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.

October 31, 2016

Rich had most of the benchwork built before coming to me for a design.  He had very specific ideas about where towns and – most important – full-scale replicas of iconic bridges along the Clinchfield's main line from Erwin, TN to Elkhorn City, KY.  He was a little stuc...

July 5, 2014

After relocating to an apartment, Norm had to restrict his layout to the size of two hollow core doors.  He identified the Bowman Center, an industrial park south of Fredericksburg, VA as his prototype, and I persuaded him to add a detachable staging cassette to one en...

March 20, 2011

Norm had already built most of the benchwork when he asked me to design a representation of the famous junction between the RF&P (now CSX) and C&O in Doswell, VA.  Designing a live junction is always a challenge, but given Norm's very modest space we made it work.  An...

November 28, 2009

This N-scale plan is a geographically-correct version of the NPBL in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  It was published in the May, 2012 issue of Model Railroader.

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September 4, 2007

My second published track plan. I originally entitled it "The Hunt Country RR" because this line runs through the incredibly scenic Hunt Country of northern Virginia, site of many wine tasting expeditions and other adventures.

It violates my usual practice of trying to...

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