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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, February 08, 2021 at 12:59:13 AST.)

HO SCALE: Vandelay Industries (Single Industry Inglenook)

This HO-scale design was done for a client that wanted a small layout that he could practice his skills on before attempting a larger layout. He wanted a design that included as many aspects of modeling in a small space as I could possibly squeeze in. Initially, he only wanted to use a 12-inch x 60-inch board, but I convinced him to move up to a 84-inch long board so I could include some scenery to practice on.

My client wanted the design based on an Inglenook and also wanted a staging cassette along with the opportunity to scratch build a modern structure, pave some roads, and plant some trees and bushes. At the time this was designed, He hadn't decided whether to include the bridge and water. The layout also allows for limited operations and helped him hone his switching skills. Overall, I think it would be a great project for a beginner modeler, and could be a very nice layout.

The track plan:

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Overall views of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: 2 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Theme: Single Industry


User Comments:

Posted by Alan Marshall on Saturday, August 08, 2020 at 2:09:08 PM.

Very neat little layout design Bob, with industrial and scenic features! Looks like you must be a Seinfeld fan too!


Posted by Robert Chant on Sunday, August 09, 2020 at 11:50:17 AM.

Hey Alan ... yes ... I liked this one a lot when I first designed it. A few people have considered using the design but I haven't seen any photos of it built. I also received quite a few replies about the Seinfeld reference when I posted this on the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts FB group. I was surprised so many made the connection. Take care, Rob.


Posted by Pete Lakatos on Tuesday, February 02, 2021 at 11:00:38 PM.

I'm very intrigued by your designs, but the line in this one about the client wanting something to practice on before going big fits struck home! We are looking to start our Euro themed layout in the Teens-30's timeframe (EraI-II/III), I wonder what would fit in this plan in place of the industry you included for your client? Like a Station and freight platform(s) or...... My kids are excited to try water on a larger footprint (they've eyed up your On30 layout with the 2 schooners) that we've practiced watching MarklinOfSweden and glue+toilet paper. My wife wants sheep! I guess I could stick a livestock loading pen/ramp on a third spur to make the Inglenook complete. Switching it might get messy if someone looked closely at the cars vs spots but still maybe fun. Love your site!


Posted by Robert Chant on Wednesday, February 03, 2021 at 7:37:03 AM.

Hi Pete,

Thanks very much for the kind words. Another option would be to convert the On30 layout to a "land based" location instead of on a wharf ... it would give you all the car spots you need for a 1920s themed layout as well.

Take care,
Rob.


Posted by Philip H on Monday, February 08, 2021 at 11:27:52 AM.

This looks like it would fit in a space I have for an On30 layout. Are the three tracks on the industry side spaced widely enough for larger locos an cars?


Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, February 08, 2021 at 12:59:13 PM.

Hi Philip,

It doesn't look like it ... the tracks are 2-inches center-to-center ... a standard center-to-center distance for On30 is 3-inches but you can get away with less than that on tangent track ... but I wouldn't go much less.

Take care,
Rob.


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