Blog

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 13:23:00 ADT.)

On30: Arizona Mineral Belt

I was asked by a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group to design a layout for a western US mining railroad with lots of switching in On30, and this is the result. The owner of the layout is actually a very accomplished layout designer, and he just wanted a fresh pair of eyes to see what could be done with the theme in his space. Since I...

2020.03.08H-001.gif (23459 bytes)

Views: 24 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Arizona



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 12:56:00 ADT.)

HOn30 SCALE: The Island of Misfit Trains

This 2x7-foot transitional era HOn30 layout was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group using Atlas code 80 turnouts and flex track. The owner dubbed the layout the mythical "Island of Misfit Trains" which would focus on the beer brewing industry on the shores of Lake Michigan. The owner wanted a hops farm, a wharf...

2020.03.08G-001.gif (32135 bytes)

Views: 20 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): Michigan, Types of Industries: Breweries, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 11:41:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Milwaukee Road Beer Line

This design was originally done in April of 2018 for a 4-square foot challenge put forth by the admins of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group. I was asked to redo the design in a larger 12" by 96" space. The layout owner wanted to see an HO-scale switching layout based on the Milwaukee Road Beer Line, and set in the transition...

2020.03.08F-001.gif (15078 bytes)

Views: 45 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Drop Down, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Milwaukee, Types of Industries: Breweries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 11:12:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: International Pulp and Paper Company

This design was done for a client back in March of 2019 that liked the paper mill I used on my Great Lakes & New England Ry design which was actually taken from another layout that was in progress for yet another client and his Brownville & Ashland Ry (Yes, I do like to recycle my pixels.) This latest client was looking for a single...

2020.03.08E-001.gif (17278 bytes)

Views: 54 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 10:41:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: End of Branchline Station in UK (with staging)

This design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group back in February of 2019. The layout owner wanted an N-scale layout depicting an end of branchline station in a rural/farming location in the UK. He also wanted to include Walther's gravel crushing plant, and a few other structures. Those that I have designed...

2020.03.08D-001.gif (62088 bytes)

Views: 16 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 9:53:00 ADT.)

On30 / On2 / Sn2 SCALE: Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad

Anyone that is familiar with my interests will know that I have a fondness for Maine 2-footers. While the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway is my favourite (and I also have another unfinished design based on that line as well) this design is of the longest 2-footer: the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad (SR&RL). This is another design that...

2020.03.08C-001.gif (206054 bytes)

Views: 20 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Helix, Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Maine 2-Footers, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, USA (States): Maine, American Railways: Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 9:14:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: L-Shaped Modern Industry (ISL)

This was done as part of a challenge on the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group to design a HO-scale layout to fit in a 6'x6' corner. For this attempt, I decide to go with a modern single industry. Although I didn't specify the type of industry depicted, it could easily work for a few types. The plan is self- contained, with a reasonable sized...

2020.03.08B-001.gif (37218 bytes)

Views: 37 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 8:46:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Ingramport (Port City on the Pacific Coast)

Back in March of 2018, I wanted to do a port city with a small piggy back service yard since it was something I didn't see very often on a small layout. I kept the design fairly simple, and it would be pretty straight forward to switch. There is a provision for a connection to staging on the right hand side, and it is pretty much almost require to...

2020.03.08A-001.gif (23719 bytes)

Views: 21 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): Northwest , Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 8:12:54 ADT.)

N SCALE: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR (Humboldt Industrial Park)

This design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group, and is an N-scale version of the Humboldt Industrial Park served by the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR (RBMN) in eastern Pennsylvania. While the industrial park is a fair size, the layout owner was able to narrow his selection of companies down...

2020.02.29B-001.gif (21320 bytes)

Views: 56 | Comments: 2

TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 8:00:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Nova Scotia Railway ( Sydport Industrial Park )

Back in August of 2018, I was looking at building a small HO layout for myself based on an Inglenook design that would keep me occupied switching a few cars around. The layout was only 1' x 6' and would use a hollow core door as the base sitting on a few metal shelf brackets. I planned to put the layout in my spare room, but that changed. (For those that...

2020.03.07D-001.gif (17731 bytes)

Views: 35 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway

BACK12345678910111213141516NEXT