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.

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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July 5, 2015

With access to a back room and the compact size of N scale we worked in a functioning wye to this prototype-faithful version of Mansfield, Ohio. 

 

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March 30, 2015

This room-sized N scale plan captures the operations of two railroads near Perry's home town.  It was written up and featured in the December 2016 issue of Model Railroader.

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October 8, 2014

This plan, representing Contrail's branch south of Lock Haven, PA was featured in Model Railroader in June, 2015 and also in a 3D version on MR Video Plus.

July 12, 2014

A continuation of my series of Reading-area plans.  This relatively compact plan works in a lot of mainline using behind-the-backdrop staging.

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