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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 21, 2019 at 12:42:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation (DOSCO) at Sydney, Nova Scotia

Back in 2005, I fooled myself into believing that I knew enough about making steel that I could actually build a layout to represent the industry. I did a bit of a research and knew I wanted to include as many steps in the process as I could. I not only wanted the blast furnace, but also the import system for the raw materials...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Loads In / Out, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation (DOSCO), Types of Industries: Coke Plant, Types of Industries: Steel Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:59:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Morgan Falls & Little Trinty RR

This layout has quite the story behind it, and it was also the start of my long distance friendship with Bob McCord of California. This plan was a collaboration between Bob and I that required several months of intense emailing to make any progress. Bob's premise for the fictional railroad was a logging line set in the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Design Feature: Switch-Back, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, USA (States): Wisconsin, Types of Industries: Logging Camps, Types of Industries: Sawmills, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:54:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Lazy Town (Single Station Design)

Judging from the date on this design (2001), I think it is probably one of my very first designs done in On30 scale (On30 was still in its infancy back then). The original track plan was done using PECO HO turnouts, but I converted them to Fast Track #5s. The client I designed this layout for wanted a very simple track plan...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:13:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Hillcrest Industrial District (ISL)

This HO-scale design was done for a client back in January 2000. The owner wanted a modern switching layout with the potential to be incorporated it in a bigger layout someday. Like me, he preferred a minimum of track with a few big industries, and lots of room for scenery. He was also looking for a modern industrial park...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated 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...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated 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...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 20:07:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National (End of Line Prairie Town)

Back in 2017, I had been inspired by a member of a railway forum that was modeling a Soo branch line on a mini HO-scale layout. Since that time, I had taken a keen interest in modeling Prairie towns and grain elevators operations. So I began designing some small modules depicting small stations, with grain operations...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 18:33:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Railway

I have always had great admiration for British modelers, and I am continuously impressed with how much they seem to do with a space, no matter how limited. Some of the scenes depicted on these small layouts are many of my favourite modeled scenes. Back in November of 2016, I decided to design a UK inspired layout, and...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Other: United Kingdom, British Railways: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Ry, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 17:58:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: High Park Industrial Lead (ISL)

This is a very simple modern industrial switching layout (ISL) that I designed back in 2007 to fit a 15-inch by 10-foot space. I can't remember if I designed this for someone, or if I was trying to adapting a track plan to fit space that I had available. I was living in a small apartment then, and I was designing a lot of small...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:53:52 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pennsylvania Shortline Terminal

This design request came from a member of a Facebook group that I belong to, that wanted to expand his current 15" x 48" micro by another 48". This all ready built micro, depicted the terminus of a tiny Pennsylvania shortline. The railroad connects this currently unnamed small agricultural town with a Reading or Pennsy...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Pennsylvania

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