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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 20, 2023 at 15:26:00 AST.)

Monday, February 20, 2023

N SCALE: New York & Greenwood Lake Railway (Passaic, NJ)

A member of my JoMRD Facebook Group wanted and N-scale layout based on the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway in Passaic, New Jersey to originally fit in a 1x6-foot space. After looking at his list of G&Ds and Google maps, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to squeeze it all in that footprint. After voicing my concerns, the member...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 20, 2023 at 15:13:00 AST.)

Monday, February 20, 2023

HO SCALE: Angel Manufacturing & Fabrication Company (HO Scale)

After John (A member of my JoMRD Facebook page) made a post talking about what could be modeled in a 9x60-inch space, I started wondering myself. Along with his post, John also included a very simplistic track plan and attributed the original design to Bill Livingstone from back in the late 1940s. John also felt that the resulting track plan...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 7:56:00 AST.)

Sunday, February 19, 2023

HO SCALE: Sweet Tooth Bakery & Milling Co

This is an HO Scale track plan I did for a client back in October of 2020. The footprint is 14x72 inches and the owner wanted a single industry layout with as many car spots as possible. He left the choice of the industry up to me, but he wanted to shuffle around covered hoppers and box cars, and possibly tank cars. I decided on depicting a...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Single Industry, Type: No Run-Around Track, Types of Industries: Bakeries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 17, 2023 at 16:25:00 AST.)

Friday, February 17, 2023

HO SCALE: Seaboard Air Line (Paper Mill)

Back in June of 2021, a member of my JoMRD Facebook group requested a paper mill to fit his 13x78 inch space done in HO scale and set in the 1950s to mid-1960s era. I knew from the beginning that the space was not ideal to represent an entire paper mill complex, so I had to choose what I was going to included. In the end, I settled on...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 17, 2023 at 10:20:00 AST.)

Friday, February 17, 2023

On30 SCALE: Bishop Creek & Sierra Railroad

This On30 scale layout was developed for a member of the RR-Line Forums back in 2017. The bench work was already built in the room as a series of modules to make any future moves easier. The track was to be hand-laid with #5 Fast Track turnouts using Micro Engineering code 83 rail. He planned to use an minimum curve radius of 24-inches on the...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:08:00 AST.)

Friday, February 17, 2023

HO SCALE: Silver Star Mining & Railway Company

Simplicity is the first step on the road to believability in layout design, and I feel it is always a good idea to respect the KISS principle, and this design lives up to that principle. This HO scale track plan was done for a client back in February 2008 who wanted to depict an end of line station on an ore mining branch set somewhere in a south...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 17, 2023 at 0:06:00 AST.)

Friday, February 17, 2023

HO SCALE: New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, New Orleans (LA)

This is my take on a track plan for the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board plant in New Orleans (LA) which was posted to my JoMRD Facebook group by Tony Creamer on November 12th. I always wanted to design a layout for an outside corner, since it was a configuration I don't think I have ever used for a layout in the past. The way the...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 23:20:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

HO SCALE: Cass County Railroad in Logansport, Indiana by Tom Johnson

I was asked recently by Tom Johnson to sketch up a track plan for his bedroom-sized Cass County Railroad. The layout depicts the town of Logansport, Indiana during the autumn of 1978, and is built around three walls of his U-shaped 11'4" x 10" x 8' space. Tom used Peco Code 83 track with a minimum radius of 24 inches and #6 turnouts. Staging is...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 22:51:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

HO SCALE: Brattlebridge (End-of-Line Station)

This HO scale prairie branch line track plan was done for a client back in March 2020. He loved my 24x72-inch Falls Creek Siding track plan which I had designed about a year earlier, and he wanted something similar. However, the footprint of his space was only 12x72 inches, so I knew the Falls Creek design was not going to adapt well to his small...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 19:55:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

N SCALE: Whitfield & Northern RR

This N-scale layout was done for a client back in June 2017, who wanted a design loosely based on a track plan for the Ettrick & Northern RR by Gordon Odegard. (It was featured as a 'railroad you can model' in the September 1987 issue of Model Railroad, page 84.) I always like the simplicity of the Gordon's track plan for the E&N RR...

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Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 19:31:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

ARTICLE: Modern-Era Branch Line in a Bedroom

I did this design for a client back in July 2015, and wanted to use it as an example of how to squeeze a modern-day branch line railway into a 12x12-foot bedroom. I have always felt that the best way to do a good job of designing a layout for your space is to keep it simple and not try to squeeze track into every square inch. I have always been of the...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 14:11:00 AST.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

HO SCALE: Backwater River Railway

I am going through some of my old files and unfinished projects that I can update and share on my blog. This simple HO scale layout was done for a client back in March 2020 who originally just wanted an Inglenook inspire track plan that served a grain elevator he had sitting on a shelf along with a few other typical 'small town' industries. With a footprint...

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 22:17:53 AST.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

N SCALE: Lapeer Industrial RR (Lapeer, MI)

A member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group requested an N-scale track plan for the Lapeer Industrial RR located in Lapeer, Michigan to fit his 6-foot long space. Since I was already familiar with the prototype, I knew it wasn't going to be much of a challenge fitting in into that footprint. I had played around with a HO-scale track...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Michigan, American Railways: Lapeer Industrial RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 14:30:05 AST.)

Sunday, February 12, 2023

HO SCALE: Lexington Junction (ISL)

I was contacted by a client back in August 2018, who was looking for my input on a design he was contemplating to fit in his L-shaped space. He also sent along a few concept drawing of what he had planned for his version of the modern industrial switching layout. After looking at his drawings, I thought the space could be better...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 08, 2023 at 11:19:02 AST.)

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

HO SCALE: West 28th Street Erie terminal on Manhattan

Back in February of 2018 I was asked to design a layout based on Baltimore & Ohio's West 26th Street terminal on Manhattan. After completing that track plan, I decided to tackle another similar design. I finally settled on Erie's West 28th Street terminal. The design was a lot more straight forward to duplicate than the B&O one, but of course...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Car Float, Theme: Switching Operations, Theme: Terminal Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): New York, American Railways: Erie RR

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