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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:10:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Switching Spur (Dallas, TX)

This track plan was mocked-up back in May of 2020, but back then I didn't have the time to do the 3D work. Over the last year, I have been picking at adding the 3D scenery as time permitted, and I finally got it completed. The prototype for this layout is a group of neat little spurs located on the Dallas, Garland, & Northeastern RR ...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (States): Texas, American Railways: Dallas, Garland, & Northeastern RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6:12:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Lobo Creek & Western RR

Now this design has quite a backstory that started in February of 2014. The first version of this design was done to fit on a 4x8 sheet of plywood, and it was based on a track plan that I had found on the Internet. After I posted my adaptation online, I was contacted in March (of 2014) by another modeler who wondered if I could fit the plan ...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 19:06:08 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Langsport & Southern Ry

This design from February 2021 turned out much differently than my client initially wanted. When originally contacted, my client was only looking for a 1-turnout layout based on one of Lance Mindheim's track plans with a modern bakery as the single industry. During the discussion, I showed him my Sweet Tooth Bakery & Milling Co done in a 14x72-inch...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Switching Operations, Types of Industries: Bakeries, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 15:45:33 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Iota (Extended)

This was done on a special request from the late Jack Shortliner who wanted to see what I could do on an "extended" Iota design. Iota was originally built in HO scale on a 17" x 56" board, and was meant to represent an end-of-the-line station on a short line railway. I lengthened the board another 16"...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): Mid-West



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:06:54 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Hamilton Feeds (Hamilton, MI)

This is a layout based on an actually prototype industry located in the small town of Hamilton, Michigan. It was Marshall Stull (owner of the Small Model Railroads website) that brought the site to my attention. He thought it would make a nice prototype based small layout, and wanted to see what I could do with it.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Michigan, American Railways: CSX



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 04, 2021 at 7:41:02 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Ry (OLB)

This is my version of the Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Railway (OLB), "The Big Red Line", which still operates in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, as a 2-mile long Class III switching railroad. The line interchanges cars with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and serves industries such as Ag Processing, Inc., ADM Farmland, Snyder...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Nebraska, American Railways: Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 16:42:19 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Walnut Grove (End of Line Station)

I just completed this design for a client today (Saturday, February 8, 2020). The 2x8-foot HO-scale layout depicts an end of line station during the transition era. The owner wanted a small service area for locomotives that included an engine shed, an overhead crane, a sand house and a coaling tower. Although he doesn't plan to run steam on the layout...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Drop Down, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 14:11:37 ADT.)

HO SCALE (6-foot Broad Gauge): Middleburgh & Schoharie RR in Proto87

I was asked by a member of a railway forum to design a layout based on the Middleburgh & Schoharie RR during its 6-foot gauge era. Although the client only wanted a freelance railway using a combined time saver design and inglenook, I thought that Middleburgh would make an excellent single station LDE design after I did...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): New York, American Railways: Middleburgh & Schoharie RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, May 09, 2021 at 16:43:45 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Hammond Plains

You might be surprised to know that this track plan actually started as a switching puzzle in the December 1989 issue of Model Railroader (Coal Caper at Coal Canon by Eugene W. Browning). My client really liked the moves needed to switch the town, and wanted to use it as the basis for prototypical small town switching layout. We swapped out a few of the...

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Views: 648 | Comments: 11

TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 20:43:33 ADT.)

S SCALE: Texas & New Orleans Railway (Llano, TX)

This track plan was started back in June of 2020 in Proto:48, but my client decided to change to S-scale in September. The design is based very loosely on Llano, Texas in the 1970s and is meant to be built in two phases. The first phase consists of an L-shaped layout that includes the shelf on the north wall, and just a single switching lead/staging...

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Views: 359 | Comments: 2

TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Texas, American Railways: Texas & New Orleans Railway

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