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Design Feature: Interchange

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 21:05:09 AST.)

HO SCALE: Port Arthur Belt Line Ry

Back in August of 2017, I was contacted to do a modern industrial switching layout (ISL) for a 13'x15' room. However, instead of cramming the space with a lot of industrial tracks, I convinced the layout owner to go with more of a branch line feel that offer a good variety of car types, with some very nice scenery and a good variety of structures. I kept...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 7:19:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Iowa Branch Line Railway

This modern-day prairie branch line railway was done for a client back in March of 2019. Originally he had seen an N-scale layout I designed to fit on a hollow core door, and he wanted to try and duplicate that in HO-scale on a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I knew that it would be impossible to give him everything he wanted in such a limited space, so I...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, USA (States): Iowa



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 8:28:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO) at Sydney, Nova Scotia

The owner of this layout liked my plan for the Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation (DOSCO) in the 1950s, which was presented earlier on this blog (see this link). However, he wanted the era shifted to the 1980s, when the mill was owned by the Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), and he also needed the plan adapted to fit...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), Types of Industries: Coke Plant, Types of Industries: Steel Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 11:17:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: New England & Southern Railway

This is a rough draft (it still needs a lot of polish) of a design that I worked on for a client back in 2017. The client was interested in many aspects of the hobby including passenger train operations, mainline running, run thru and local traffic, online switching, and branch line operations. He also liked yard operations, but didn't want to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Freight Yard (Small), Design Feature: Helix, Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Mainline Trains, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (Regions): New England



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



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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 12:16:42 AST.)

HO SCALE: Brownville & Ashland Railway

I recently did this track plan for a client, but only got around to adding the 3D work today. The layout owner wanted a design that depicted his fictional modern-era Brownville & Ashland Railway set somewhere in northern Maine. It was to occupy a footprint of 10x11 feet and the layout could run around all four walls of the space. My client also...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Maine, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 20:16:54 AST.)

HO SCALE: Penn Central

The owner of this layout had a dormant model railroad in his basement that he started in the early to mid-1990's. He felt the space could be better used, and decided to start over from scratch if he could find a track plan that he liked. The space was quite long at 22½-feet with a 12½-foot height at the widest end, but it also had to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Mainline Trains, USA (States): New York, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Penn Central



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 Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 10:19:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Lexington Junction (ISL)

I was contacted by a client back in August 2018, who was looking for my input on a design he was contemplating to fit in his L-shaped space. He also sent along a few concept drawing of what he had planned for his version of the modern industrial switching layout. After looking at his drawings, I thought the space could be better...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations

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