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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 19:06:08 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Langsport & Southern Ry

This design from February 2021 turned out much differently than my client initially wanted. When originally contacted, my client was only looking for a 1-turnout layout based on one of Lance Mindheim's track plans with a modern bakery as the single industry. During the discussion, I showed him my Sweet Tooth Bakery & Milling Co done in a 14x72-inch footprint (from Oct. 2020). He was so intrigued by the design that he decided to go with an expanded version of that instead of the single switch layout.

His room was 9x15-feet so a mirrored version of the Sweet Tooth Bakery plan was easily expanded to fit along two walls and a receiving warehouse was also added. Once he saw the 1st draft, he decided to expand to a third wall and also include a staging yard. I mocked that version up in 3D, and my client was very pleased with the results.

We then started talking about some of my other designs, and during the course of the conversation he mentioned that he loved a few of my paper mill track plans. Knowing that he had plenty of space to include a paper mill in the room, I informed my client that I could rough in a paper just to show him how easily it would fit. Once the rough draft was done, he was hooked on including a paper recycling plant as well.

My client also liked the idea of having the choice of operating both industries during an op-session, or just switching one of them. He also like the idea that it could keep 2 operators busy during an op-session on those rare occasions when he had visitors.

As you can see from the labeled track plan, there are quite of few car spots and the layout will host a good variety of car types. Both industries are fairly huge, so they offer a lot of visual appeal and would be the appropriate size for modern-day railroading. It was a very interesting design, and I am quite happy with the results, and thankfully so was my client.

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TAGS: Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, Types of Industries: Bakeries, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills

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