Track Plans Gallery

On this page you can view many of the layout designs I have created for other modelers in recent years.  You can use the filter buttons and site search to locate plans by scale, prototype, state, size, and other characteristics.

I use a simple 2D CAD program called MacDraft to do my layout planning.  It is not specialized for model railroading, but I've been using it a long time and it meets my needs.

Here are a couple of resources that you can freely download and distribute for non-commercial purposes:

Bob's Track Planning Questionnaire is the document I use to gather basic information for designing a plan.  It might help you organize your own "Givens n' Druthers."  It's a fillable Microsoft Word doc.

Bob's Curve and Grade Calculator is an Excel spreadsheet with multiple tabs.  It can calculate the length of tracks at various curve radii and grades, along with train lengths and other functions for N, HO, S, and O scales.  Have fun.

Union Pacific Caliente Subdivision

This plan for the Union Pacific mainline through Las Vegas, NV was done to fit my daughter's bedroom and later published in Model Railroad Hobbyist. If I had it to do again, I would not use 24" radius for a modern-era minimum radius – but it is a lot of railroad for the space. Download PDF

Dave Insley's Colonie Eastern

HO basement-sized plan for a fascinating segment of the Boston & Maine West End where the double-track main split, crossed over itself, and serviced a dual-level station in Hoosick Falls, MA.

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