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Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 5:43:18 ADT.)

ARTICLE: Branch line operations on a 4x8 sheet of plywood in HO Scale

Back in April of 2019, I was asked to design a HO-scale layout on a 4x8 sheet of plywood based on the same operating scheme that I proposed for use with my Central Alberta Railway (CARY) design. For those not familiar with my CARY track plan, it was an N-scale layout I designed back in 2010 using a hollow core door. How that layout was operated was partly inspired...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Ontario, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 3:40:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: The Sissiboo Pulp & Paper Mill (Getting the most out of your small space)

This article is more about getting the most out of the space you have available than it is about modeling a pulp and paper mill. I just used a paper mill as an example of how an industry that covers a great deal of real estate in the 1:1 world can be shoe-horned into a reasonably sized footprint. However, to attain my goals for this project I had...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, March 06, 2020 at 6:31:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: How long does it take to design a layout from start to finish?

I was recently asked how long it takes to design a layout from start to finish, and mock up these 3D presentations. As you might assume, the length of the process varies because of the steps involved, the size of the layout, and whether or not the design will be based on prototype locations. Some of you might even be surprised that small layout can...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 20:58:44 AST.)

ARTICLE: Designing the HO-Scale Pennsylvania Shortline Terminal for Robert (Robin) Mountenay

Introduction by Robert (Robin) Mountenay: As a Lutheran pastor I've lived my adult life in parsonages-church-owned homes. When I retire in the near future, I'll suddenly be responsible for my own housing. In anticipation of that day, my wife and I recently bought a house in south-central Pennsylvania, a three hour drive from our current home...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Pennsylvania Railroad, American Railways: Reading Company



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 16:32:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Making Reasonable Choices and Compromises

Anyone that has worked with me in the past will hopefully realize that I am not one to impose my views on another modeler. Your aims and goals in the hobby are no doubt different than mine, and I don't think anyone has the right to deter either of us from our chosen path. I have always been more of a "present me with the facts and I will make...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 20:34:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: Evaluating a Track Plan

One of the usually open discussions on model railroading related forums and groups is the topic of what is involved when planning/designing a new layout, and the steps that must be followed to achieve your desire goals. I think inevitably you will look for a published track plan that closely matches the vision you have for your space, and then you...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 20:08:00 AST.)

ARTICLE: My Layout Design Philosophy

Whenever I'm designing a track plan for myself, I always keep an open mind and I'm willing to explore all options. I am not opposed to using anything in a design that will allow me to get the most out of the space I have available. Although I like to keep a layout easy to build, I am not opposed to using multiple deck options or other creative...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 14:10:41 AST.)

ARTICLE: Duplicating prototypical track work as a small end-of-line station

This design was just completed for a member of a the Railroad Line Forums, who was looking for some inspiration for a small layout project he was considering. The design depicts the small rural station of Werley (WI) on the Chicago & North Western RR's "Dinky Line". Although the diagram below is not entirely accurate, it is a simple rendition of the...

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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: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Chicago & North Western RR, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 9:23:29 AST.)

ARTICLE: Defining Moments

I have been asked a few times what is the most important element of good layout design, and the very simple answer to that question is knowing what you're most passionate about when it comes to model railroading and use that as the basis of your next modeling project. I'm sure that most of you can look back on at least one "defining moment" when...

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TAGS: Articles: Layout Design



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 21:16:11 AST.)

ARTICLE: Operating possibilities on a small, continuous run layout

This design was part of a double deck N-scale layout using hollow core doors, done for a member of another railway group in 2010. The upper deck represented an unrelated coal mining branch in British Columbia, and was a very simple design. The upper deck/door was supported by sides made of ¾" plywood, and the backdrop...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Articles: Operating Small Layouts

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