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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 21:23:25 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Westbury (Urban Industrial Area)

This design has a bit of a back story to it. Back in March of 2017, a client of mine was looking for suggestions for an urban industrial area on his HO scale layout. His only request was that the area must include a few tall brick buildings, and have a downtown small city feel to it. After searching online for a few ideas, I found an N-scale design (not sure who the original designer was) that I thought would be perfect, and adapted it to HO with a few modifications and additions.

Although the client eventually went with another design, I just loved how this turned out, and thought it would make an excellent stand alone module. Recently, a member of another railway forum discovered the design, and asked me to mock it up in 3D, since he was planning to include the scene either in his HO layout, or as a portable module. Since I always wanted to know what this looked like in 3D, I had no problem fulfilling the request.

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: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Single Station / Town, Design Feature: Urban Scenery

User Comments:

Posted by Isaac Fabris on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 5:39:44 PM.

I used to railfan in Decatur, IL a lot, and along Faries Pkwy in that town, there is a similar track arrangement, but all the trackage serves a huge ADM plant ("ADM West Plant" as it's called). As such, I've always liked track layouts where they curve away from a straight 'main' and into an industry, particularly if the road parallels the 'main', as it does in Decatur.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:51:43 AM.

When I first encountered a spur track curving away from the mainline, I didn't like the look. The curves were so tight that it looked almost toy-like to me. It wasn't until only a few years ago that I started using them in my designs. I am not sure of it was this plan that became that turning point for me or not, but I do know that it got my attention when I first discovered it.

Posted by Bill Gellert on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:11:42 PM.

There is an abandoned curved spur in Rochelle, IL on the BNSF where the building/loading dock is curved as well. It looks great and something that I will incorporate on my layout.

Posted by Robert Chant on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:23:25 PM.

Hi Bill ... I've seen a few places on the prototype where the walls of the buildings and loading docks are on the same curve as the track ... and you're right ... they do make interesting subjects for modeling.

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