My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Layout Design

10 Tips of Staging Yards

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-07
Page:
78
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
The author provides some hints and tips for how he has dealt with designing and building a storage yard for his layout, covering benchwork, how to position turnouts, dealing with the height of switch motors and multi-deck set-ups, electrical connections, and occupancy detection.

5 Hot Micro-Layout Ideas

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-02
Page:
33
Author:
Carl Arendt
Description:
This article covers five small switching layouts. They are: loading beer at the Coors warehouse (uses a traverser table just like the prototype), the mighty micro helix (three-turn helix with a 6-inch radius), the 3-D sector plate (a movable piece of track that can be moved between three levels of layout), the audience-participation layout (allow them to create a part of the scenery of your layout), and the wall-mounted, flat-panel layout (a 3-D view of a small mining operation where cars are moved between levels).

A Modular Switchback Trackplan

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1973-09
Page:
47
Author:
Al Westerfield
Scale:
HO
Description:
A trackplan designed for HO-scale, could be built onto three two to two-and-a-half foot wide tables measuring no more than eight-and-a-half feet in length. It represents steep grades that run up into a mountain from a town below. Great for shays.

A New Tist On...

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
18
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.

A Perspective On Track Planning

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-09
Page:
24
Author:
William J. Beranek
Scale:
HO
Description:
The book "The V & O Story (How the V & O Was Built: How it is Operated)" by Allen McClelland, was the inspiration that got the author into the hobby.

A Perspective On Track Planning

Magazine:
YouTube Model Builders eMag 2016-11
Page:
28
Author:
William J. Beranek
Description:
The author describes common errors made by those starting their first layout track plan.

A Track Plan for the Keokuk Junction Ry.

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-07
Page:
76
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author presents his track plan for modeling the Keokuk Junction in a 14' x 22' space in S-scale.

An HO Track Plan For A Home Office

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-04
Page:
60
Author:
Jim Shaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 9' x 11' home office layout features two return loops, yet allows for easy access into the room's features and to the computer that is stored under the layout. The track plan includes a some yard and several sidings and spurs.

An Idea of Split Level

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 3, August 1988
Page:
10
Author:
Silas Kayle
Scale:
S
Description:
The idea is for a 45-degree wedges between two back-to-back layout levels. Includes a diagram to show the concept.

Coffee with Don Rosa

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-05/06
Page:
6
Author:
Don Rosa
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the new layout he is planning on building in some dedicated space. He is an American Flyer collector, as well as an A.C. Gilbert toy collector, so a space for the layout and his collections are planned.

Collaborative Design for Model Railroaders

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
51
Author:
Rob Clark
Description:
The author shares his experiences designing a layout in the UK that is based on a freelanced US-based layout, while having never been to the US. Feedback from people on the Internet allowed him to catch some mistakes, and fix issues before they became real problems.

Come-and-go Layout Design

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
118
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:
The idea is rather than modeling the entire layout, only show a portion of the layout and have staging or loops hidden from view. It is more of a theatrical experience to have trains appear and disappear. Although less scenery is necessary, still a fair amount of space is needed to implement these designs. Various track plan ideas are presented.

Design a Better Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
86
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
Article covers studying the prototype, preventing the spaghetti bowl layout, developing scenes, operations, providing people space, backdrops, staging, track interaction with roadways, viewing height, and sticking to your design criteria.

Developing an Industrial Scene...It's All About the Details Part 1

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2016-10/11
Page:
28
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
The author describes the Bemis Custom Plastics facility, and the team track siding found at their location. He next develops a plan for how to model that siding. Includes many prototype photos of the facility, and the sketch of a possible model layout.

Dinner in Dime Box?

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-01
Page:
122
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
A switching puzzle. Might be a good idea for adding to a layout.

E.B.T. in Sn3! Part II

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1997-10/11
Page:
23
Author:
Jack Bartman
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
In this installment, the author covers his design and planned operation for the new S/Sn3 EBT-based layout. Includes a two-page track plan, and several prototype photos.

Easements for the Learning Curve

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
11
Author:
Brian Scace
Description:
The author had people over to his layout to review layout-presentation ideas he has implemented. He learned to just watch what his visitors did to help improve his layout. Operating may be a way to extend the owner's enjoyment of his layout when the layout's projects are complete.

East Broad Top Underway

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 29, Number 3, June 2005
Page:
2
Author:
Keith Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
Some Sn3 track plan ideas.

Easy Real Railroads... Special Supplement

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
74
Author:
Robert Schleicher
Description:
Using photos from modelers' layouts, the author describes common patterns that prototype modelers use in their layouts.

