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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 9:57:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Brownville & Ashland Railway

This design was done back in February of 2019 for a client who had plenty of high end custom locos and freight cars that he wanted to showcase on the layout. The layout was to depict a modern day paper mill setting in a remote part of Northern Maine. Boxcars would transport raw pulp wood and bales of recycled scrap paper into the mill...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Drop Down, Theme: Single Industry, Type: No Run-Around Track, USA (States): Maine, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 8:26:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Doodlebugs

Doodlebugs were self-propelled rail cars used for light capacity passenger and freight duties on branch lines as an alternative to steam power and coaches. The leading benefit of using a doodlebug was the reduction of operating costs associated with providing passenger and mail services to lightly traveled routes. Some small and regional...

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

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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TAGS: Paperwork: Waybill



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

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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TAGS: Paperwork: Train Order



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 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: 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.)

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

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