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Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:49:00 AST.)

CUSTOM LOGO: Nova Scotia Railway

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TAGS: My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



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

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 Structure Plans by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 9:03:00 AST.)

STRUCTURE PLAN: Lineside Shed (Small)

At one time, small lineside sheds like this could be found everywhere since it is a very simple structure that would be common to many railways. Even today, if properly weathered to a dilapidated condition, it could still find a home on a modern layout. It could be used for a small section house or yard office, a tool shed, and even a hard cart...

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TAGS: Structure Plans: Small Sheds / Buildings



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

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 11:32:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: NYC Kanawha Branch

This transition era HO scale layout was designed for a client that wanted a proto-freelanced layout based on NYC's Kanawha Branch in West Virginia. My client requested that I include Walther's Diamond Coal mine, and other mining related support industries in the design...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): West Virginia, American Railways: New York Central RR, Types of Industries: Coal Mines



Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 10:49:00 AST.)

CUSTOM LOGO: Chicago, Milwaukee & Northern RR

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