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.

David Rarig's Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Reading Division

This is a fairly pure treatment of the RBMN north of Belt Line Junction in Reading, PA up to Tamaqua – part of the Reading Ramble featured in other plans on these pages. David wanted all staging to be visible, so I placed single-ended yards on the outside of the plan facing into the room; they could even be tiered to show off trains waiting to enter the main part of the layout. The plan is triple-decked in spots! Download PDF

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