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.

April 5, 2020

Bob Ullrich took a shine to the B&O plan I developed for Larry Vandusen.  The space was different enough that I proposed redesigning it overall, but a number of the components remained the same.  The large open space in the center was left for a crew lounge; putting th...

May 18, 2019

Focusing on Baltimore and tracks in the streets, this plan adds some flavor of Brunswick in a buildable single deck plan.

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December 5, 2014

In Brian Bland's world, the Chessie System is still operating the famous B&O West End.  Who am I to argue?  This "nolix" design climbs steadily westward so there are actually three levels including the mine complex at Shinnston.  It uses an inside-out return loop at th...

November 3, 2014

Jim's benchwork was already built (like fine cabinetry) so we had to fit this version of the B&O Old Main Line to it.  We managed to include signature scenes of this, the oldest mainline in the U.S.

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September 20, 2014

Mike wanted a good representation of the B&O – both the main line and the Old Main Line running west toward Frederick, MD.  Took me four drawings to get it all in.

July 1, 2004

One of my earliest, and the first to be published in Model Railroader.  It probably would benefit from a larger room.


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