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.

May 28, 2017

Dennis grew up near Villa Grove, IL where the Chicago and Eastern Illinois maintained a compact yard and engine terminal.  This plan represents a number of the features of the prototype while including a couple of "modeler's license" elements meant to evoke Dennis' con...

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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