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.

Tom Orlando's Eastern Pacific RR

Tom had no particular prototype in mind for his "retirement railroad," (thus the tongue-in-cheek name) but wanted a double track-main and the ability to see trains "cross over one another" along with logging and coal industries. I designed a SP-flavored pike with a double-track mainline upon which trains use a "high line" and "low line" to conquer a grade, resulting in said crossing over.

Brian Becker's Buffalo Terminal RR

Brian is modeling CSX in the Buffalo, NY area. We were able to include some of the complex routings over the bridge at CP "DRAW" and a representation of the Niagara Branch along with a lot of opportunities for yard and industrial switching. The railroad also includes opportunities to expand into an adjacent room at the right.

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