NASG Dispatch Articles: Layout Design

A Hump Yard for the Sacramento Division Part I

Issue:
2000 #1 February
Page:
13
Authors:
Vic Cherven, Jr. & Vic Cherven, Sr.
Description:

The authors describe their plan to add a hump yard to their layout. Includes a proposed track plan, and several layout photos.

A New Twist On...

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
18
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.

A Scale in Two Cities

Issue:
2004 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Richard Snook
Description:

The track plan for a small, standard- and narrow-gauge layout initially intended as the B.T.S. display layout, and designed to fit within the space of a show booth, while still allowing walk-around space.

An Idea of Split Level

Issue:
1988 #3 August
Page:
10
Author:
Silas Kayle
Description:

The idea is for a 45-degree wedges between two back-to-back layout levels. Includes a diagram to show the concept.

An S-Plan

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
20
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author shares a design of an S-scale layout that could fit in a 12'x13' spare bedroom. The article provides switching suggestions, construction methods, and covers control and scenery topics.

An S-Plan

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

This article presents the modular concept for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in S-scale. Includes a proposed track plan.

Easiville Shortline RR

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Paul Raham
Description:

A track plan design idea for a 4'x8' layout using AF-compatible track.

East Broad Top Underway

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
2
Author:
Keith Thompson
Description:

Some Sn3 track plan ideas.

Finding That Perfect Track Plan

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Gary McCullah
Description:

The author describes unfolding some basic rectangular track plans to create walk-in layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author introduces the article on the BC&G and why it is an excellent shortline to model in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

For those who just switched to S-scale, here is a reality-check, and a prioritized list of how to go about getting started in designing and building a layout in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Using the rough lengths of a 10-car train in S-scale, one can figure what will and what won't fit in a layout space before beginning the benchwork.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author makes the case that good track planning is a skillset lacking in the world of S-scale modeling. He lists some good designs, why some designs are bad, and tips on how to improve a design.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

How to decide which prototype railroad to model in your layout.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
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.

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

Issue:
1983 #2 Spring
Page:
7
Author:
Douglas Gurin
Description:

A busy trackplan with two competing railroads are discussed, with suggestions on how to model them.

Principals of Railroad Ownership

Issue:
1989 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Paul Riley
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.

S Track Planning Part 1

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
8
Author:
Jeff Madden
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

Issue:
2006 #1 February
Page:
17
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

How to integrate industries that have a purpose into your layout's design. Several track plans for switching areas are included in the article.

S Track Planning Part VI

Issue:
2009 #1 February
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

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
21
Author:
Jeff Madden
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

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
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

Issue:
2006 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author helps dissuade negative thoughts that prevent people from building a layout.

S Tracks

Issue:
2006 #5 October
Page:
26
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author presents the idea of a "train layout" as a 3D sculpture.

S Tracks

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
14
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

How to decide which curve sizes your layout needs.

Single Era-Area Modeling - A Planning Decision

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Jeff Madden
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.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2003 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

A recent move has prompted the author to start a new narrow-gauge-focused layout. In this column, he reviews the things he learned from his previous layout, and the plans for the new one. A track plan is included.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author moved again, so the previously-shared layout design is revisited with some new ideas. Includes the new, new track plan.

The Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
10
Authors:
Brooks Stover & Jeff Madden
Description:

A complete history of the BC&G railroad, a description of Brooks Stover's 32'x28' layout, prototype photos and track plans, and two suggested S-scale track plans for modeling this railroad, are covered in this article.

The Eastport & Highland

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
19
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The hypothetical design and construction of a 12'x13' layout. Includes a track plan.

The Lowell & Southern Railroad

Issue:
2011 #5 October
Page:
22
Author:
Robert Nicholson
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 Pine Creek Railroad

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
13
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The track plan included with this article shows an S-scale layout designed for a 12' x 13'6" spare bedroom, and thoughts on how to build it.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2004 #3 June
Page:
8
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author continues his layout design ideas for an East Broad Top-based Sn3 layout (see June 2002 Dispatch). Includes a map, several prototype photos, and several track plans.

Timesaver Switching Layout

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
9
Author:
Roy Hoffman
Description:

A track plan with a bit of accompanying text shows an idea Roy Hoffman has for a Timesaver-based design for a home layout.

Towards a New Penn Creek Valley

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author shares his thoughts about the compromises we all have to make when designing a new layout.

Towards a New Penn Creek Valley Part II

Issue:
2004 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
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 Part III

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
13
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author shares a track plan he enhanced for Luther Stephens that measures 15'x22'.

Track Planning Part IV

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author takes an HO-scale plan and converts it to a 20'x14' S-scale version. He provides a description of what could be used to implement it in S-scale.

What's Your Fantasy Quotient?

Issue:
1987 #1 Winter
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.

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