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.

November 21, 2018

A freelanced (what was your first clue) mining and logging railroad, designed to fit preexisting benchwork.

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December 25, 2017

A special building will be built to house this monster, a grand tour of some of the iconic locations of North American railroading.  It was a trick to represent Horseshoe Curve, Cascade Tunnel, Keddie Wye, Tehachapi Loop, and the spiral tunnels of Kicking Horse Pass on...

July 22, 2017

A square 10'3" on a side is not a lot of room for HO, even when a closet can be de-doored and added to the available space.  We squeezed a lot of switching and operational possibilities in by creating "around the walls" staging on a disguised twice-around scheme.  An e...

September 12, 2015

This compact design uses two hollow-core doors arranged into an "L" but – like Norm Wolf's Bowman Center, which inspired it - a cassette provides valuable staging and switch lead space.

December 28, 2014

A mini-sized layout fitting a number of craftsman kits into a 5x7' space.

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November 26, 2014

Ben is a collector and train-runner, so the goal was to create a design that would allow display and continuous running while retaining the possibility of a later interest in realistic operation.  Tehe railroad is being professionally built and trackwork is mostly comp...

January 10, 2014

The sloping ceilings of Jim's attic room provided some challenges for designing for the long trains and multiple engine terminals he wanted, but we did our best.  We also fit in several of the craftsman structures Jim is famous for. 

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October 20, 2013

This freelanced Norfolk Southern pike was designed to fit pre-built benchwork in Denny's attic.  We worked in a classic "loads-in/empties-out" scheme along with a lot of Walthers structures.

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