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.

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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June 29, 2014

This is one of three versions of this midwestern line connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati I have produced so far.  I did an N scale and HO scale version for Matt Allen, as well as this HO version for James Kirby.

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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.

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