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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:22:00 AST.)

G-SCALE (1:22.5): Riverside Brick & Clay Company

This design was done for a member of a Facebook small layout group, who was trying to decide between a small switching layout in G-scale, or a traction layout done in O-scale. Of course, I like a good challenge, so offer to mock something up in G-scale for him. This was actually my first attempt at designing something in G-scale for...

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TAGS: Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Brick Works



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 10:49:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Vandelay Industries (Single Industry Inglenook)

This HO-scale design was done for a client that wanted a small layout that he could practice his skills on before attempting a larger layout. He wanted a design that included as many aspects of modeling in a small space as I could possibly squeeze in. Initially, he only wanted to use a 12-inch x 60-inch board, but I convinced him to move up...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, January 13, 2020 at 21:13:22 AST.)

ARTICLE: A case study in the minimalist approach

There was some talk on a Facebook group where I am a member about taking a minimalist approach to layout design. I welcomed the debate because it is a trend that I do believe should be followed when designing a layout. As others had mentioned during the discussions, taking a minimalist approach can be very rewarding, if you also take the time...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Escanaba & Lake Superior RR, Articles: Minimalist Approach to Layout Design



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 14:51:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National (Sydney Sub)

This is a small proto-based switching layout designed for a friend of mine back in November of 2014, to fit his 12'6" x 6'0" room. The layout was based on Jefferson which was is located on the Sydney Subdivision of the Canadian National. The time frame was set in the 1980s before the secondary mainline was sold to the Cape Breton...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 13:54:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Snowsheds / Snow Sheds

A snowshed is a long structure built over railway tracks to protect the line from snow-slides and avalanches. They are most common in mountainous regions in areas prone to considerable amounts of sliding snow. Showsheds are also used to prevent accumulations of drifting snow from blocking the line in areas where snow removal is...

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Posted in Custom Logos by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 11:50:00 AST.)

CUSTOM LOGO: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company (The Gisborne Line)

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TAGS: My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 9:57:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Brownville & Ashland Railway

This design was done back in February of 2019 for a client who had plenty of high end custom locos and freight cars that he wanted to showcase on the layout. The layout was to depict a modern day paper mill setting in a remote part of Northern Maine. Boxcars would transport raw pulp wood and bales of recycled scrap paper into the mill...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Drop Down, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Maine, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Railroad Terminology by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 8:26:00 AST.)

GLOSSARY: Doodlebugs

Doodlebugs were self-propelled rail cars used for light capacity passenger and freight duties on branch lines as an alternative to steam power and coaches. The leading benefit of using a doodlebug was the reduction of operating costs associated with providing passenger and mail services to lightly traveled routes. Some small and regional...

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Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 17:39:00 AST.)

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Waybill

This was a first draft of the waybill I planned to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. After looking at a few of prototype waybills appropriate for my early 1900's era, I ended up settling on a version that combined features from a few of them. I was also able to tie these waybills into my traffic generating spread sheet, so the required information would be automatically added. The waybill would then be printed with four waybills per sheet of paper, the cut along the separation lines.

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TAGS: Paperwork: Waybill



Posted in Paperwork Samples by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 16:42:00 AST.)

PAPERWORK SAMPLES: Train Order Form 19

This is a draft copy of the train order I was planning to use on my On30-scale Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company layout. The layout is set in 1916, so "Telegraphic Train Order" is appropriate for the era. Although I am making allowances for having a dispatcher, I really didn't want operations to get that involved. I have been searching for a simpler method to dispatch trains, but I am not having much luck.

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TAGS: Paperwork: Train Order

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