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...

September 16, 2015

I was pretty proud of this one, because Greg had a space with a lot of unusual obstructions, including low-hanging pipes and a narrow extension not big enough for a turnback loop.  By bending the Kingston yard a bit I created a triangular area that avoided the pipes an...

January 1, 2015

Duane needed to keep the central portion of his basement room clear until his children flew the nest; so we created two phases for this evocation of the Rochester, NY area.  The central peninsula would be moved from its original position to add more mainline.  The stee...

December 8, 2012

Joe – a member of the Scotty Mason podcast team – planned to model Brooklyn marine operations on a narrow apartment bedroom shelf.

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December 4, 2010

HO basement-sized plan for a fascinating segment of the Boston & Maine West End where the double-track main split, crossed over itself, and serviced a dual-level station in Hoosick Falls, MA. 

November 15, 2009

One of my earlier prototype-based plans. The perhaps overcomplicated staging allows representation of connections to the north and south as well as B&M to the east. 

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