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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:53:02 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Branch Line Railway

This design was just completed for a client that wanted to model a prairie branch line railway located somewhere in the province Saskatchewan. My client sees it as a former Canadian National line that was cast off during the 1990s, and its main customer is an ethanol plant at the end of the branch. The owner had a lot of structures already purchased that he wanted included on the layout, so the first thing I had to do was mock up the buildings so I knew they would fit. While the owner still hasn't settle on a name for the line or locations, I added a few fictional names to the track plan. I also just used the names of the models (mostly Walters kits) for the industries. Overall, it came together very nice and it has a lot of operating potential to keep the planned 3 or 4 crews busy.

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TAGS: Theme: Canadian Prairies, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Canada (Provinces): Saskatchewan, Types of Industries: Ethanol Plant


User Comments:

Posted by Alan Marshall on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:15:22 PM.

I like this one a lot Bob! Nice, relatively simple point to point prototypical design!


Posted by Robert Chant on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:53:02 AM.

Hi Alan ... the 3D screen captures really give a nice sense of both the visual and operating appeal of this layout. My client was a railway employee and he had a good vision of what he wanted. My first draft really grabbed his attention and he was quite happy with how I used his space. The Ethanol plant was to be the main focus, along with the older structures depicted in the town of Melville. Both of them were the signatures scenes he wanted included. Take care, Rob.


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