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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 11:17:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: New England & Southern Railway

This is a rough draft (it still needs a lot of polish) of a design that I worked on for a client back in 2017. The client was interested in many aspects of the hobby including passenger train operations, mainline running, run thru and local traffic, online switching, and branch line operations. He also liked yard operations, but didn't want to devote the space to a big classification or division point yard.

My client wanted a layout capable of supporting all his interests, but not focus too much on one particular aspect. He was also very specific of the scenes, features and standards that the layout had to include:

My client was a big fan of Iain Rice's scene separating techniques using view blocks to break up the layout into several distinct mini-scenes. While I did include the these in the version I designed for him, I eliminated them in the version I am presenting here.

My client also wanted me to only design the mainline configurations and where access to the helix and staging would be located and how everything would fit in the room (he was having problems making everything fit into the space). Since he was a 3rd PlanIt user that also like to dabble with layout design, he wanted to do the final design work for the track arrangement in each town. Of course for this version, I roughed in the towns along the right away and even added some very contrived place names to the plan.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Theme: Branch Line Railway, Design Feature: Freight Yard (Small), Design Feature: Helix, Design Feature: Interchange, Theme: Mainline Trains, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Design Feature: Staging Yards, USA (Regions): New England


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