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Articles: Operating Small Layouts

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:49:00 ADT.)

N SCALE: Central Alberta Railway (A Beginner's Layout)

Back in August of 2018, I had a request to do a prairie branch line in N-scale that had to include a simple grain elevator scene, and a small rural town scene. The client left it up to me the exact dimension of the layout, but he wanted it as small as possible. He also wanted Atlas code 55 track used, and he insisted on having...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Fiddle Track, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 21:16:11 AST.)

ARTICLE: Operating possibilities on a small, continuous run layout

This design was part of a double deck N-scale layout using hollow core doors, done for a member of another railway group in 2010. The upper deck represented an unrelated coal mining branch in British Columbia, and was a very simple design. The upper deck/door was supported by sides made of ¾" plywood, and the backdrop...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Alberta, Articles: Operating Small Layouts



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



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 5:43:18 ADT.)

ARTICLE: Branch line operations on a 4x8 sheet of plywood in HO Scale

Back in April of 2019, I was asked to design a HO-scale layout on a 4x8 sheet of plywood based on the same operating scheme that I proposed for use with my Central Alberta Railway (CARY) design. For those not familiar with my CARY track plan, it was an N-scale layout I designed back in 2010 using a hollow core door. How that layout was operated was partly inspired...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Canada (Provinces): Ontario, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry, Articles: Operating Small Layouts

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