Evolution of a Trackplan

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
67
Author:
Tom Hiscox
Description:
Tom discusses how his design for his layout evolved and what lessons he learned.

Finding That Perfect Track Plan

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 29, Number 3, June 2005
Page:
10
Author:
Gary McCullah
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes unfolding some basic rectangular track plans to create walk-in layouts.

Folding Layouts

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-07
Page:
41
Author:
John Ostler
Description:
A layout with fall-down hinged sections of track that are out of the way when the railroad is not actively running.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-04
Page:
18
Author:
David Lull
Scale:
S
Description:
Thought on how to combine HO- and S-scale into one layout.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1996-02
Page:
39
Author:
David Lull
Description:
Scene separation and view blocking is discussed.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1997-10/11
Page:
40
Author:
Dave Lull
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his process for coming up with designs for his new S-scale layout.

Grand Dreams in 50 Square Feet

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-01
Page:
97
Author:
Iain Rice
Scale:
O
Description:
Includes prototype narrow gauge photo from 1909.

How to Plan Your Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-06
Page:
70
Author:
David Barrow
Description:
Making a case for the linear, segmental layout design. Includes information about what prototype you want to follow, what type of operations do you want, and what kind of commitment do you want to make toward the layout.

Imagineering

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
59
Authors:
Rob Clark & Dave Meek
Description:
One of the authors shows how he accomplished scenery depth on a shallow-depth layout using the layering technique and forced-perspective. The other author has very deep scenes, but still allowed for easy access to all parts.

Interchange At RO Tower

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-07
Page:
44
Author:
Don Santel
Description:
Designing a large and small railroad interchange. Includes layout photos, and trackplans for the Lancaster, Ohio OM&SS - V&O interchange, and a small interchange.

Introducing the Allegheny Midland Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
88
Author:
Tony Koester
Scale:
HO
Description:
Tony describes his now famous AM, how he was inspired by Allen McClelland, the rational for the layout, and the track plan.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 29, Number 3, June 2005
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor opines on what it might take to switch from a steam-era layout to a 1970s/80s-era layout in S-scale.

Layout Design

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-04/05
Page:
18
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Scale:
S
Description:
The author visits Matt Gaudynski's layout, The Milwaukee Road Beer Line, where Matt describes how he went from layout-concept to benchwork of his operations-oriented layout. The article includes a bit of history of how the railroads built their lines to get out of Milwaukee. Includes track plan and many photos of the layout under construction. The layout has hand-laid track, N-scale Caboose Hobbies turnout throws, and NCE DCC.

Layout Plan for a Santa Fe Branch Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
56
Author:
John Armstrong
Scale:
HO
Description:
The late author discusses how he developed a track plan for a client, Jared Harper, to model the ATSF Alma District in a 13' by 19' space.

Layout Planning Fundamentals

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
66
Author:
David Popp
Description:
This introductory article covers how to design your own trackplan. It discusses dealing with curve minimums, turnouts, track centers, grades, clearance, and using templates.

Logging Modeling

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-05
Page:
110
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Description:
The author discusses options for modeling a logging railroad in several scales.

Mainline Through the Mountains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-04
Page:
61
Author:
John Armstrong
Scale:
HO
Description:
The master of track design discusses how he met his client's requirements for modeling a portion of the Southern Pacific's Shasta Route. The article includes diagrams for the mushroom-style, 22' x 45' layout.

Meet the Mushroom

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
80
Author:
John Armstrong
Description:
This article introduces the now famous mushroom design where both levels on a double-deck layout are at an ideal height simply by having a step-up platform for the higher elevation. The solution is embedded in an article about how he designed a large layout for one of his clients.

Modeling Railroad Competition Layout Design of the NEW and the O&LD

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 2, Spring 1983
Page:
7
Author:
Douglas Gurin
Scale:
S
Description:
A busy trackplan with two competing railroads are discussed, with suggestions on how to model them.

Modeling the Reading's Bethlehem Branch

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-08
Page:
75
Author:
Jim Hertzog
Description:
This article discusses this branchline. The author presents two track plan designs (one 22' x 22' and the other 11'' x 22'). Included are prototype photos and prototype track diagrams.

Modeling the Western Pacific Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-06
Page:
48
Author:
Jim Dias
Description:
This article covers how the author came up with a track plan based on the prototype. The plan is for a 16' by 20' HO-scale layout. Includes prototype and model photos.

Modeltopia

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
110
Author:
Tony Koester
Description:
What about modeling something that isn't possible in real life?

Mount Gilead, a Town on the Move

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-11
Page:
106
Author:
Michael Rogers
Scale:
HO
Description:
Designs for various custom modules that allow the author to build a layout that can be moved.

