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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 17:58:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: High Park Industrial Lead (ISL)

This is a very simple modern industrial switching layout (ISL) that I designed back in 2007 to fit a 15-inch by 10-foot space. I can't remember if I designed this for someone, or if I was trying to adapting a track plan to fit space that I had available. I was living in a small apartment then, and I was designing a lot of small...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:53:52 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pennsylvania Shortline Terminal

This design request came from a member of a Facebook group that I belong to, that wanted to expand his current 15" x 48" micro by another 48". This all ready built micro, depicted the terminus of a tiny Pennsylvania shortline. The railroad connects this currently unnamed small agricultural town with a Reading or Pennsy...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Pennsylvania



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:59:07 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Almanor Railroad (Collins Pine Company)

For the last few years, I have taken a keen interest in finding small railway lines that would make a great subject for an "achievable layout" which is a term coined by Trevor Marshall. I honestly believe that these practical and doable layouts are the future direction of layout planning and building, and I am always interested in learning about...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): California, American Railways: Almanor Railroad (Collins Pine Company)



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 16:11:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: Florida East Coast Railway (Fort Pierce, FL)

This N-scale design was done for client who wanted to duplicate yard operations in Fort Pierce (FL) on the Florida East Coast Railway. I knew from the beginning that even small yards tend to get visually boring, and looking at the area in street view, I was kind of disappoint with how barren the real yard looks. It wasn't until...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Yard Operations, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Flordia, American Railways: Florida East Coast Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 14:56:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Tallulah Falls Railway (Cornelia, GA, to Franklin, NC)

Back in October of 2014, I was asked by a member of a railway forum to help design a big basement layout based in the Tallulah Falls Railway in HO scale. The railway ran from Cornelia, GA, where it interchanged with the Southern Ry, to Franklin, NC. At first, the owner just wanted to model the line from Cornelia to...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Large Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Georgia, USA (States): North Carolina, American Railways: Tallulah Falls Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 14:19:37 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pence Junction (Single Station Design)

This design was done for a client back in August of 2017, but I just recently got around to adding the 3D work. The client had a 2-foot by 12-foot space available on his shelf layout and wanted me to come up with a design for an interchange with another railway. The layout is set in the transition period, and it was left to me...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:25:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Juniper & Alamosa Valley Railway

This is a plan for a single station 2½-foot by 12-foot module in On30 with a western theme that I designed back in 2014 for myself. The hardest part was fitting in the 15-inch turntable required to turn the locomotives (a D&RGW K-28 is shown on the plan). After placing the turntable and the station, I then squeezed...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): Southwest



Posted in Prototype Information by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 17:07:00 ADT.)

PROTOTYPE INFO: Superelevation applied to horizontal curves

Whenever a train rounds a curve, two forces come into play. The first is the mass (weight) of the train, which applies a downward force to the rails. The second is the pull of centrifugal force caused by the train's tendency to want to travel in a straight line. This outward force must be resisted by the track, and force the train to turn. The combination of the downward force of weight...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:34:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Cat Mountain Line

These two 2'x4' On30 portable modules were done for a client's freelanced Cat Mountain Line. The narrow gauge railway runs from a small seaport out into the mountains to a mine in the pacific northwest sometime between 1930 and 1950. My client wanted the layout to include a pier, single track car ferry, mine, simple...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Modular Benchwork, Design Feature: Switch-Back, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Waterfront, Type: No Run-Around Track, Types of Industries: Coal Mines, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:46:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Santa Fe (San Jacinto District)

This design is based on AT&SF's San Jacinto District, but by no means it is meant to be a match for the line. I have been aware of this branch line since reading "The San Jacinto District: An HO switching railroad for a 9 x 12-foot room," by Andy Sperandeo in Model Railroader [February 1980, page 107]. There have also been many...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): California, American Railways: Santa Fe

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