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 5, 2019

Somehow the Norfolk Southern's ascent of the Blue Ridge has not achieved the fame of other feats of railroad engineering, but it should not be so. On its way from Linwood, NC to Asheville the track ascends the Old Fort Loops, a series of hairpin turns that rivals the S...

May 5, 2019

A large sectional track plan, designed for preexisting benchwork.  This uses Kato Unitrak in N Scale.  Pravin wanted to model the large container terminals he passes on his way to work, so I based this very loosely on the Elizabeth-Newark area of New Jersey, borrowing...

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...

November 26, 2015

Here's an unusual one:  a small double deck design.  No room for a helix; Rav uses a cassette to stage cars and transfer them from lower to upper levels.  Still plenty of switching action available on this plan, based on Colfax, North Carolina.

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.

March 4, 2014

Another in my Hershey-inspired pikes based on former Reading Lines through  central Pennsylvania.  This design uses an unusual wye arrangement to turn trains on either end for staging; I thought it was good use of what otherwise would have been wasted space.



December 27, 2013

Mason wanted to model the Frankfort Sub in Indiana. This pure walk-in design includes a CSX interchange and working version of the connection to the Central Railroad of Indiana (CERA) in Frankfort.

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.

April 14, 2013

Representing a segment of the former Nickel Plate route connecting Ft. Wayne and Cincinnati.  This plan uses around-the-walls serial staging to represent points north and south, eliminating the need for grades at the expense of one behind-the-scenes diamond.

April 12, 2011

Perhaps my most famous plan, designed not for any other modeler but based on the proportions of my son's bedroom (sorry, kid...) this N scale bedroom-sized layout captures many of the iconic railroad features near Hershey, PA.  It was inspired by visits to Hersheypark,...

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