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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 9:08:34 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Cunningham's Gap (Single Station)

This is another design for a single station layout, and it was originally designed as two potable modules for a model railroading club. Back in the 1990s, I had been involved in a joint project with the club to develop some standards for their modular bench work system. The original standard called for 24-inch wide modules as a minimum, but...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, October 02, 2020 at 23:59:34 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian Pacific Branch Line

Many of my small layout designs focus on branch line operations that make it easier to portray in a small room. I also tend to make them as generic as possible so they are easily adapted to a variety of prototypes, and this design is a good example of that approach. This is an HO-scale design for a small end of a branch line operation that would easily...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Canadian Railways: Canadian Pacific Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 17:37:20 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Soo Line (Branch Line & Interchange)

This concept design was done back in March of 2018 for an owner of a partially completed N-scale pike who has grown weary of the level of operations required on the layout. The N-scale layout occupied this space, but had been dormant for a few years. The owner was considering moving up to HO, and from modeling mainline operations to a more...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Branch Line Railway, American Railways: Soo Line



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:53:02 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Branch Line Railway

This design was just completed for a client that wanted to model a prairie branch line railway located somewhere in the province Saskatchewan. My client sees it as a former Canadian National line that was cast off during the 1990s, and its main customer is an ethanol plant at the end of the branch. The owner had a lot of structures already...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Saskatchewan, Types of Industries: Ethanol Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:02:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Great Divide Railway & Mining Company

I spent the last few weeks designing this layout for a client that wanted to model a freelanced iron-ore hauling railway in Australia. The total length of the fictional line would be roughly 90kms from the coastal port to the ore concentrator located in the mountains, and would be based loosely on the Western Australia Pilbara operation...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Scenic (Bridges), Other: Australia, Types of Industries: Ore Concentrator



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 20:04:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pennyrile & Western Coalfield

This HO-scale design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group and his proto-freelanced Pennyrile & Western Coalfield Railway. The layout owner wanted a 1940's era layout based on a small town in western Kentucky where the economy is dependent on tobacco, corn, and coal. He planned to use small L&N or NC&StL steam...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Kentucky



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 14:25:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Engine Terminal (Medium Sized)

This HO-scale medium-sized engine terminal was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group and was to be based on the Santa Fe in the 1950s and 60s. I didn't have any Santa Fe motive power available, so I had to use Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Ry GP7s and GP9s, and a few switchers and vans from that Canadian line. The layout...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Engine Terminals, Type: No Run-Around Track



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 14:05:00 ADT.)

On30: Pubnico & Southside RR

This design was done back in February of 2018 for a member of the Railroad Line Forum. He was looking for a continuous run layout (with a few sidings) to fit on a 36" x 6'8" hallow core door in On30. Although the layout owner just wanted to watch the trains run around the loop, I also decided to allow for plenty of opportunity for some...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 13:36:00 ADT.)

HOn3 SCALE: Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

This is a design I did back in May of 2017 based on the 36"-gauge Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR running about 23 miles north from Colfax to Nevada City. I found an insurance evaluation map of Nevada City online, and first wanted to do only a "one station" layout based on just that location. With the help of another member of the...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Nevada, American Railways: Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 12:22:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: South Carolina Central RR (SCRF)

This N-scale design is based on the South Carolina Central RR, a class III railway that operates 42 miles of former CSX Transportation trackage in South Carolina, from the CSX interchange at Florence, to end of track at Bishopville. Primary commodities include agricultural products, chemicals, construction materials, fertilizers, minerals, plastics, pulp and paper, and steel and scrap. It handles about 30,000 carloads per year.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Helix, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): South Carolina, American Railways: South Carolina Central RR

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