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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  8:13:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I was asked to share some of my layout design ideas, and figured that this would be a great place to do it. I have been designing layouts since about 1996 and since then, I have always used 3rd PlanIt from El Dorado Software.

Designing layouts is how I get to enjoy this hobby and I have designed quite a few layouts for a few people over the years. I also designed a lot of plans for myself when I found a new prototype I liked, or found a track plan that I wanted to try to adapt to my space.

I am slowly working my way thru some of those older layout files and bringing them up to my current design standards and when they are ready, I will post them on here. I also have a few newer files that I think are ready to be published online, so I will start with a few of them. My only hope is that maybe someone can get some ideas from the designs, since it would be nice to know they helped someone.

I also have an open offer to anyone wanting some help with the design of their next layout, or an expansion of a current layout. I am willing to help draft up some of your ideas and even give you some input if you're looking for some honest feedback on a design.


INDEX TO LAYOUT DESIGNS:

Page #1:
On30 - WATERFRONT: Keg Harbour & Saco River Railway (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - DISPLAY: Display Layout for Structures and Scenery (4'0" x 12'0")
HO - SHORTLINE: Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway (14'0" x 22'0")
On30 - MINING: Northern Pacific Mining Company (12'6" x 13'8")
HO - SWITCHING: Switching Layout (6'0" x 12'6")
N - BRANCHLINE: Branchline Railway with Interchange and Stagin (6'0" x 14'6")
HO - STEEL MILL: Dominion Steel & Coal Corp (16'0 x 16'0")
HO - LOGGING: Redwood Lumber & Timber Company (10'0" x 13' 6")

Page #2:
HO - LOGGING: Morgan Falls & Little Trinty - Double Deck (20'0" x 20'0")
HO - SHORTLINE: Went Nowhere & Cameback Railway (15'0" x 25'0")
On30 - WATERFRONT: Waterfront and Ship Building (7'8" x 9'2")
HO - SWITCHING: LA Junction Railway - Double Deck (10'3" x 13'10)
HO - SWITCHING: L-Shaped Switching Layout (9'0" x 10'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Switching Layout with Interchange (4'0" x 8'0")

Page #3:
HO - MAINLINE: Modern Mainline Railroad (14'0" x 18'6")

Page #4:
HO - BRANCHILE: Branchline with Interchange (6'0" x 10'0")
HO - COAL HAULER: Sydney & Louisburg Railway (24'0" x 24'0")
On30 - SHORTLINE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co (10'10" x 12'6")

Page #5:
On30 - SHORTLINE: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co (Continued ...)
On30 - INDUSTRIAL COAL HAULER: Cow Bay Railway (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - SHORTLINE: Visalia Electric Railroad (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - SWITCHING: Canadian National Sydney Sub (6'0" x 12'6")
Proto48 - FERRY OPERATION: Canadian Pacific Rail Barge Scene in 3D (3'0" x 10'0)
HO - MAINLINE: New York Central System (14'5" x 16'0")
HO - SHORTLINE: Arizona Eastern Railroad (12'0" x 19'6")
On30 - SHORTLINE: Cairo and Kanawha Railroad - Double Deck (9'3" x 22'8")
HO - SWITCHING: Canadian National Ry Kingston Sub (9'0" x 12'6")

Page #6:
HO - STEEL MILL: Sydney Steel Corporation (4'0" x 10'0")
HO - MAINLINE: Canadian National Sydney Sub - Triple Deck (9'6" x 23'6")
HO - SHORTLINE: Wincrosse & North Lake Railway - Double Deck (11'0" x 16'0")
HO - BELT LINE: Port Arthur Belt Line RR (17'6" x 42'6")
N - COAL HAULER: Appalachian Coal Hauler (6'0" x 6'8")
HO - SWITCHING: Modern Switching Line (1'6" x 16'0")
HO - SINGLE STATION: Single Station Branchline (1'6" x12'0")
HO - MAINLINE: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Railway (10'10" x 12'6")
HO - SWITCHING: Canadian National Ry Kingston Sub in 3D (9'0" x 12'6")

