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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:44:00 AST.)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

HO SCALE: Sacramento Northern

This design was done for a client back in May of 2018 who wanted an HO-scale layout to fit in his spare bedroom plus it's closet space. The layout was to be set in northern California sometime during the fall in the 1930s. Since this was my client's first room-sized layout, he didn't really want anything too complex, but he did...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Car Float, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): California, American Railways: Sacramento Northern



Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:38:00 AST.)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

CUSTOM LOGO: Prince Edward Island Railway

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:22:00 AST.)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

On30 SCALE: Small Engine Terminal

Back in February of 2016, I was asked to design a small engine terminal in On30. The space was only 12" x 72", but I was able to come up with a workable plan based on a inglenook design. The owner was looking to build his very first On30 layout, and he only had very limited shelf space available. Although my client wanted something that...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Engine Terminals, Type: 2 Turnout Layout, Type: Beginner Layout, Type: Inglenook, Type: No Run-Around Track



Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 5:13:00 AST.)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

CUSTOM LOGO: New Brunswick Railway

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:04:00 AST.)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

HO SCALE: Stewartstown RR (Stewartstown, PA, circa 1966)

A member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group asked me to do a layout based on Stewartstown, PA in HO scale. The reference material for this layout came from an article which appeared in Model Railroader ["A Railroad You can Model: Stewartstown RR," October 1966, pg 50.] The layout era is circa 1966, and of course I had to take...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Stewartstown RR



Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 11:12:00 AST.)

Sunday, February 09, 2020

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Time Table

This is a draft copy of the Time Table I plan to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. It actually took me a while to come up with a working version of this, and my original version had eight daily trains (four in each direction) to handle the daily traffic load. I used the operating mode of 3rd PlanIt to...

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TAGS: Paperwork: Time Table



Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 09, 2020 at 10:58:00 AST.)

Sunday, February 09, 2020

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Switchlist

This is a first draft of the switchlist I plan to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. I looked at several prototype swicthlists from my early 1900's era and ended up combining features from a few of them to produce my version. Once waybills are printed from my traffic generating spread sheet, I will hand write the needed information...

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TAGS: Paperwork: Switch List



Posted in Structure Plans by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 11:21:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 06, 2020

STRUCTURE PLAN: Small 1-Stall Engine House (24x60-feet with a 10x38-foot addition)

I needed a small 1-stall engine house for a layout, but couldn't find an appropriate structure in my library files, so I decide to design one. I wanted a building that appeared to be an updated version of an older structure that was originally built on a stone foundation. The main building measures 24x60-feet, and a newer 10x38-foot addition...

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TAGS: Structure Plans: Engine Houses



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 7:21:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 06, 2020

GLOSSARY: Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)

The Official Railway Equipment Register is the standard reference for the rail transportation industry. It is published quarterly (January, April, July and October) and provides freight car information for most railroads and private car owners in service on the railways in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The book includes a complete listing of railcar number series, reporting marks, car ownership information, AAR car type code, dimensions (inside and out, width and height)...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 05, 2020 at 12:24:39 AST.)

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

HO SCALE: Saint Boncathe (Single Station Design)

This HO-scale design was done for a client back in 2018, and it is a modified version of another layout design that I had designed and posted to a model railroading forum. The owner was looking for a redesign of one of his towns on an existing layout, so the benchwork was already in place. This represents a single station design and the premise is a fictional mill town...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 20:08:00 AST.)

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

ARTICLE: My Layout Design Philosophy

Whenever I'm designing a track plan for myself, I always keep an open mind and I'm willing to explore all options. I am not opposed to using anything in a design that will allow me to get the most out of the space I have available. Although I like to keep a layout easy to build, I am not opposed to using multiple deck options or other creative...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 14:10:41 AST.)

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

ARTICLE: Duplicating prototypical track work as a small end-of-line station

This design was just completed for a member of a the Railroad Line Forums, who was looking for some inspiration for a small layout project he was considering. The design depicts the small rural station of Werley (WI) on the Chicago & North Western RR's "Dinky Line". Although the diagram below is not entirely accurate, it is a simple rendition of the...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Chicago & North Western RR, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 12:17:00 AST.)

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

GLOSSARY: Spur Track (Commonly called a Spur)

Although the use and definition of the term "spur track" varies from railway to railway, and from era to era, I think there is some commonality that allows for a general explanation of what a spur track is, and more importantly, what is it not. The diagram included below offers some insight into my interpretation. As you can see in the diagram...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 20:11:24 AST.)

Monday, February 03, 2020

HO SCALE: Sweeney Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

Along with posting my track plans to this blog, I am also going thru my old structure files and trying to upgrade them to my current standards. This morning I found an old file that contained some rough measurement for a brick building that would make a good 1950's era factory or manufacturing company. The 2-story building measures 24-feet by 72-feet and...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Drop Down, Theme: Single Industry, Type: 1 Turnout Layout, Type: Beginner Layout, Type: No Run-Around Track, Type: Tuning Fork, Types of Industries: Factories



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 13:12:00 AST.)

Monday, February 03, 2020

GLOSSARY: Drawbar Horsepower

The total horsepower of a locomotive less the amount of horsepower that it takes to move the locomotive itself. The balance is called the drawbar horsepower which is the power available to pull a train, and takes into account all parasitic losses in the gear train, tire slip, friction in wheel bearings, accessory loads, etc.

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