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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:07:35 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Soo Line Branch Line

Back in July of 2017, a member of a railway forum offered to send me something that I still needed for my On30 layout in exchange for my layout design services. At the time, I had pretty much all the motive power, rolling stock, and track that I needed, so I explain the situation, thanked him for the generous offer, and assumed that was the end of it. However, he insisted that he compensate me from my time, and the result was a trio of HO scale RS-1's (my favourite loco design) with DCC and sound onboard.

Since the units were in Soo Line livery, I was planning to repaint them in Canadian National's green and yellow scheme (my favourite paint scheme) and use them on a CN inspired layout. However, when the Soo Line RS-1s finally arrived, I fell in love with the maroon and gold paint scheme, and decided to build a layout for my spare room based on a Soo branch line instead.

The design was actually an adaptation of a layout I did back in May of 2017. The original design used 18-inch radius curves, #4 turnouts, and had a lot more track and industries. While trying to find a suitable track plan for use with the Soo Line RS-1s, I came across this design and converted it to a more prototypical looking design using #6 turnouts, and 20" minimum radius. Town sites were kept very simple on purpose, but more track and industries could easily be added for additional car spotting.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Theme: Branch Line Railway, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, American Railways: Soo Line

User Comments:

Posted by Ned Brause on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:25:14 PM.

I love this layout! I keep coming back to it, and seeing new things. I like the Point to Point end of the branchline feel, very realistic

Posted by Robert Chant on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:07:35 AM.

Thanks Ned ... I really liked the way this one fit in the room and the relaxed overall feel of the track plan.

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