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Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 17:39:00 AST.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Waybill

This was a first draft of the waybill I planned to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. After looking at a few of prototype waybills appropriate for my early 1900's era, I ended up settling on a version that combined features from a few of them. I was also able to tie these waybills into my traffic generating spread sheet, so the required information would be automatically added. The waybill would then be printed with four waybills per sheet of paper, the cut along the separation lines.

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Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 16:42:00 AST.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Train Order Form 19

This is a draft copy of the train order I was planning to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. The layout is set in 1916, so "Telegraphic Train Order" is appropriate for the era. Although I am making allowances for having a dispatcher, I really didn't want operations to get that involved. I have been searching for a simpler method to dispatch trains, but I am not having much luck.

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

Saturday, January 04, 2020

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Waybill

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

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

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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: Urban Scenery, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, 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.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, 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.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

CUSTOM LOGO: Nova Scotia Railway

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

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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.)

Saturday, January 04, 2020

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, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, 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 15:30:00 AST.)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

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: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, 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.)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

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: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, 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.)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

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

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