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Layout Size: Small Layouts

Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:07:35 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Soo Line Branch Line

Back in July of 2017, a member of a railway forum offered to send me something that I still needed for my On30 layout in exchange for my layout design services. At the time, I had pretty much all the motive power, rolling stock, and track that I needed, so I explain the situation, thanked him for the generous offer, and assumed that was the end of it. However, he...

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



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, October 02, 2020 at 23:59:34 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Canadian Pacific Branch Line

Many of my small layout designs focus on branch line operations that make it easier to portray in a small room. I also tend to make them as generic as possible so they are easily adapted to a variety of prototypes, and this design is a good example of that approach. This is an HO-scale design for a small end of a branch line operation that would easily...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: End of Line Station, Theme: Passenger Service, Canadian Railways: Canadian Pacific Ry



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 17:18:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Soo Line

In exchange for my layout design services back in July of 2007, a client offer to send me something that I still needed for my On30 layout. But since I had all the motive power, rolling stock, and track that I required, I thanked him for the generous offer, and thought that was the end of it. However, he insisted that he compensate me from my time, and the...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: End of Line Station, USA (Regions): Mid-West, American Railways: Soo Line



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 8:28:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO) at Sydney, Nova Scotia

The owner of this layout liked my plan for the Dominion Steel & Coal Corporation (DOSCO) in the 1950s, which was presented earlier on this blog (see this link). However, he wanted the era shifted to the 1980s, when the mill was owned by the Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), and he also needed the plan adapted to fit...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Single Industry, Canada (Provinces): Nova Scotia, Canadian Railways: Sydney Steel Corporation (SYSCO), Types of Industries: Coke Plant, Types of Industries: Steel Plant



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 19:41:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pel-State Industrial Lead

This modern era design was done for a client who is a professional railroader that wanted a modern era proto-freelance layout based on two industrial spurs in Shreveport, Louisiana where he works. The layout room was 10'6" x 11'6" and had a closet that needed access, but I could use a lift-out across both doorways. There are still a few...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Louisiana



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 20:04:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Pennyrile & Western Coalfield

This HO-scale design was done for a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group and his proto-freelanced Pennyrile & Western Coalfield Railway. The layout owner wanted a 1940's era layout based on a small town in western Kentucky where the economy is dependent on tobacco, corn, and coal. He planned to use small L&N or NC&StL steam...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Design Feature: Staging Yards, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Kentucky



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 12:16:42 AST.)

HO SCALE: Brownville & Ashland Railway

I recently did this track plan for a client, but only got around to adding the 3D work today. The layout owner wanted a design that depicted his fictional modern-era Brownville & Ashland Railway set somewhere in northern Maine. It was to occupy a footprint of 10x11 feet and the layout could run around all four walls of the space. My client also...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Maine, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 20:43:33 ADT.)

S SCALE: Texas & New Orleans Railway (Llano, TX)

This track plan was started back in June of 2020 in Proto:48, but my client decided to change to S-scale in September. The design is based very loosely on Llano, Texas in the 1970s and is meant to be built in two phases. The first phase consists of an L-shaped layout that includes the shelf on the north wall, and just a single switching lead/staging...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Branch Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Texas, American Railways: Texas & New Orleans Railway



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 19:06:08 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Langsport & Southern Ry

This design from February 2021 turned out much differently than my client initially wanted. When originally contacted, my client was only looking for a 1-turnout layout based on one of Lance Mindheim's track plans with a modern bakery as the single industry. During the discussion, I showed him my Sweet Tooth Bakery & Milling Co done in a 14x72-inch...

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TAGS: Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Switching Operations, Types of Industries: Bakeries, Types of Industries: Pulp and Paper Mills



Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Updated Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6:12:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Lobo Creek & Western RR

Now this design has quite a backstory that started in February of 2014. The first version of this design was done to fit on a 4x8 sheet of plywood, and it was based on a track plan that I had found on the Internet. After I posted my adaptation online, I was contacted in March (of 2014) by another modeler who wondered if I could fit the plan ...

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TAGS: Design Feature: Interchange, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway

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