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Design Feature: Cassette Staging

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:21:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Hawthorn Industrial Sidings

Back in 2016, I was contacted by a member of a railway forum that wanted me to help design a modern switching district that would fit into a 18"x16' space on his existing layout. The design was to portray a 1990's era industrial district with some big online industries, and had to fit in an 18"x16' space. My client was very specific...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 23:08:23 AST.)

HO SCALE: Weston (End of Prairie Branch Line)

This started as a simple Inglenook plan, but as I added more structures, I could see that I needed more track to get the industries I wanted in the design. I was hoping to include as many car types as possible to make operations a bit more varied. As it is now, there are options for grain cars, box cars, flats, gondolas, tank, hoppers, reefers, and...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 3 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Single Station / Town, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:31:55 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Railcar / Loco Maintenance Centre

I offered to help a member of a railway forum design a HO-scale locomotive and railcar maintenance centre since I haven't done one before, and I thought it would be something a little different. I knew the layout owner's space would be a good match for the design, and I could really include a great deal of detail and some support structures in the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Theme: Switching Operations, Types of Industries: Railcar / Locomotive Maintenance Centre



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 15:51:45 ADT.)

ARTICLE: The Sissiboo Pulp & Paper Mill (Getting the most out of your small space)

This article is more about getting the most out of the space you have available than it is about modeling a pulp and paper mill. I just used a paper mill as an example of how an industry that covers a great deal of real estate in the 1:1 world can be shoe-horned into a reasonably sized footprint. However, to attain my goals for this project I had...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 8:00:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Nova Scotia Railway ( Sydport Industrial Park )

Back in August of 2018, I was looking at building a small HO layout for myself based on an Inglenook design that would keep me occupied switching a few cars around. The layout was only 1' x 6' and would use a hollow core door as the base sitting on a few metal shelf brackets. I planned to put the layout in my spare room, but that changed. (For those that...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 2 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Inglenook, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, My Projects: Nova Scotia Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:21:24 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Ingramport (Port City on the Pacific Coast)

Back in March of 2018, I wanted to do a port city with a small piggy back service yard since it was something I didn't see very often on a small layout. I kept the design fairly simple, and it would be pretty straight forward to switch. There is a provision for a connection to staging on the right hand side, and it is pretty much almost require to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): Northwest, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 11:12:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: International Pulp and Paper Company

This design was done for a client back in March of 2019 that liked the paper mill I used on my Great Lakes & New England Ry design which was actually taken from another layout that was in progress for yet another client and his Brownville & Ashland Ry (Yes, I do like to recycle my pixels.) This latest client was looking for a single...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 3 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



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 Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 17:01:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Leslie Falls

This design was done for a client back in February 2017, and was originally done in an 24" x 96" space with a staging yard added to the left end. The owner wanted to depict a small New England railroad branch line set in the transition era, using smaller diesels as motive power. He wanted smaller, mostly wood foreground structures, two to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, July 19, 2021 at 21:08:05 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Rearden Metal Products, Inc

Back in October of 2019, a new member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group shared his first post outlining his plans to enhance his programming track module by including an electric arc furnace steel mill within the 24x72-inch space. I felt member could use the space much better than his concept drawing depicted, so I decided to mock up...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Types of Industries: Steel Mill (Small)

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