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Layout Size: Small Layouts

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, January 04, 2020 at 11:33:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Redwood Lumber & Timber Co

This layout was originally designed for a client a few years ago. His space was more limited than what I show here, so I reworked the plan to relax the design a bit. For a small layout, it packs a lot of scenic punch. Operations consist of Shays hauling logs from the loading point at Camp #1 down to the sawmill. Non-geared locos then handle the finished lumber from the mill to the wharf for export.

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Types of Industries: Logging Camps, Types of Industries: Sawmills



Posted in Articles by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, May 24, 2021 at 15:52:57 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: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, 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: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Switching Operations, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Canadian National Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Monday, February 03, 2020 at 12:04:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Sissiboo Lumber & Railway Company

Here is another design for an On30 logging line. This layout was designed for a client back in May of 2017 that was only interested in building dioramas and mini-scenes, so he considered the it to be a non-operating layout. The owner already had a collection of structures to use and wanted a minimum amount of track, but the design had to include...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Logging Railway, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Types of Industries: Logging Camps, Types of Industries: Sawmills



Posted in My Projects by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, February 06, 2020 at 21:28:03 AST.)

PROJECT: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company

I had a few inquires about the status of my Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Company retirement layout, and a few other people asked for an update on the project. I currently have about 75% of all the materials needed to build the triple-deck design. I had to import almost everything from the US, and with the weak exchange rate, I already...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Train Elevator, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co, My Projects: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, February 07, 2020 at 7:53:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Prairie Dog Central Railway

I designed this for a client way back in August of 2000. Back then I wasn't doing a lot of 3D work, so the layout had to wait 20 years for me to finish it. At the time, the owner wanted a layout depicting a Canadian prairie setting, and wanted to run both diesel and steam. Although meant to be purely fictional, his premise was based on the Prairie Dog Central...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Canadian Prairies, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Theme: Steam Excursion Trains, Canada (Provinces): Manitoba, Canadian Railways: Prairie Dog Central Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:44:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Sacramento Northern

This design was done for a client back in May of 2018 who wanted an HO-scale layout to fit in his spare bedroom plus it's closet space. The layout was to be set in northern California sometime during the fall in the 1930s. Since this was my client's first room-sized layout, he didn't really want anything too complex, but he did...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Car Float, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): California, American Railways: Sacramento Northern



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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 04, 2021 at 7:41:02 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Ry (OLB)

This is my version of the Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Railway (OLB), "The Big Red Line", which still operates in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, as a 2-mile long Class III switching railroad. The line interchanges cars with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and serves industries such as Ag Processing, Inc., ADM Farmland, Snyder...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Nebraska, American Railways: Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 7:19:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Iowa Branch Line Railway

This modern-day prairie branch line railway was done for a client back in March of 2019. Originally he had seen an N-scale layout I designed to fit on a hollow core door, and he wanted to try and duplicate that in HO-scale on a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I knew that it would be impossible to give him everything he wanted in such a limited space, so I...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, USA (States): Iowa

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