New England in a (Big) Bedroom

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
88
Author:
Michael and Jim Tylick
Scale:
HO
Description:
A large bedroom track plan modeling the Housatonic's Canaan to Pittsfield line.

New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
72
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Scale:
HO

Norfolk & Western's Washington Extension

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
82
Author:
Nathaniel Cox
Description:
This article proposes a 12' by 12' N-scale layout for modeling the N&W mainline in eastern Virginia in the early 1950s. Includes the double-deck trackplan, and a schematic map of the prototype area.

Planning a "Walk-in Island"

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-09
Page:
64
Author:
Chuck Cover
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes why he designed his layout the way he did featuring the PRR's Shamokin branch. It is an island design with several peninsulas.

Principals of Railroad Ownership

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 6, December 1989
Page:
5
Author:
Paul Riley
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his fictional model railroad history such that it fits the available equipment in S-scale, while still maintaining true to a prototype. A could-have-been, or might-have-been idea. Includes a track plan for his 25'x46' layout.

Railroading in 3-D

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-07
Page:
16
Author:
Jim Mansfield

Railroading in 3-D... More of the Story

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-08
Page:
53
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Scale:
HO

Railroading in 3-D... Putting it Together

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-09
Page:
53
Author:
Jim Mansfield

Railroading in 3-D... Putting it Together

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-10
Page:
20
Author:
Jim Mansfield

Rails Through Lake Country

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
82
Author:
Cyril Durrenberger
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author discusses the trackplan he developed for the Northern Pacific in Minnesota layout.

Reverse Running

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
142
Author:
Lance Mindheim
Description:
The author is making the case for designing a layout to only have one peninsula, rather than two or three, for the maximum straight track possible in a given rectangular room.

Reverse Running

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
159
Author:
Joe Fugate
Description:
Studying modernday railroading for the upcoming TOMA project, the author admits to being drawn to switching to a modern era.

Reverse Running

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
147
Author:
Joe Fugate
Description:
It is better to have a smaller layout that runs well than a larger layout that runs poorly, is the theme of this article.

S Track Planning Part 1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 29, Number 3, June 2005
Page:
8
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Various rough sketches are provided to give ideas on general track designs one could use in a bedroom, garage, or basement.

S Track Planning Part VI

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 1, February 2009
Page:
19
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:
The author presents an S-scale version of an O-scale track plan originally published by Model Railroader magazine in the 1940s.

S Track Planning Part VII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 2, April 2009
Page:
21
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff took an O-scale layout built by Frank Smith of New Jersey in the 1930s, updated the design, and scaled it to fit a 15' by 33' S-scale layout. It is an around-the-walls design intended for a basement. It looks like a point-to-point design, but a single hidden track connects the two ends to allow for continuous running.

S Track Planning Part VIII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 3, June 2010
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author revisits a design published in 2007 that is currently being implemented with some minor modifications. It is a twice-around loop with yard facilities spread out across two peninsulas.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 30, Number 5, October 2006
Page:
26
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:
The author presents the idea of a "train layout" as a 3D sculpture.

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 30, Number 6, December 2006
Page:
14
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
How to decide which curve sizes your layout needs.

Short Line with an Interurban Heritage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
104
Author:
Cyril Durrenberger
Scale:
HO
Description:
Valley City Street & Interurban Railway as an HO switching layout. Has some interesting track arrangements.

Single Era-Area Modeling - A Planning Decision

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
24
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author proposes ideas that can help you move from the collecting stage to the actual narrowing-down of items that you will really use on your "dream" layout.

Staging Solutions

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-04
Page:
90
Author:
Paul J. Dolkos
Description:
Various staging solutions are described, such as using cassettes, sector plates, turntables, and traversers.

Starters

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
36
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses the idea of a walk-around layout.

Starters

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
50
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses the pros and cons of having your layout up much higher so that you are more looking into the scenes, rather than over the layout.

Swapping Rails

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-01
Page:
10
Author:
Tom Troughton
Scale:
any
Description:
Sometimes the same track and buildings can be used to model in Sn3, On30, and HO.

The Appalachian Southern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
93
Author:
John Armstrong
Scale:
HO
Description:
A double-deck HO-scale layout for a medium-sized room.

The Central Vermont in N-scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
117
Author:
Iain Rice
Scale:
N

The Delaware & Lehigh RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
82
Author:
Bob Lutz
Description:
This design of a point-to-point layout features light bridge traffic and is set in the Delaware River Valley between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To simulate bridge traffic the author designed interchange boards to hold up to three 50-foot cars

The Hazzard County Short Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-10
Page:
90
Author:
Ed Sumner
Scale:
HO
Description:
A track plan and operational scheme for a 4x8 layout.

