The authors describe their plan to add a hump yard to their layout. Includes a proposed track plan, and several layout photos.
After introducing his model railroading hobby history, the author describes his current 20'x20' S and Sn3, two-level layout. Includes photos of the current layout, still under construction.
Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.
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.
The idea is for a 45-degree wedges between two back-to-back layout levels. Includes a diagram to show the concept.
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.
This article presents the modular concept for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in S-scale. Includes a proposed track plan.
A track plan design idea for a 4'x8' layout using AF-compatible track.
Some Sn3 track plan ideas.
Erv Rahr sent in his proposed track plan, and Jeff offers his design ideas to improve the plan.
The author describes unfolding some basic rectangular track plans to create walk-in layouts.
The author introduces the article on the BC&G and why it is an excellent shortline to model in S-scale.
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.
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.
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.
How to decide which prototype railroad to model in your layout.
The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.
The author urges everyone to start considering getting away from the 4'x8' layout and the extremely-tight curves that such a shape requires in S-scale. He makes the point that even HO-scale modelers no longer use that default layout style.
The editor opines on what it might take to switch from a steam-era layout to a 1970s/80s-era layout in S-scale.
A busy trackplan with two competing railroads are discussed, with suggestions on how to model them.
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.
The author suggests the Winfield Railroad as a shortline that could be modeled in S-scale. It covers the purpose of the railroad, what kinds of equipment it used, and it includes prototype photos and a suggested track plan.
Various rough sketches are provided to give ideas on general track designs one could use in a bedroom, garage, or basement.
How to integrate industries that have a purpose into your layout's design. Several track plans for switching areas are included in the article.
The author shares a track plan converted to S-scale of an O-scale layout by draftsman J. Harold Geissel published in the August, 1939 Model Railroader.
The author presents an S-scale version of an O-scale track plan originally published by Model Railroader magazine in the 1940s.
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.
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.
The author helps dissuade negative thoughts that prevent people from building a layout.
The author presents the idea of a "train layout" as a 3D sculpture.
How to decide which curve sizes your layout needs.
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 author shares an introspective about the direction of his current layout.
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 author moved again, so the previously-shared layout design is revisited with some new ideas. Includes the new, new track plan.
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 hypothetical design and construction of a 12'x13' layout. Includes a track plan.
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 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 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.
A track plan with a bit of accompanying text shows an idea Roy Hoffman has for a Timesaver-based design for a home layout.
The author shares his thoughts about the compromises we all have to make when designing a new layout.
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.
The author shares a track plan he enhanced for Luther Stephens that measures 15'x22'.
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.
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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