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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 20:27:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Walnut Grove (End of Line Station)

I just completed this design for a client today (Saturday, February 8, 2020). The 2x8-foot HO-scale layout depicts an end of line station during the transition era. The owner wanted a small service area for locomotives that included an engine shed, an overhead crane, a sand house and a coaling tower. Although he doesn't plan to run steam on the layout...

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



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 16:32:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Making Reasonable Choices and Compromises

Anyone that has worked with me in the past will hopefully realize that I am not one to impose my views on another modeler. Your aims and goals in the hobby are no doubt different than mine, and I don't think anyone has the right to deter either of us from our chosen path. I have always been more of a "present me with the facts and I will make...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 7:53:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Dog Central Railway

I designed this for a client way back in August of 2000. Back then I wasn't doing a lot of 3D work, so the layout had to wait 20 years for me to finish it. At the time, the owner wanted a layout depicting a Canadian prairie setting, and wanted to run both diesel and steam. Although meant to be purely fictional, his premise was based on the Prairie Dog Central...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Theme: Steam Excursion Trains, Canada (Provinces): Manitoba, Canadian Railways: Prairie Dog Central Railway



Posted in My Projects by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 21:28:03 AST.)

PROJECT: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company

I had a few inquires about the status of my Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company retirement layout, and a few other people asked for an update on the project. I currently have about 75% of all the materials needed to build the triple-deck design. I had to import almost everything from the US, and with the weak exchange rate, I already...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co



Posted in Structure Plans by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 11:21:00 AST.)

STRUCTURE PLAN: Small 1-Stall Engine House (24x60-feet with a 10x38-foot addition)

I needed a small 1-stall engine house for a layout, but couldn't find an appropriate structure in my library files, so I decide to design one. I wanted a building that appeared to be an updated version of an older structure that was originally built on a stone foundation. The main building measures 24x60-feet, and a newer 10x38-foot addition...

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TAGS: Structure Plans: Engine Houses



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 7:21:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)

The Official Railway Equipment Register is the standard reference for the rail transportation industry. It is published quarterly (January, April, July and October) and provides freight car information for most railroads and private car owners in service on the railways in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The book includes a complete listing of railcar number series, reporting marks, car ownership information, AAR car type code, dimensions (inside and out, width and height)...

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Posted in Resources by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 6:35:23 AST.)

RESOURCE: Trainiax

If anyone needs to test their freelance paint schemes on diesel locomotives, you can download drawings from the link I listed below or click on the image. The images included with this posting are from my own testing of a paint job that I developed for my fictitious Nova Scotia Railway. At the moment, I am contemplating whether to do an HO-scale switching layout based on this proto-freelance line, or to build an On30 layout based on a local coal-hauler that operated in the late 1800's.

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LINK: Trainiax

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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 05, 2020 at 12:24:39 AST.)

HO SCALE: Saint Boncathe (Single Station Design)

This HO-scale design was done for a client back in 2018, and it is a modified version of another layout design that I had designed and posted to a model railroading forum. The owner was looking for a redesign of one of his towns on an existing layout, so the benchwork was already in place. This represents a single station design and the premise is a fictional mill town...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 20:34:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Evaluating a Track Plan

One of the usually open discussions on model railroading related forums and groups is the topic of what is involved when planning/designing a new layout, and the steps that must be followed to achieve your desire goals. I think inevitably you will look for a published track plan that closely matches the vision you have for your space, and then you...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 20:08:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: My Layout Design Philosophy

Whenever I'm designing a track plan for myself, I always keep an open mind and I'm willing to explore all options. I am not opposed to using anything in a design that will allow me to get the most out of the space I have available. Although I like to keep a layout easy to build, I am not opposed to using multiple deck options or other creative...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design

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