Category: Model Railroad Design

No Time to Build A Layout?

Many modelers sit on the sidelines, feeling they simply don’t have the time to build a layout. I recently posted a blog on my business site discussing design strategies for dealing with the issue.

Removing Layout Design Blinders

Having reached the siding at the end of the branch on The Downtown Spur, the local has just performed a runaround move to prepare for the return trip in this June 2008 photo. This move is still required today to work the line. When it comes to layout design it’s so easy, as much as…


The timeless 80/20 rule, model railroad planning is not immune. All too often we have our 80/20 priorities backwards.  We spend eighty per cent of our time wringing our hands over what I would consider more tactical issues and only twenty per cent on the much more important strategic questions.  What curve radius to employ,…

New Design Blog Posting

I’ve just posted a new layout design blog on my business site HERE. For reasons that are understandable, many assume that I’m an advocate of small, switching layouts.  That’s not really true.  I’m actually  more of a proponent of layouts that are simple enough to build (and yet still interesting)  that  those on the sidelines…

Preparing Your Layout Room

I recently posted a blog about Layout Room Preparation Tips on my business site HERE. Preparing Your Train Room