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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 13:23:00 ADT.)

On30: Arizona Mineral Belt

I was asked by a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group to design a layout for a western US mining railroad with lots of switching in On30, and this is the result. The owner of the layout is actually a very accomplished layout designer, and he just wanted a fresh pair of eyes to see what could be done with the theme in his space. Since I was familiar with some of this designer's past attempts, I wanted to do something different to provide some food for thought.

It took me a while to come up with a simple design that I liked, and although it might not be exactly what the layout owner had in mind, I really love the end results. I decided to go with an end of line branch that featured a large ore mine and crusher as the main focus, but also diversified the traffic from just ore and mining related products by adding a stock pen, bulk oil tanks, and a team track.

I still wanted the plan to look uncrowded as possible to reinforce the open desert feel. I also wanted to add some nice scenery instead of a lot of structures, so I decided to add a dry gulch that cuts thru the scene and a few small hills as well.

Track Plan:

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Overall 3D Renderings:

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Close-Up 3D Renderings:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Arizona

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