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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:25:06 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Falls Creek Siding (Prairie Branchline)

This freelance HO-scale switching layout was done for a client who was a bit vague when he filled out his G&Ds, so I had to fill in some of the blanks myself. The client wanted a layout that included grain, sand, oil, and a warehouse, but he didn't specify a location.

In such a small space it would be hard to include separate structures for all that, so I had to select an industry that would combine much of that traffic, so I felt a modern farm supply dealer would be the way to go.

Although this was in a small space, I was getting a bit tired of doing Inglenooks and decided to do something different for this one. I wanted to make this a small, self-contained layout, with both reasonable operations abilities, and also some nice scenic elements.

Even with only two industries I was able to include spots for a good variety of cars. Railcars are introduced and removed from the sorting track as many times as needed during an op-session. Since it only holds three cars, it would almost be a necessity to fiddle traffic on and off the layout.

While there is a run-around, the tail tracks are only long enough for a loco and one car, so it will take a lot of moves to pick-up and set-out cars. As you can see from the 3D rendering, a lot of detail can be added to the layout to make it looks much bigger than it actually is.

Track Plan:

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Overall view of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Fiddle Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (Regions): Mid-West

User Comments:

Posted by Ned Brause on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:09:12 AM.

I love the diagonal mainline, it adds interest.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:48:50 AM.

Thanks Ned ... this is actually one of my favourite small layouts that I designed ... it came together very nice.

Posted by Mark Christopher on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:57:49 PM.

Reminds me of the fertilizer supply business in Saskatchewan where my dad worked at one time. Nice!

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:10:25 PM.

Thanks Mark!

Posted by Nick Palette on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:43:45 AM.


Posted by Robert Chant on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:44:26 PM.

Thanks Nick!

Posted by Chris Broughton on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:28:44 PM.

I really like this design, Rob. I'm pondering how to adapt it as an N-scale Free-MoN module.

Posted by Robert Chant on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:43:29 PM.

Hey Chris ... I think it would be hard with the diagonal mainline ... and without that it would be a completely different layout ... at least in my small mind.

Posted by James Sietsema on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 1:49:08 PM.

Love this design, it's the exact space I have for a bookshelf design on an IKEA shelving piece. Gives great ideas to what can be done.

Posted by Robert Chant on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:27:06 PM.

Thanks James.

Posted by Robert Chant on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:23:26 AM.

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Posted by Al M. on Wednesday, December 02, 2020 at 12:01:25 PM.

Echoing Ned's comment, the diagonal mainline is a great feature. It'll be fun to expand this to fill the 11 foot space that I have.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, December 07, 2020 at 12:59:12 PM.

Hi Al,

A couple of people have used this track plan that I know of off hand. One of them expanded it to 8-feet long, and it really made a huge difference with just a two-foot increase.

Take care,

Posted by Ron Harris on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:16:26 PM.

Lots of classic design elements here. No wasted space and as mentioned, if you can add a foot or two either side, operations get even better. Nice rural scene that can be adapted to almost anywhere and look like it belongs.

Posted by Rob Chant on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8:01:36 AM.

Hi Ron ... I think the longest adaption of this so far was 11-feet long ... it makes a difference. Take care, Rob.

Posted by Al M. on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9:41:44 AM.

Yes, I did adapt it to 11 feet in length, and am very happy with it. It's still a very manageable size, but yet comfortably allows the use of 6 axle power. I'm looking forward to getting the scenery done on this layout!!

Posted by Rob Chant on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:25:06 AM.

Hi Al, the progress photos you sent so far were excellent ... and I look forward to seeing more update. Take care, Rob.

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