Page #7:
On30 - LOGGING: Logging Railway with Small Sawmill Operation in 3D (2'10" x 14'6")
HO - MAINLINE & BRANCHLINE: Main and Branchline Operations - Double Deck (15'0" x 25'6")
On30 / On2 / Sn2 - MAINE TWO-FOOTER: Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR - Double Deck (42'0" x 42'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Industrial Switching Line (10'0" x 12'0")
On30 - COAL HAULER: Red Hawk & Beckton RR (18'0" x 24'0")

Page #8:
HO - YARD: Small Yard & Engine Facility (2'0" x 7'0")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Branchline, Small Yard & Engine Facility (14'0" x 14'0")

Page #9:
On30 - LOGGING: Sissiboo Lumber & Railway Co. (10'0" x 13'6")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Branchline Operations (10'0" x 12'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Single Station Switching (9'0" x 11'0")

Page #10:
HO - SWITCHING: Switching Layout with Small Yard (2'0" x 12'0")
On30 - SHORTLINE: Bishop Creek & Sierra RR (9'0" x 20'0")
HOn3 - SHORTLINE: Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR *14'0" x 15'0")

Page #11:
HO - BRANCHLINE: Soo Line (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Canadian National Ry Musquodoboit Branch (10'6" x 12'6")
On30 - SINGLE STATION: Sydney & Louisburg Coal & Railway Co (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - SINGLE STATION: Central Pacific / Southern Pacific (2'6" x 5'0")

Page #12:
HO - SWITCHING: Small Switching Layout with Cassette Staging (1'6" x 6'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Timesaver Plus (1'0" x 5'0")
HO - ISLAND: Engine Terminal, Small Yard, and Coal Mine (4'0" x 8'0")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Soo Line (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Santa Fe San Jacinto District - Tripple Deck (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Pembroke & Western RR (10'6" x 12'6")
On30 - SINGLE STATION: Juniper & Alamosa Valley Ry in 3D (2'0" x 12'0")

Page #13:
N - ISLAND: Central Alberta Ry (2'6" x 6'6")
HO - SWITCHING: Micro Switching Layout with Staging (1'0" x 4'0")
HO - SINGLE STATION: End of Line Terminal (610mm x 1700mm / 2'0" x 5'6")
HO - ISLAND: Central Ontario Ry (4'0" x 20'0")

Page #14:
HO - SWITCHING: Pacific Electric Lines San Fernando Orphan Spur (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - SWITCHING: Industrial Switching Layout (1'6" x 12'0")
HO - SINGLE STATION: Guysborough & Eastern Shore Ry (10'6" x 12'6")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Port Arthir Belt Line Ry (13'0" x 15'0")

Page #15:
HO - SINGLE STATION: Guysborough & Eastern Shore Ry (6'0" x 8'0")
HO - BRANCHLINE: Soo Line (9'6" x 12'0")
HO - ENGINE TERMINAL: Medium Sized Steam and Diesel Engine Terminal (8'0" x 15'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Industrial Switching Layout (2'0" x 12'0")
N - COAL HAULER: Western Maryland (12'0" x 17'6")

Page #16:
On30 - LOGGING: Black Bear Logging in 3D (2'0" x 9'0")
On30 - MINING: Lingan Colliery Railway (2'6" x 12'0")
On30 - LOGGING: Logging Railway with Small Sawmill Operation (2'6" x 12'0")
HO - DISPLAY: Battery Point Yard (2'6" x 12'0")
HO - SINGLE STATION: End of Line Station (2'0" x 12'0")
HO - SWITCHING: Industrial Complex (2'0" x 8'0")


INDEX TO STRUCTURES:

Page #15: Fish Cannery on Wharf (39'0" x 100'0")
Page #16: Saw Mill Complex
Page #16: Coal Dealer

Take care,
Rob.

Edited by - robchant on 11/26/2017 12:05:01 PM

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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  8:16:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My first layout is the On30 Keg Harbour & Saco River Ry to fit my spare bedroom. I love Maine 2-footers and waterfront scenes, and wanted to see how much waterfront I could squeeze in a small room.





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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  8:25:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This next one was recently completed for another member of this forum that wanted a simple display layout for his structures and scenery with some limited switching.





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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  8:40:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A HO-scale Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Ry layout designed for a garage.







