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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:34:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Cat Mountain Line

These two 2'x4' On30 portable modules were done for a client's freelanced Cat Mountain Line. The narrow gauge railway runs from a small seaport out into the mountains to a mine in the pacific northwest sometime between 1930 and 1950. My client wanted the layout to include a pier, single track car ferry, mine, simple...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Modular Benchwork, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Switch-Back, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Coal Mines, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 8:04:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Black Sand Mining & Timber Railroad

For me, one of the most enjoyable side effects of designing layouts is learning new things. And while designing this layout, I learned a lot over the last month and a half. For starters, I never knew that Platinum could be recovered from beach sand. And since I had to build the equipment required to do that in 3D, I also had to learn how...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): Oregon



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 11:32:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: NYC Kanawha Branch

This transition era HO scale layout was designed for a client that wanted a proto-freelanced layout based on NYC's Kanawha Branch in West Virginia. My client requested that I include Walther's Diamond Coal mine, and other mining related support industries in the design...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): West Virginia, American Railways: New York Central RR, Types of Industries: Coal Mines



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:42:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Lingan Colliery Railway

Back in September of 2017, I was asked to design an On30 layout with a mining theme that would fit in a 30" x 12' space. The owner wanted a complete layout without any additional staging, and also desired to have as much operation included as possible within the space. I went with a design that included a coal mine at one end of...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Station / Town, Types of Industries: Coal Mines



Posted in My Projects by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 21:28:03 AST.)

PROJECT: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company

I had a few inquires about the status of my Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company retirement layout, and a few other people asked for an update on the project. I currently have about 75% of all the materials needed to build the triple-deck design. I had to import almost everything from the US, and with the weak exchange rate, I already...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 13:23:00 ADT.)

On30: Arizona Mineral Belt

I was asked by a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group to design a layout for a western US mining railroad with lots of switching in On30, and this is the result. The owner of the layout is actually a very accomplished layout designer, and he just wanted a fresh pair of eyes to see what could be done with the theme in his space. Since I...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Arizona



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 19:02:52 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Arizona Eastern Railroad

This design has an interesting back story and was the result of almost a year of planning and research of the prototype Arizona Eastern Railroad. The original plan was to be built in On30, and the owner eventually decided to drop the centre peninsula and go with a layout just around three of the walls, plus the staging. In my version of the design, I kept the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Helix, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, USA (States): Arizona, American Railways: Arizona Eastern Railroad, Types of Industries: Smelther Complex



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 Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:04:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Gowrie Colliery Tramway (No Turnout Layout)

I'm in the process of writing an article for my blog that highlights and explains some different types of micro and small layouts and how they are operated. I plan to start with a very simple layout, and then increase the complexity as the article progresses. I will try to go into detail on how I see each one being operated, and the options that can be...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 0 - No Turnout Layout, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Coal Mines, Types of Industries: Wharves

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