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.

December 31, 2019

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...

November 5, 2019

Somehow the Norfolk Southern's ascent of the Blue Ridge has not achieved the fame of other feats of railroad engineering, but it should not be so. On its way from Linwood, NC to Asheville the track ascends the Old Fort Loops, a series of hairpin turns that rivals the S...

August 31, 2019

Mark is building a massive Lehigh Valley railroad and asked for help expanding it to a dual level extension into his crew lounge.  Bottom layer represents the Easton & Northern out of Easton, PA, and the upper layer represents the Montrose Branch.

 

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September 15, 2018

Russell Sampson is a man after my own heart: he wanted a design very faithful to the prototype, representing a small slice of the real thing (in this case, the Western Maryland from Luke to Thompson, WV), and planned to use a helix for staging—perfect for open-top load...

May 20, 2018

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...

January 28, 2018

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...

May 20, 2017

Centered on the town of Pittsburg, KS where the KCS and former Missouri Pacific crossed one another, this plan provides lots of local switching opportunities on two decks.  We imported a downtown Kansas City flour mill in order to have more destinations for local grain...

May 20, 2017

Alastair Brown was inspired by the UP Caliente Subdivision plan published in Model Railroad Hobbyist, and wanted a version to fit his new train room.  Alastair lives in Scotland -- a bit of a piece from the UP home turf.

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February 19, 2017

A central staircase is a layout planner's best friend -- eliminating the need for a gate or duckunder even for a double-track nolix design like this one.  George's plan centers on York, PA in the 80s, with Conrail, NS, and CSX converging.

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November 6, 2016

Scott wanted to replicate the "Reading Rambles" of the 60s - fan trips behind steam that traversed a large loop including the Reading's Catawissa branch.  Not a lot of room in 3-rail O scale, but using may favorite staging-in-the-helix trick we made it work.

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