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Design Feature: Cassette Staging

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 7:01:36 AST.)

HO SCALE (6-foot Broad Gauge): Middleburgh & Schoharie RR in Proto87

I was asked by a member of a railway forum to design a layout based on the Middleburgh & Schoharie RR during its 6-foot gauge era. Although the client only wanted a freelance railway using a combined time saver design and inglenook, I thought that Middleburgh would make an excellent single station LDE design after I did...

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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: Single Station / Town, USA (States): New York, American Railways: Middleburgh & Schoharie RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 22:43:23 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Mohawk & Adirondack RR (End of Branch Line Mill Town)

This 12-inch by 84-inch HO-scale layout was done for a client's freelanced Mohawk & Adirondack RR. The owner wanted a layout based on a branch line terminal located in New York State circa 1943 or 1944. He wanted the mini to include a creamery, a produce warehouse, a textile mill, a small freight house...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (States): New York



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11:25:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Juniper & Alamosa Valley Railway

This is a plan for a single station 2½-foot by 12-foot module in On30 with a western theme that I designed back in 2014 for myself. The hardest part was fitting in the 15-inch turntable required to turn the locomotives (a D&RGW K-28 is shown on the plan). After placing the turntable and the station, I then squeezed...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 13:47:09 ADT.)

O SCALE: Canadian Pacific Rail Barge Scene in Proto48

Here is something a little different. It is a 3'x10' layout (with a staging cassette added) done in O-scale of a rail barge operation. One possible locale for the scene would be on the Canadian Pacific somewhere in British Columbia in the mid 1970s. If I was doing the layout, I would try using Proto48 standards, since I...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Car Float, Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Canada (Provinces): British Columbia, Canadian Railways: Canadian Pacific Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 15:28:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Iota (Extended)

This was done on a special request from the late Jack Shortliner who wanted to see what I could do on an "extended" Iota design. Iota was originally built in HO scale on a 17" x 56" board, and was meant to represent an end-of-the-line station on a short line railway. I lengthened the board another 16"...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (Regions): Mid-West



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 22:12:09 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Glen Oak (End of Line Station)

I started this layout for a Facebook friend of mine back in October of 2018, but I didn't get around to putting the finishing touches on it until February 2019. While the layout has a relatively small footprint, it packs a lot of punch-both operationally and visually-in the small space...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 18:33:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Railway

I have always had great admiration for British modelers, and I am continuously impressed with how much they seem to do with a space, no matter how limited. Some of the scenes depicted on these small layouts are many of my favourite modeled scenes. Back in November of 2016, I decided to design a UK inspired layout, and...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Other: United Kingdom, British Railways: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Ry, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, October 14, 2019 at 20:07:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National (End of Line Prairie Town)

Back in 2017, I had been inspired by a member of a railway forum that was modeling a Soo branch line on a mini HO-scale layout. Since that time, I had taken a keen interest in modeling Prairie towns and grain elevators operations. So I began designing some small modules depicting small stations, with grain operations...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 10:37:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Hastings Industrial District (with Cassette Staging)

This design was original done for a client back in February 2014. He only had limited space for a layout, but wanted something that could keep him busy for an hour or so. I introduced him to switching using way-bills and switch lists, and he was quite happy with the layout for the few months it was in operation. The layout didn't progress...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 11:09:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company (Havenside)

As you probably know, I have a very avid interest in the two-footers of Maine. In fact, I have plans to base my On30-scale layout on look and feeling of those lines. One of the most appealing prototype scenes to me is the waterfront in Wiscasset (ME) on the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington RR (WW&F). Through the year, photos...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, Types of Industries: Wharves

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