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 20, 2018

Brian is modeling CSX in the Buffalo, NY area.  We were able to include some of the complex routings over the bridge at CP "DRAW" and a representation of the Niagara Branch along with a lot of opportunities for yard and industrial switching.  The railroad also includes...

December 29, 2017

Morgan wanted a relatively simple, one-level railroad where he could mostly watch trains roll.  This provides staging for up to six trains behind low barriers; trains can leave one staging yard, traverse the main, and end up in the other staging yard, then back behind...

February 19, 2017

A central staircase is a layout planner's best friend -- eliminating the need for a gate or duckunder even for a double-track nolix design like this one.  George's plan centers on York, PA in the 80s, with Conrail, NS, and CSX converging.

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August 10, 2015

This plan fits a nice representation of the northern half of CSX's KD Subdivision into a two car garage.  Brian wanted a steel mill, an engine terminal, a helper district, a long bridge over a river, a power plant with a rotary dumper that would actually dump coal from...

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.

June 9, 2015

Evoking the CSX line from Elizabeth through Ridgefield Park in northern New Jersey.  N scale allows a lot of action and even a full-scale version of the NJ turnpike in this modest basement room.

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February 9, 2015

It's not always easy to design for preexisting benchwork, but this one does a good job of representing the former Western Maryland route from Baltimore towards Cumberland focused around Hanover, PA.  A break in the backdrop allows a good version of the charmingly missp...

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...

June 29, 2014

This is one of three versions of this midwestern line connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati I have produced so far.  I did an N scale and HO scale version for Matt Allen, as well as this HO version for James Kirby.

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February 9, 2014

Always a bit of a challenge to design for already-completed benchwork, but I was pleased with this design for the former Western Maryland main from Baltimore to Cumberland.  Interrupting the backdrop made it possible to include a working interchange at the delightfully...

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