Edited by - robchant on 01/01/2018 09:54:57 AM

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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  11:01:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This simple layout (originally designed for another member of this forum) is set amongst the redwood trees of the pacific northwest. I have a strong love for Shay locomotives (especially 3-truck Shays) and side dump ore cars, so this line rosters quite a few. The Shays spend their day hauling ore down the steep grades to the small yard, then non-geared locos take out the loads to staging.




Edited by - robchant on 01/01/2018 10:22:19 AM

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robchant
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Posted - 03/07/2014 :  11:54:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another member of this forum contacted me about designing a switching layout for him. He was pretty sure he knew what he wanted in the space. After I designed a layout the way he described, I then sent him my idealized use of his space and this was the result.




Edited by - robchant on 01/01/2018 10:42:33 AM

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  08:06:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
All of these look like they'd be fun to build and operate. I especially like Keg Harbour.

Mike


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robchant
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  08:37:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

All of these look like they'd be fun to build and operate. I especially like Keg Harbour.

Mike




Hi Mike, the Keg Harbour plan is actually my current favourite as well. I have been really thinking about changing to On30 ever since seeing all the On30 work being done on here. Take care, Rob




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Titus
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  08:59:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Titus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rob, These are really nice. That first one in particular -- Keg Harbour & Saco River Ry -- really stands out to me (granted the 20"R is going to be tough on equipment but that can be tweaked with).


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  11:13:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rob,

Narrow gauge in any scale is tempting. Sometimes seems getting equipment would be easier than the pre-1900 period I try to do. I'm pretty heavily invested in HO standard gauge with a lot of scratchbuilding. Some of my model rr friends look at my layout and think it's narrow gauge because of the small rolling stock and my use of code 70 rail. Ironic.

Mike


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robchant
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  3:05:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This actually started as a different design for a member of this forum who wanted a mid-west themed L-shaped shelf layout with a car float. After designing the layout for him, I reworked the design to compact it a bit more into the 6' wide space.




Edited by - robchant on 01/01/2018 10:56:42 AM

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robchant
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  3:07:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Titus

Rob, These are really nice. That first one in particular -- Keg Harbour & Saco River Ry -- really stands out to me (granted the 20"R is going to be tough on equipment but that can be tweaked with).



Hi Titus, I'm glad you like the plans. Thanks for the feedback, Rob.



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robchant
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  3:09:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Rob,

Narrow gauge in any scale is tempting. Sometimes seems getting equipment would be easier than the pre-1900 period I try to do. I'm pretty heavily invested in HO standard gauge with a lot of scratchbuilding. Some of my model rr friends look at my layout and think it's narrow gauge because of the small rolling stock and my use of code 70 rail. Ironic.

Mike




Hi Mike, I'm actually at the clean slate stage right now. I sold off all my HO stuff and I am starting fresh. The problem is that I like too many things to settle on just one. Take care, Rob.



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robchant
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Posted - 03/08/2014 :  8:38:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few years ago I fooled myself into believing that I knew enough about making steel that I could actually build a layout to represent the industry. I did a bit of a research and knew I wanted to include as many steps in the process as I could. I not only wanted the blast furnace, but also the import system for the raw materials and waste disposal as well.

At this time DOSCO imported iron ore from Newfoundland by boat, coal for coke came off the S&L Railway and everything else came in via CN, with out-going shipments leaving by CN and by boat.

What would make this layout fun to operate are the routes needed to get the raw material from their import points, to where they are need and returning empties on the reverse path. I designed the layout so most raw materials would have to take quite a convoluted path thru the plant, since there are not a lot of short cuts. This layout could certainly keep a few operators busy for a few hours.




Edited by - robchant on 01/01/2018 11:28:38 AM

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robchant
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Posted - 03/09/2014 :  12:03:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This was originally designed for a member of this forum a few years ago. His space was more limited than I have here, so I reworked the plan so I could 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.




Edited by - robchant on 01/30/2018 08:52:50 AM

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cajon
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Posted - 03/09/2014 :  6:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Send cajon a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Rob
Really like your Keg Harbor & Saco River Ry plan. Really like seeing On30 at the MR shows, especially when switching!


Andy Jackson
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