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.

August 10, 2016

It was an unusual shape - 4x14' island, with a couple of columns smack in the middle.  But I think we made it work.  I found the town of Effingham, IL, which features a junction between Scott's favorite Penn Central and Illinois Central, along with one of the shortest...

November 26, 2015

Here's an unusual one:  a small double deck design.  No room for a helix; Rav uses a cassette to stage cars and transfer them from lower to upper levels.  Still plenty of switching action available on this plan, based on Colfax, North Carolina.

September 12, 2015

This compact design uses two hollow-core doors arranged into an "L" but – like Norm Wolf's Bowman Center, which inspired it - a cassette provides valuable staging and switch lead space.

June 9, 2015

It's only 6x8', but it packs in three railroads, interchange, an intermodal yard, auto unloading, staging, and a few industries to boot.  Thank you, N scale.

December 28, 2014

A mini-sized layout fitting a number of craftsman kits into a 5x7' space.

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July 5, 2014

After relocating to an apartment, Norm had to restrict his layout to the size of two hollow core doors.  He identified the Bowman Center, an industrial park south of Fredericksburg, VA as his prototype, and I persuaded him to add a detachable staging cassette to one en...

December 8, 2013

While working on John's home layout we did a modular version of the same prototype for his Scout troop to build.  This 8-module plan is  designed to HO modular standards.

August 11, 2013

Ed had already built one leg of this "L" and wanted something to enhance operations from the other end.  We added a short stretch of the narrow gauge and a transfer shed.

December 8, 2012

Joe – a member of the Scotty Mason podcast team – planned to model Brooklyn marine operations on a narrow apartment bedroom shelf.

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