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Type: Based on Actual Location(s)

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 6:06:12 AST.)

HO SCALE: Florida Central Railroad

This HO-scale Florida Central RR design was done for a client back in March of 2019 that wanted a small layout based on an industrial park in Orlando, Florida. I was very impressed with the possibilities in the area depicted on the layout; the curves are sharp and the equipment is modern, making for quite a contrast. Many buildings have rounded...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Type: No Run-Around Track, USA (States): Flordia, American Railways: Florida Central RR



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, September 06, 2021 at 15:22:15 ADT.)

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 05, 2020 at 14:51:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Canadian National (Sydney Sub)

This is a small proto-based switching layout designed for a friend of mine back in November of 2014, to fit his 12'6" x 6'0" room. The layout was based on Jefferson which was is located on the Sydney Subdivision of the Canadian National. The time frame was set in the 1980s before the secondary mainline was sold to the Cape Breton...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 14:10:41 AST.)

ARTICLE: Duplicating prototypical track work as a small end-of-line station

This design was just completed for a member of a the Railroad Line Forums, who was looking for some inspiration for a small layout project he was considering. The design depicts the small rural station of Werley (WI) on the Chicago & North Western RR's "Dinky Line". Although the diagram below is not entirely accurate, it is a simple rendition of the...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Chicago & North Western RR, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:04:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Stewartstown RR (Stewartstown, PA, circa 1966)

A member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group asked me to do a layout based on Stewartstown, PA in HO scale. The reference material for this layout came from an article which appeared in Model Railroader ["A Railroad You can Model: Stewartstown RR," October 1966, pg 50.] The layout era is circa 1966, and of course I had to take...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Stewartstown RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: West 28th Street Erie terminal on Manhattan

Back in February of 2018 I was asked to design a layout based on Baltimore & Ohio's West 26th Street terminal on Manhattan. After completing that track plan, I decided to tackle another similar design. I finally settled on Erie's West 28th Street terminal. The design was a lot more straight forward to duplicate than the B&O one, but of course...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Staging Options: Car Float, Theme: Switching Operations, Theme: Terminal Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): New York, American Railways: Erie RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10:38:05 ADT.)

N SCALE: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR (Humboldt Industrial Park)

This design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group, and is an N-scale version of the Humboldt Industrial Park served by the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR (RBMN) in eastern Pennsylvania. While the industrial park is a fair size, the layout owner was able to narrow his selection of companies down...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:45:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Delaware & Hudson RR (4th Subdivision)

This design was done back on October of 2017 for a client from Switzerland. The benchwork for the layout was all ready in placed, but the owner was willing to make some minor changes of needed. One of his favorite lines was the 4th Subdivision of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad which ran along Lake Champlain between Rouses Point...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Staging Options: Staging Yards, Theme: Mainline Trains, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): New York, American Railways: Delaware & Hudson RR



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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 13:17:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Delta Valley & Southern Railway

Well it doesn't get much smaller than the Delta Valley & Southern Railway located in Arkansas and owned by the Wilson family to serve their cotton farm. The two photos below represent the entire 2-mile long line, and what's even more interesting, the line could be still operating today, although I can't find definite proof...

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Views: 412 | Comments: 0

TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), USA (States): Arkansas, American Railways: Delta Valley & Southern Railway, Types of Industries: Cotton Processing Plants

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