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Posted in Information Request by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 12:25:45 AST.)

INFO REQUEST: Arbegust Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad (Louisville, KY)

After putting out a request for more information on the Philip Morris Cigarette Plant, Chris Broughton put me in touch with Bob Dawson, who is a local historian in the Louisville (KY) area. Bob provided a few details that helped me track down some other sources of information, and he also introduced me to the Arbegust Branch of the...

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TAGS: USA (States): Kentucky, American Railways: Pennsylvania Railroad, Articles: Railway You Can Model



Posted in Resources by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, January 28, 2022 at 19:38:04 AST.)

RESOURCES: Some Good SHortline, Industrial & Terminal Railroads

Years ago, Model Railroader used to have special features titled "Railroads You Can Model." They were very popular articles that covered Class 1 to Class 3 railroads, but the series ended for whatever reason. I joined forces with Mike Kieran, and we are hoping to bring back that approach to our hobby, so we created a Facebook group call "Some Good SHortline, Industrial & Terminal Railroads."

We are trying to consolidate modeling information into one group so that we can make it easier to gather and share information. Many of the short lines that we will discuss have no, or very little information out there, but we will also discuss modeling freelanced short lines and their inspiration.

Our main focus are class 3 short lines with a information on traffic served. How much traffic? What kinds of freight cars. What did the industries do? We also want to know the railroad's history. How did the railroad come to be. Why did it shut down? In short, we are planning to go in depth about obscure and interesting operations, both past and present.

Eventually, that information will be made part of my blog, once enough background information has been collected. If you want to be part of the process, or contribute to this interesting project, please join our public Facebook group.

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LINK: Some Good SHortline, Industrial & Terminal Railroads

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Posted in Commentary by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:55:11 AST.)

COMMENTARY: Pizza Thursday?

Pizza? It comes in a lot of different styles ... fits a lot of different tastes ... but we all have to make a choice when ordering one ... green peppers? Anchovies?? Extra cheese??? Thick crust???? The list is endless ... hundreds of combinations ... each one tailored to make that one pizza the best choice for us. But one thing most will probably...

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Posted in Layout Tours by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, January 24, 2022 at 11:02:00 AST.)

LAYOUT TOUR: Aaron Riley's Metra Service Centre Layout

Here is a link to Aaron Riley's adaption of my HO-scale design for a Railcar / Locomotive Maintenance Centre done in March of 2020. The story of the layout is done in a few parts (links at bottom of page) by site owner, Andrew Martin. It is so wonderful seeing this design coming to life.

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LINK: Aaron Riley's Metra Service Centre Layout

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TAGS: Types of Industries: Railcar / Locomotive Maintenance Centre



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 16:46:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Railcar & Loco Maintenance Centre

This is one of those designs that took a twisted route to get from here to there. When originally contacted, my client was looking for a HO-scale layout that included a small yard and a station where he could stage his CN, VIA, and GO locomotives, with some limited switching thrown into the mix. He also wanted to provide allowances for...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Canada (Provinces): Ontario, Types of Industries: Railcar / Locomotive Maintenance Centre



Posted in Industry Database by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7:12:00 AST.)

INDUSTRY DATABASE: Sunrise Baking & Milling Company (HO scale)

While working on a track plan for a client, I stumbled upon this little gem for a bakery complex. Modeling single industries has become an increasingly popular theme for modern-day industrial switching layouts (ISLs), but back in the day, it was very common for layouts designers to stuff as much track into a space as possible, sometimes not even...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Bakeries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, January 21, 2022 at 23:15:55 AST.)

HO SCALE: Weston (End of Prairie Branch Line)

This started as a simple Inglenook plan, but as I added more structures, I could see that I needed more track to get the industries I wanted in the design. I was hoping to include as many car types as possible to make operations a bit more varied. As it is now, there are options for grain cars, box cars, flats, gondolas, tank, hoppers, reefers, and...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Inglenook, Type: No Run-Around Track, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 22:40:19 AST.)

HO SCALE: Hammond Plains

You might be surprised to know that this track plan actually started as a switching puzzle in the December 1989 issue of Model Railroader (Coal Caper at Coal Canon by Eugene W. Browning). My client really liked the moves needed to switch the town, and wanted to use it as the basis for prototypical small town switching layout. We swapped out a few of the...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 9:13:49 AST.)

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...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 8:49:20 AST.)

HO SCALE: 22nd Avenue Warehouse & Freight District

I recently started going through my old 3PI layout files, and I remembered this design as soon as I opened the file. I played with this for fun back in 2000 and it was my adaption of a track plan that I found online. The original design was for a 1-foot by 4-foot space, and used a track arrangement very close to...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Car Float, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): New York

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