designing a layout, either a structure , or a piece of rolling stock or equipment may not be found in the standard library that comes with the software. In those cases, I must also design the missing pieces needed to complete the layout. The task isn't that hard when working from scale drawings, although it can take a few hours to design the object in 3D. Although I don't like to do it since the quality of the results varies greatly, I can also work from photos and try my best guess at dimensions. One of the great features of 3rd PlanIt is that once the item is designed in 3D, the file can also be exported in STL format which is used for 3D printing. So taking the time to build the missing structures when desiging a layout, will allow you to print those structures for use on your finished layout. The images below, are mock-ups of some double-stack container cars needed for a layout that I did for a client back in February of 2018.

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