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.

Derek Pittman's Updated CN Cobourg

As he is building, Derek simplified the original design for his version of Cobourg, Ontario; so he asked me to revise the plan to reflect the changes. You can follow Derek's progress on his Facebook page. Download PDF

Thomas Austin's Missouri Pacific Joppa Sub 1979

Thomas has a unique and rather challenging attic space for his railroad. We managed to make use of three of the dormers while retaining the out-in-the-country and largely tangent prototype from Southern Illinois. Interestingly the staging wound up on the middle level, allowing the lowest deck to be reserved for track-for-track representation of two large coal mines. Follow Thomas' blog for voluminous prototype information. Download PDF

Timothy Pecha's BNSF NW Pac Division

Timothy had already built his benchwork and staging level, but asked me to help him with the visible deck. It was necessary to loop the mainline back upon itself to get any kind of mainline length—something I usually avoid—but I was able to add some interest by hiding half of the eastern end return loop. I gave it a little Washington state flavor with the town names. Download PDF

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