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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Thursday, September 02, 2021 at 7:43:31 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Brownville & Ashland Railway

I recently did this track plan for a client, but only got around to adding the 3D work today. The layout owner wanted a design that depicted his fictional modern-era Brownville & Ashland Railway set somewhere in northern Maine. It was to occupy a footprint of 10x11 feet and the layout could run around all four walls of the space. My client also wanted a continuous run option which required a duck under to get into the central aisle way. (The duck under is located on the north wall.)

The owner went with Micro Engineering code 70 track since this layout would represent a mill at the end of a spur line. Since the maximum length cars are 64-foot pressurized covered hoppers, we went with a minimum radius of 26-inches.

His list of Givens and Druthers included:

Since this is a temporary layout until a bigger space is freed, we kept everything as simple and uncluttered as possible which ties in well with the modern era theme and the rural setting. The two interchange tracks are long enough to hold about thirty-five 50-foot box cars which is the main staple of the layout owner's car fleet. So, that should provide enough traffic for keep an operator busy for an hour or so switching between the interchange and the paper mill, and the other online industries. When the mood strikes, he can stand back and watch a train make a few laps around the space.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Layout Size: Small Layouts, USA (States): Maine, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills

User Comments:

Posted by Manny Jacobs on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 6:08:54 PM.

I love this design! But do you think it could be made to fit in a 10x9 foot space?? Would that work for me do you think?

Posted by Robert Chant on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 7:14:51 PM.

Hi Manny ... it *might* work if you reduced the minimum radius down a few inches ... right now that is set at 26" and maybe 24" might do it. The paper mill could easily be reduced in size to make it fit in the corner. Since the plan is not that tight I think there is a very good chance that it would work in your space. Thanks for posting.

Posted by Matthew Rau Allen on Monday, June 01, 2020 at 1:18:04 PM.

I really like this plan. The current space I'm working with is 11.6 x 14 HO scale Modern Midwest. I think I'll have enough space. Staging might be tight unless I do something behind the backdrop. Like two or 3 tracks. What would be your thoughts on that? Thanks.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, June 01, 2020 at 1:29:15 PM.

Hi Matthew, without knowing more about what you have planned for your space, it is hard to make recommendations. I suggest that you post your concept drawing/rough draft/ideas to my JoMRD Facebook group (the link is on this blog) and I will see what I can do for you. I have another slightly bigger version of this still in 1st draft that would be more appropriate for your "Modern Midwest" theme. (I will bump it up to 1st spot for you.)

Posted by Phil D on Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 11:54:35 AM.

Rob, could you label what you would expect the tracks of Paper Plant to be in this Paper Mill example.

Posted by Robert Chant on Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 12:16:42 PM.

Hey Phil ... I see the two tracks inside the building used for loading of outgoing paper shipments ... the track in front is for incoming chemicals and supplies ... dry bulk unloaded under the "porch" to the left and bagged supplies unloaded at a few car spots where the box car is ... the last track to the right is for unloading on incoming recycled paper in box cars ... hope that helps, Rob.

Posted by Simon Dunkley on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:53:18 PM.

If you were to cut the track, to unwind the circuit, where would that cut go?

Posted by Rob Chant on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 8:12:20 PM.

Hi Simon,

You could probably cut the track in either the North-East corner ... or the South-West corner ... both ways would work equally well ... you might have to flip the transload track to the other direction it the cut was in the South-West corner depending on how much track you had beyond that turnout.

Take care,

Posted by Simon on Thursday, September 02, 2021 at 7:43:31 AM.

I was thinking as much about the operating pattern. The trans load facility could be a shoving move, anti-clockwise, from the yard, using the connecting link to the mill as a stub for swapping cars over. The LPG terminal could be an extension of this, or just happens to have been built near the paper mill.
The point is, in knowing where the supposed break is within the circuit - even if there is an overlap with a piece of the circuit having a dual purpose - can add to the verisimilitude of operations.

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