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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 21:21:33 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Engine Terminal, Small Yard, Coal Mine and Steel Trestle

As a rule I dislike island style layouts because I believe the space can be better utilized when also taking the access requirements into consideration. So, I usually try to convince my clients that they should consider other options for the room, which usually is an around the walls type layout. However, my persuasion has not always been successful over the years, and some clients still insist on an island style layout.

I was approached early in 2017 to design a simple layout for a 4'x8' sheet of plywood using Atlas track components. The owner's list of must-haves included an engine terminal, a small yard, a coal mine, and a long steel trestle which really wasn't a lot to ask from the space. He didn't want any grades, and also wanted sincere scenes. He even sent along an N-scale design that he had found on the internet that he wanted to use, so things seemed very simple for me. However, the N-scale design didn't adapt very well to his space, so we had to go with the modified design shown below.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Type: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Freight Yard (Small), Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Design Feature: Round House, Layout Size: Small Layouts

User Comments:

Posted by Isaac Fabris on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5:24:03 PM.

As 4x8's go, this is amazing!

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:01:15 AM.

There are a few 4x8 layouts that I designed that I am happy with, but I still think they take up too much room ... LOL.

Posted by David Bernier on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:14:19 PM.

I'd love to have space to just let the train run. I've seen very few "sheet layouts" that look well done. Robert Mountenay’s comes to mind and this plan looks like it has a lot of capabilities for a small area. Kudos Robert!

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:21:33 PM.

Thanks David ... glad you liked this one.

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