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Layout Size: Compact Layouts

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:17:47 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sugar River Railroad

A member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout Facebook group requested a HO scale layout featuring an end-of-the-line station to fill his 55x80 inch space. The proto-freelanced short line railroad would be located in South-central, or South-west Wisconsin during the transition era. The member wanted the layout to include ...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 5:25:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: Wisconsin & Southern RR

This modern-day Wisconsin & Southern RR layout was done in N-scale for member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout group. I had an area up to 2'x8' to work with, and that is a lot of territory in N-sale. I decided to go with a rounded front fascia just to be a bit different. The member wanted the switching layout to be based on a small town ...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Wisconsin & Southern RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, February 06, 2022 at 1:36:55 AST.)

Sn3 SCALE: Sissiboo Lumber Company

It had been quite some time since I did a track plan for a logging railway, so when a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group requested an logging themed layout done in Sn3 and set in the Pacific-Northwest, I knew that I would not be able to resist. The only problem was that doing the 3D vertical scenery required for such a layout takes a lot...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Switch-Back, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, USA (Regions): Northwest, Types of Industries: Logging Camps



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:12:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian Pacific Railway (Branch Line in Northern Ontario)

This design was done for a client who wanted to see a HO-scale Canadian Pacific branch line set in Northern Ontario during the transition era. I didn't have any control over the bench work configuration since it was already constructed in the roughly 8 x 11½ foot space in his family room.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Passenger Service, Canada (Provinces): Ontario, Canadian Railways: Canadian Pacific Ry



Posted in Industry Database by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 7:12:00 AST.)

INDUSTRY DATABASE: Sunrise Baking & Milling Company (HO scale)

While working on a track plan for a client, I stumbled upon this little gem for a bakery complex. Modeling single industries has become an increasingly popular theme for modern-day industrial switching layouts (ISLs), but back in the day, it was very common for layouts designers to stuff as much track into a space as possible, sometimes not even...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Bakeries



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 16:46:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Railcar & Loco Maintenance Centre

This is one of those designs that took a twisted route to get from here to there. When originally contacted, my client was looking for a HO-scale layout that included a small yard and a station where he could stage his CN, VIA, and GO locomotives, with some limited switching thrown into the mix. He also wanted to provide allowances for...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Canada (Provinces): Ontario, Types of Industries: Railcar / Locomotive Maintenance Centre



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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