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Posted in Structure Plans by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:03:00 AST.)

STRUCTURE PLAN: Lineside Shed (Small)

At one time, small lineside sheds like this could be found everywhere since it is a very simple structure that would be common to many railways. Even today, if properly weathered to a dilapidated condition, it could still find a home on a modern layout. It could be used for a small section house or yard office, a tool shed, and even a hard cart...

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TAGS: Structure Plans: Small Sheds / Buildings



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 8:55:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: 4' x 8' Branchline with Intetchange

This layout was designed back in February of 2014 for a client who wanted a layout done on a standard sheet of 4x8 plywood. I was surprised when he said that he wanted to focus more on operations than running a train around a loop. He was also quite adamant that he didn't want any grades, water or bridges. My first step was to look online for some other...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway



Posted in Resources by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 8:47:00 AST.)

RESOURCE: Get Maps / topoView

I want to make you aware of a resource I have been using to do some preliminary research on US rail lines for the last few years. It is called Get Maps / topoView, and is a service that lets you explore historical topographical maps in the US. (Link included below or click on the image.). To start, you just type in the location and state abbreviation in the search bar at top right. Once the software finds your location, the viewer will show all maps available. You can narrow your choices down by scale (I find the 1:24,000 topo maps the most useful) and the timeframe you want. Once you see the map you want on the list, select it and download it to your computer. (You must download the maps to see the rail lines. The map on screen is just the index map.) The best choice for download is the GeoPDF format (if available), and my next choice would be the GeoTiff. If you just want to do a quick download to see if the map is what you want, use the JPG format.

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Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 8:42:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: How to minimize distractions in your layout room

Good presentation of your layout is a great way to leave a lasting impression on any guests you have over to view or operate your masterpiece. There has been a lot of hobby press highlighting some of the most important things to consider when trying to achieve a finished look and feel of your space, while cutting down on the...

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TAGS: Articles: Room Preparations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 8:31:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Burlington Northern in 3D

This layout was done in October of 2018 for a client that had an entire basement at his disposal, but decide to start small in one corner of his space. He was not very interested in operations, so he just wanted a layout where he could watch trains run through scenery and over a few bridges. I added a coal mine and wood chip loader to offer...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Mainline Trains, Theme: Scenic (Bridges), USA (Regions): Northwest , American Railways: Burlington Northern



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 15:55:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: New Minas (in 4 square feet)

This was one of my entries in a design challenge that was hosted on a Facebook group where I am a member. The challenge was to create a prototypical HO standard gauge micro layout in only 4-square feet. The admin of the group was looking for American prototypes, but being from Canada, I decide to enter my Canadian version of the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Drop Down, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Dominion Atlantic Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 15:30:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National Ry (Kensington Sub)

This HO-scale layout was done for a friend of mine back in 2016. The design was to occupy an L-shape space of 8'0" by 12'6", with 16" wide shelves and using a minimum radius of 24". The layout is based on Canadian National's Kinsington Subdivision on Prince Edward Island in the 1980s. Power is provided by a single...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Canada (Provinces): Prince Edward Island, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 14:30:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: East Tennessee & Western North Carolina

Back in November of 2018, I was asked by a client to design a proto-freelanced single station layout based on the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina or Linville River Railway set in the 1920s. It was to be done in On30 scale with a footprint of 12"x96", and would also include a 30" long staging cassette...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 12:52:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sydport Industrial Park

Back in March of 2018, I offered another member of Facebook group that I belong to some ideas for his modest shelf space. He was very interested to see what I could come up with for his 15" x 9' space, and the result was this design for a standalone industrial park layout. I liked track plan so much that I decided to mock it up...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 12:24:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Terminal & Tidewater Switching

I started this more or less for fun back in February of 2018, just to see what I could do. It was inspired by an article in the September 1947 issue of The Model Railroader. ["Terminal and Tidewater Switching Facilities Give This Layout an Interesting Touch" by Charles Small. MR, Sept., 1947, page 725.] While the article...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront

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