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, 2017

Alastair Brown was inspired by the UP Caliente Subdivision plan published in Model Railroad Hobbyist, and wanted a version to fit his new train room.  Alastair lives in Scotland -- a bit of a piece from the UP home turf.

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October 26, 2014

The former Southern Pacific crossing of the Cascade mountains is one of the most famous stretches of mountain railroad in the world.  This is one of two versions I designed; the other was an HO version for John Caffarelli.

March 22, 2014


I developed two plans for the UP's route from Des Moines north to Nevada, IA.  This is the HO version.

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February 8, 2014

Casey wanted to model a portion of the Union Pacific's "Spine Line" north of Des Moines.  It fit nicely at one end of a 10' wide room, including a faked representation of the junction with the transcontinental main at Nevada.  Use of a "mole" arrangement for staging el...

June 13, 2011

A true "mushroom" plan made possible by Leo's desire to model the south (downstairs) and D&RGW in Colorado (upstairs).

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August 29, 2008

An early and perhaps ill-advised plan based on the crossing of the joint UP/CSX main line and Kankakee Belt Line in Momence, IL.  The idea was to make the benchwork high enough overhead to allow no-stoop access to both sides of the junction.  Perhaps someone will give...

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