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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 20:04:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pennyrile & Western Coalfield

This HO-scale design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group and his proto-freelanced Pennyrile & Western Coalfield Railway. The layout owner wanted a 1940's era layout based on a small town in western Kentucky where the economy is dependent on tobacco, corn, and coal. He planned to use small L&N or NC&StL steam locomotives, but I had to make do with some Canadian National locos and passenger equipment for the mixed train.

The owner wanted the layout to include a tobacco factory, a feed mill/grain elevator, a livestock sales pen, a canning factory, and a coal dealer/fuel dealer. I was able to squeeze all that in and also add a team track, an interchange track with a crossing railway, and a station.

Since the layout is housed in a small 6-foot by 9-foot hobby room, I also had to plan for the continuous loop along the other walls that would be connected to this finish portion at each end. While this could easily have been just another small switching layout, I think this definitely has that small town feel to that the owner was chasing, and I really liked how this turned out.

Track Plan:

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Close-Up 3D Renderings:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, USA (States): Kentucky


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