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.

Marc Goldstein's Toronto Terminals

This plan is based on Toronto Union Station and the sprawling coach yards at Spedina that once surrounded it. It is a "partial mushroom" plan with a raised floor in one aisle to maximize the run in a relatively small room. One of my few passenger-focused plans. It was published in the June 2016 Model Railroader. Download PDF

Brian Bland's Chessie System West End

In Brian Bland's world, the Chessie System is still operating the famous B&O West End. Who am I to argue? This "nolix" design climbs steadily westward so there are actually three levels including the mine complex at Shinnston. It uses an inside-out return loop at the top level for western staging.

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