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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11:42:10 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pel-State Industrial Lead

This modern era design was done for a client who is a professional railroader that wanted a modern era proto-freelance layout based on two industrial spurs in Shreveport, Louisiana where he works. The layout room was 10'6" x 11'6" and had a closet that needed access, but I could use a lift-out across both doorways. There are still a few...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Louisiana



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, August 27, 2021 at 8:46:56 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company (Havenside)

As you probably know, I have a very avid interest in the two-footers of Maine. In fact, I have plans to base my On30-scale layout on look and feeling of those lines. One of the most appealing prototype scenes to me is the waterfront in Wiscasset (ME) on the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington RR (WW&F). Through the year, photos...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, August 06, 2021 at 21:48:49 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Milwaukee Road Beer Line

This design was originally done in April of 2018 for a 4-square foot challenge put forth by the admins of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group. I was asked to redo the design in a larger 12" by 96" space. The layout owner wanted to see an HO-scale switching layout based on the Milwaukee Road Beer Line, and set in the transition...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Drop Down, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Milwaukee, Types of Industries: Breweries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, August 06, 2021 at 21:30:42 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Brewery Complex (in 4 square feet)

This was an entry in a 4-square foot layout design challenge that was held on an online forum where I am a member. The idea was to design a layout with a foot print less that 4-square feet that was a good representation of an American railway. At the time, I had wanted to do a layout featuring a brewery complex for a while...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Drop Down, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Breweries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, July 19, 2021 at 21:08:05 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Rearden Metal Products, Inc

Back in October of 2019, a new member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group shared his first post outlining his plans to enhance his programming track module by including an electric arc furnace steel mill within the 24x72-inch space. I felt member could use the space much better than his concept drawing depicted, so I decided to mock up...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Type: No Run-Around Track, Types of Industries: Steel Mill (Small)



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:04:00 ADT.)

Z SCALE: North-Eastern Industrial RR

This request from a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group actually intrigued me from the first time I read it. He wanted a switching layout done in Z-scale to fit an 18x24-inch footprint. Up until now, I never really never considered Z-scale as being any more than a scale best used for train-running in a small space ...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:33:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Nova Scotia Railway ( Sydport Industrial Park )

This was another attempt from August of 2018 to design a layout based on a small industrial park that is about 40 minutes away from my home. The original plan was to use 1x6-foot board with an Inglenook design, but I expanded that a few times and ended up with the 1x12-foot board used for this design ...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 8:20:00 ADT.)

HOn30 SCALE: Port Haney Brick & Tile Company

Since two member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout group decided to build an HOn30 layout based on my Marble Mountain Quarry design, it was decided that one would stay with the original premise for the layout, and the second modeler would use another theme for his slightly bigger footprint...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Staging Options: Turn Table (Train Length), Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Type: No Run-Around Track, Types of Industries: Brick Works



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 25, 2021 at 13:07:00 ADT.)

OO9 SCALE: World War One Railway (Arras 1917)

Back in May of 2020, a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group was contemplating a World War I layout (titled "Arras 1917") using a modified version of my Marble Mountain Quarry Company track plan. His 11.5" x 28.5" (29cm x 72cm) OO9 scale layout was designed to fit on a shelf in a bookcase, and would depict...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Staging Options: Sector Plate, Theme: Military Railways, Other: France



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:10:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Switching Spur (Dallas, TX)

This track plan was mocked-up back in May of 2020, but back then I didn't have the time to do the 3D work. Over the last year, I have been picking at adding the 3D scenery as time permitted, and I finally got it completed. The prototype for this layout is a group of neat little spurs located on the Dallas, Garland, & Northeastern RR ...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: Switching Operations, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Type: No Run-Around Track, USA (States): Texas, American Railways: Dallas, Garland, & Northeastern RR

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