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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:22:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Small Engine Terminal

Back in February of 2016, I was asked to design a small engine terminal in On30. The space was only 12" x 72", but I was able to come up with a workable plan based on a inglenook design. The owner was looking to build his very first On30 layout, and he only had very limited shelf space available.

Although my client wanted something that had some switching potential, he also realized that operations would be limited to mostly switching a few cars back and forth. He was more interested in getting the chance to build a layout, and detail a scene. He thought that having some operating possibilities would keep it a bit more interesting than just a static display.

Knowing he wanted a free-lance small engine house, storage sheds, car repair, etc. my design depicted a small engine terminal. Obviously the scene had to be kept simple, but I also wanted it to be interesting, while offering some modeling challenges. Of course operations were limited, but that was the trade off in a small space. I also designed the module so it could easily be added to a bigger layout eventually.

Track Plan:

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Overall 3D Renderings:

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Close-Up 3D Renderings:

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TAGS: Design Feature: 2 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Theme: Engine Terminals, Design Feature: Inglenook, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track


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