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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:34:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Cat Mountain Line

These two 2'x4' On30 portable modules were done for a client's freelanced Cat Mountain Line. The narrow gauge railway runs from a small seaport out into the mountains to a mine in the pacific northwest sometime between 1930 and 1950. My client wanted the layout to include a pier, single track car ferry, mine, simple...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Modular Benchwork, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Switch-Back, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Coal Mines, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 15:46:30 AST.)

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: 3 - Turnout Layout, 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 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 Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 14:50:14 ADT.)

HO SCALE: 22nd Avenue Warehouse & Freight District

I recently started going through my old 3PI layout files, and I remembered this design as soon as I opened the file. I played with this for fun back in 2000 and it was my adaption of a track plan that I found online. The original design was for a 1-foot by 4-foot space, and used a track arrangement very close to...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Car Float, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): New York



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, January 01, 2020 at 8:04:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Black Sand Mining & Timber Railroad

For me, one of the most enjoyable side effects of designing layouts is learning new things. And while designing this layout, I learned a lot over the last month and a half. For starters, I never knew that Platinum could be recovered from beach sand. And since I had to build the equipment required to do that in 3D, I also had to learn how...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Theme: Waterfront, USA (States): Oregon



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:56:40 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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at 9:41:50 AST.)

HO SCALE: Terminal & Tidewater Switching

I started this more or less for fun back in February of 2018, just to see what I could do. It was inspired by an article in the September 1947 issue of The Model Railroader. ["Terminal and Tidewater Switching Facilities Give This Layout an Interesting Touch" by Charles Small. MR, Sept., 1947, page 725.] While the article...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Cassette Staging, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Park / District, Theme: Switching Operations, Theme: Terminal Railway, Theme: Waterfront



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 10:18:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Guysborough & Eastern Shore Railway

This design was done for a client back in August of 2017. The client wanted a single station sea port layout with schooners and steamers. He was mostly interested in passenger traffic, but also wanted a few industries to switch. The design had to fit in a 10'6" x 12'6" room that also had a work bench and he needed lots of room for storage under...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Wharves



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:13:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: South Rochester & Eastern RR

This was done for a client who wanted a generic urban switching layout in a New England mill-town setting with just enough action for two operators. He had found a track plan online that he liked, and wanted it adapted for his slightly larger space. His list of Givens & Druthers included several large industries to work, and a minimal of track...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Design Feature: Urban Scenery, Layout Size: Medium Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Waterfront, USA (Regions): New England



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9:05:00 AST.)

HOn30 SCALE: Marble Mountain Quarry Company

I was asked by Marshall Stull to come up with an entry for a challenge he has opened on his Small Model Railroads website. The challenge was to design a micro layout to fit in 13" x 9" x 9" helmet display case that he had just purchased. Since I have never designed a layout for such a small space, I was intrigued by the idea...

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TAGS: Design Feature: 3 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Turn Table (Train Length), Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Theme: Waterfront, Types of Industries: Quarries

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