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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 31, 2019

Thomas has a unique and rather challenging attic space for his railroad.  We managed to make use of three of the dormers while retaining the out-in-the-country and largely tangent prototype from Southern Illinois.  Interestingly the staging wound up on the middle level...

May 28, 2017

Dennis grew up near Villa Grove, IL where the Chicago and Eastern Illinois maintained a compact yard and engine terminal.  This plan represents a number of the features of the prototype while including a couple of "modeler's license" elements meant to evoke Dennis' con...

August 10, 2016

It was an unusual shape - 4x14' island, with a couple of columns smack in the middle.  But I think we made it work.  I found the town of Effingham, IL, which features a junction between Scott's favorite Penn Central and Illinois Central, along with one of the shortest...

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