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Layout Size: Medium Layouts

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 19:02:52 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Arizona Eastern Railroad

This design has an interesting back story and was the result of almost a year of planning and research of the prototype Arizona Eastern Railroad. The original plan was to be built in On30, and the owner eventually decided to drop the centre peninsula and go with a layout just around three of the walls, plus the staging. In my version of the design, I kept the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Helix, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, USA (States): Arizona, American Railways: Arizona Eastern Railroad, Types of Industries: Smelther Complex



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 11:17:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: New England & Southern Railway

This is a rough draft (it still needs a lot of polish) of a design that I worked on for a client back in 2017. The client was interested in many aspects of the hobby including passenger train operations, mainline running, run thru and local traffic, online switching, and branch line operations. He also liked yard operations, but didn't want to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Freight Yard (Small), Design Feature: Helix, Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Mainline Trains, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 12:22:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: South Carolina Central RR (SCRF)

This N-scale design is based on the South Carolina Central RR, a class III railway that operates 42 miles of former CSX Transportation trackage in South Carolina, from the CSX interchange at Florence, to end of track at Bishopville. Primary commodities include agricultural products, chemicals, construction materials, fertilizers, minerals, plastics, pulp and paper, and steel and scrap. It handles about 30,000 carloads per year.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Helix, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): South Carolina, American Railways: South Carolina Central RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 13:36:00 ADT.)

HOn3 SCALE: Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

This is a design I did back in May of 2017 based on the 36"-gauge Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR running about 23 miles north from Colfax to Nevada City. I found an insurance evaluation map of Nevada City online, and first wanted to do only a "one station" layout based on just that location. With the help of another member of the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, USA (States): Nevada, American Railways: Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 17:37:20 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Soo Line (Branch Line & Interchange)

This concept design was done back in March of 2018 for an owner of a partially completed N-scale pike who has grown weary of the level of operations required on the layout. The N-scale layout occupied this space, but had been dormant for a few years. The owner was considering moving up to HO, and from modeling mainline operations to a more...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, American Railways: Soo Line



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:53:02 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Branch Line Railway

This design was just completed for a client that wanted to model a prairie branch line railway located somewhere in the province Saskatchewan. My client sees it as a former Canadian National line that was cast off during the 1990s, and its main customer is an ethanol plant at the end of the branch. The owner had a lot of structures already...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Saskatchewan, Types of Industries: Ethanol Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 20:16:54 AST.)

HO SCALE: Penn Central

The owner of this layout had a dormant model railroad in his basement that he started in the early to mid-1990's. He felt the space could be better used, and decided to start over from scratch if he could find a track plan that he liked. The space was quite long at 22½-feet with a 12½-foot height at the widest end, but it also had to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Mainline Trains, USA (States): New York, USA (States): Pennsylvania, American Railways: Penn Central

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