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 15, 2019

Timothy had already built his benchwork and staging level, but asked me to help him with the visible deck.  It was necessary to loop the mainline back upon itself to get any kind of mainline length—something I usually avoid—but I was able to add some interest by hiding...

December 27, 2013

John wanted to model the Marshall SUb, which runs Northwest from Sioux Falls, SD up to a small yard in Willmar, MN where it joins the BNSF main line into St. Paul.
 

The staging scheme makes it possible to run and stage mainline trains around the perimeter of the room,...

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.

May 28, 2013

Another popular plan, published in Model Railroader, based on the BNSF and its junction with the shortline CDCS.

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