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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, December 03, 2019 at 6:53:01 AST.)

HO SCALE: Pembroke & Western RR

This is based on a design that I did for a friend back in 2009. I had to reconfigure the plan to fit a 10'-6" x 12'-6" room, but it is very close to the original. The owner wanted a point-to-point mainline with some staging, a good variety of online industries, and space for a large coal mine. He wanted to use Atlas...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 21:21:33 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Engine Terminal, Small Yard, Coal Mine and Steel Trestle

As a rule I dislike island style layouts because I believe the space can be better utilized when also taking the access requirements into consideration. So, I usually try to convince my clients that they should consider other options for the room, which usually is an around the walls type layout. However, my persuasion...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Freight Yard (Small), Design Feature: Round House, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 14:56:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Tallulah Falls Railway (Cornelia, GA, to Franklin, NC)

Back in October of 2014, I was asked by a member of a railway forum to help design a big basement layout based in the Tallulah Falls Railway in HO scale. The railway ran from Cornelia, GA, where it interchanged with the Southern Ry, to Franklin, NC. At first, the owner just wanted to model the line from Cornelia to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Georgia, USA (States): North Carolina, American Railways: Tallulah Falls Ry



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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 17, 2020 at 20:22:53 AST.)

N SCALE: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway

This layout was done back in 2000 for a client that was quite a railfan, and I just recently updated the design with some roughed in 3D scenery. The owner of the layout loved watching and taking photos of trains, especially those running through some of the most beautiful scenery along the Bras d'Or Lakes on Cape Island....

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Mainline Trains, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Scenic (Bridges), Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 9:13:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Canadian Atlantic RR

This design for the Canadian Atlantic Railroad System (since renamed the Canadian Atlantic Railway) was started back in early February of 2019, for a friend of mine. The layout was to be done in HO-scale and would depict a prototype-freelanced line set in the present day. Although the layout owner had a list of G&Ds that he wanted to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): New Brunswick, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canada (Provinces): Prince Edward Island



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:13:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: South Rochester & Eastern RR

This was done for a client who wanted a generic urban switching layout in a New England mill-town setting with just enough action for two operators. He had found a track plan online that he liked, and wanted it adapted for his slightly larger space. His list of Givens & Druthers included several large industries to work, and a minimal of track...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Design Feature: Urban Scenery, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, January 13, 2020 at 21:13:22 AST.)

ARTICLE: A case study in the minimalist approach

There was some talk on a Facebook group where I am a member about taking a minimalist approach to layout design. I welcomed the debate because it is a trend that I do believe should be followed when designing a layout. As others had mentioned during the discussions, taking a minimalist approach can be very rewarding, if you also take the time...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Escanaba & Lake Superior RR, Articles: Minimalist Approach to Layout Design



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:44:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sacramento Northern

This design was done for a client back in May of 2018 who wanted an HO-scale layout to fit in his spare bedroom plus it's closet space. The layout was to be set in northern California sometime during the fall in the 1930s. Since this was my client's first room-sized layout, he didn't really want anything too complex, but he did...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Car Float, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): California, American Railways: Sacramento Northern



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:49:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Paducah & Tennessee Midland (Dredson Branch, Tennessee)

Back in September of 2018, I was asked by a member of a railway forum to design a small shelf layout to fit along two walls of his bedroom. The layout was to be based on the Dredson Branch of his Paducah & Tennessee Midland RR (P&TM) located near McKenzie, TN. Since the layout owner only had limited spare time to dedicate to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Tennessee, Types of Industries: Clay Processing Plants

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