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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.

September 16, 2015

I was pretty proud of this one, because Greg had a space with a lot of unusual obstructions, including low-hanging pipes and a narrow extension not big enough for a turnback loop.  By bending the Kingston yard a bit I created a triangular area that avoided the pipes an...

September 13, 2015

This is based on the "back side" of the hill approached on the east side by the Horseshoe curve from Altoona and through the famous Gallitzin tunnels, which serve as the eastern entrance to staging.  We had to incorporate two swing bridges to maintain access to both ro...

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.

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