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

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 12:04:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Sissiboo Lumber & Railway Company

Here is another design for an On30 logging line. This layout was designed for a client back in May of 2017 that was only interested in building dioramas and mini-scenes, so he considered the it to be a non-operating layout. The owner already had a collection of structures to use and wanted a minimum amount of track, but the design had to include...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Types of Industries: Logging Camps, Types of Industries: Sawmills



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 9:23:29 AST.)

ARTICLE: Defining Moments

I have been asked a few times what is the most important element of good layout design, and the very simple answer to that question is knowing what you're most passionate about when it comes to model railroading and use that as the basis of your next modeling project. I'm sure that most of you can look back on at least one "defining moment" when...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 18:24:00 AST.)

N SCALE: Automotive Assembly Plant

I was asked to design an auto assembly plant in N-scale on two L-shaped hollow core doors. Since modeling the auto industry was something totally new to me, I really enjoyed the research needed to make this design work. At the time, I spent a few days researching the topic, and also received some help from the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group. An...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Automotive Assembly Plants



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 17:55:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Lake Superior Railway & Navigation

This modern-day HO scale layout was done for member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group and his Lake Superior Railway & Navigation layout which is based on GN, DM&IR, and SOO on Michigan's upper peninsula. The owner wanted a car float and lumber transfer warehouses included in the design. I also threw in a small grain elevator (which could be bigger)...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Car Float, Staging Options: Drop Down, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Theme: Yard Operations, USA (States): Michigan



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 16:36:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Morrow County Railway

This modern era HO scale switching layout was designed for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts and his freelanced Morrow County Railway set in north central Ohio. The owner wanted the plan to include a grain elevator, a corn syrup facility, and lumber yard. He planned to hand lay his track using Micro Engineering code...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Ohio

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