The Ideal Workbench

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-12
Page:
134
Author:
Peter Tuttle
Description:
Items to think about as you design space in your layout for your modeling construction.

The Lewisburg & Buffalo Valley Railroad

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-05/06
Page:
18
Author:
Joe Kimber
Scale:
S
Description:
This prototype railroad was narrow-gauge (42"), but the proposed track plan is for a standard-gauge version. Includes the track plan, and suggestions for how to build it.

The Lowell & Southern Railroad

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 5, October 2011
Page:
22
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Scale:
S
Description:
The idea and trackplan for the S-scale layout is based on a slightly-modified version of the real 5-mile shortline near Lowell, Illinois. Using a GE 44-tonner as the locomotive, the author describes operation, and the types of equipment that could be used on such a layout.

The Magic of Illusion

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-12
Page:
66
Author:
Sam Posey
Description:
The author describes, and shows through photos, what you can do to make your layout scenes seem larger than they really are, such as forced-perspective, accenting the vertical, capturing history, etc.

The Road to Enchantment

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
90
Author:
Don Mitchell
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes a potential track plan based on the Enchantment branch of the ATSF.

The Sierra Silverton RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
98
Author:
Robert W. Pethoud
Scale:
HO
Description:
An almost-around-the-room point-to-point layout with some interesting switching track.

The Southern Railroad of New Jersey

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2014-01/02
Page:
18
Author:
Joe Kimber
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the prototype railroad and then presents a 14'x16' layout design suitable for either American Models hi-rail or scale track.

The Story Behind the Bear Creek & South Jackson

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2009-01
Page:
14
Author:
Chip Engelmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
Chip interviews Charlie Comstock about his three versions of the Bear Creek & South Jackson, including how he set up some of his famous photo shots. The article is accompanied by track plans for his version 1 and version 3 layouts. A special diagram shows the space-saving wye.

The Third Street Industrial District

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
116
Author:
Bill Baumann
Scale:
HO
Description:
A hypothetical 2 x 10 foot switching layout is described here. There are 15 buildings, many of which are served by the railroad. The track plan was designed to allow for future expansion.

The Virginia & Truckee in N Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-04
Page:
92
Author:
Steve Riddlebaugh
Scale:
N
Description:
Model Railroader magazine invited people to submit their track plans for an N-scale layout that was no larger than 5- square feet and fit in a 12' by 16' area. This article is by the person who won the contest. The layout design is set in 1876 and models the shipping of gold and silver found in Nevada.

The Virginian in HO and N

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-03
Page:
97
Author:
Roger Marsh
Description:
The author provides suggestions for how to build a layout that does justice to the Virginian Ry in both N- and HO-scale. Includes a trackplan for both scales and prototype photos

The Yard is a Railroad Sorting Machine

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
24
Author:
Carl Swanson
Description:
Two of John Armstrong's model railroad yard designs are shown, while the author discusses the various functions that take place in a yard.

Total Layout Design

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-06
Page:
90
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
This article discusses some basics for designing satisfying model railroads. Topics covered are design decisions that affect operating and scenery.

Towards a New Penn Creek Valley Part II

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 28, Number 1, February 2004
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the thoughts he went through developing a design, track plan, and realistic integration of his layout into this available space (he had several options). Includes a sketch of the track plan.

Track Planning with a Computer

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
80
Author:
Marc Van Cleven
Description:
The author discusses how he used a CAD program to create the track plan for the current layout construction series of the BN N-scale layout. Two different layout ideas are discussed.

Track-plan Conversion from HO to S

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
20
Author:
Bill Stone
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes what it takes to truly and accurately convert an HO-scale track plan into an S-scale one. He provides several handy look-up tables.

Two Track Plans for an L-shaped Space

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-02
Page:
88
Author:
Ed Vondrak
Scale:
HO
Description:
Two track plans are described for building a switching layout in an L-shaped corner.

Urban Switching in HO

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
66
Author:
Mark Olstyn
Scale:
HO
Description:
A track plan of a 12 by 16 feet layout is presented that can be used for inner-city modern switching operations. It is a G-shaped design with a swing gate bridge.

What's Your Fantasy Quotient?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
8
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:
A bunch of California S-scale modelers got together to determine the fantasy quotient, which is not about how close your layout matches the prototype, but how close your layout matches your imagined eventual design.

What's Your Story

Magazine:
The Marker Lamp Vol 62 #1 2016
Page:
32
Author:
Blake Blogs
Description:
Developing a story behind your layout gives it purpose and meaning.