YardMaster Layouts

These layouts were introduced with version 6.4, Oct 2016.  They can be found in the layout chooser under YardMaster.  For more, see the YardMaster page.

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1 20th St.Yard - 1960 8 x 53 This is another intense switching layout. This one is inspired by a Swedish modeller named Stein Jr. who, due to his limited available space, concentrated on getting the maximum amount of switching into as realistic setting as possible. The time period modelled is the mid-1950s steam to diesel transition era in an eastern American city. The 20th Street Yard is a small 3 - 4 track space in a compact industrial zone which features several small light manufacturers.

The 20th St. yard is usually almost empty and is used by the local switch crews to stage their various shunting moves.
1 Ajax Junction 6 x 23 The Ajax junction is an imaginary meeting point in central Pennsylvania between the PRR and the NYC in the late 1940s. Both railroads have customers in the town and work them, while they deliver cars to the interchange tracks for each other.
1 Belmont Turn 6 x 26 This shelf layout, set in the steam to diesel transition era of the 1950s, focuses on a Swift Meat Packing Plant. There are also several other medium industries in town requiring regular service. All traffic enters and exits the modest town of Belmont from the staging yard on the east side.
1 Browning Street Zone 3 x 27 Browning Street Zone is a small modular layout with an extension for added staging. It would be a good layout to practice your switching skills.
1 Burnt Cabin 2 x 19 This modular layout is based on Robert Pethoud's Fall Creek Branch which appeared in the March 2016 issue of Model Railroader. This plan incorporates a TimeSaver puzzle with some more generous space allotments. The time period is early 1900's when steam is KING and small towns lived or died based on rail connections.
1 Cedar Creek Industrial Park 4 x 38 Cedar Creek is a mid-sized city on this branch line which sees daily switch services from either east or west ends. It also has an PRS interchange track in the centre of its town. The PRS has track rights to run directly into Cedar Creek a couple of time per week to drop off a block of cars for the local tramp to spot at customer locations in town. The PRS will also pick up any outbound cars spotted on track PRI before its arrival and then head home eastbound.

Your RS 3 local tramp will start its first trip into town, travelling light, from the West Yard. It will switch all industries and continue to East Yard to pick up any new cars bound for Cedar Creek there.
1 Chexton Industrial Estate 3 x 28 This Estate is an fictional commercial zone in a large metropolitan area in the UK which is still being served by rail in the early 1960s. This module displays some light industries which generate suitable mixed goods traffic.

This zone is being serviced by a small BR shunter located in the East Yard. As driver, you may need to put together your train from the labeled cars standing on the East Yard roads. Once you head out, you will also need to pull any cars which are labeled.
1 Echo Jct 8 x 40 Echo Jct. is part of an NYC branch which terminates at a junction point with the Penn Central. It has its own small yard, engine facilities including a small roundhouse. The town also features a few local customers who depend on good rail service and connections to get their products to market.
1 Freezer Burn 2 x 9 This plan is from CJ Freezer's Track Plans for Various Locations by PECO, used with permission [July 2012]. It is based on his Plan 30 for a terminal branch station in central England. Like many of Freezer's plans the focus is on operating some goods and passenger trains in some very restricted spaces.
1 Grove Bay Jct 4 x 38 Grove Bay Jct. is an imagined connection between the Milwaukee Road and the Wisconsin Southern. The Grove Bay Turn does a daily run into town to switch the local industries and to service the interchange with the Wisconsin Southern. The main traffic generator is the United Co-op Mill which ships 6 - 8 loads daily. Your first task is to switch the mill - pull the loads and drop the empties. Then move on to the rest of your switch list.
1 Hiawatha Ave. 2009 4 x 125 This is the protoypical configuration of the track work and the industries located along Hiawatha Ave., Minneapolis, MN. in 2009. A few of the grain elevators are now empty and no longer rail served, but there are still 2 large mills to switch and a few other smaller industries as well. The typical "mill job" would see the switcher arrive at the west side from the main yard 2 miles distant. It would spot 20 - 30 hoppers at the mills and pull about the same number of loaded hoppers. At the same time, there was always some other cars to pull and spot at the other industries.
1 IOTA 2 x 9

This version of Iota closely follows Andrew Martin's layout of the same name, with the exception that a yard & interchange were added to enhance OPS capability. The Pedlar comes into Iota and must work through its cut of cars needing to be spotted or pulled.  It must also run the covered hoppers through the Eagle Flour Mill [maxmium speed is 5 mph] and then deal with them per their updated shipping labels.

1 Iron Bridge 9 x 14 Iron Bridge is a small fictional seaport town with a coal dock and a fuel depot to service on a daily basis. As well there are a couple of marine type industries to switch. Your incoming cars will come off the Main East yard and you will need to use the yard on the plan to sort your train before delivering the cars per their routing labels.
1 Jamestown 10 x 18 Jamestown is a fictional branch line off of the Norfolk Western RR during the late steam era. The town switcher services all the local customers and returns the empties back to the main NW yard on a daily basis. There is also a small NW train which hauls cars destined for Jamestown up to the runaround track where the town switcher takes charge of them.
1 Judson Valley 6 x 37 Judson Valley is a busy "bridge" hot spot at the mid-point in a large division of a class 1 railroad in the US north east in the modern era. Judson Valley has a small "sorting yard" from which it services its varied customers. A significant amount of their rail traffic involves moving cars both east and west to the larger division yards.
1 Latchford 6 x 50 Latchford is a well equipped station /terminus complete with car shops and good sized engine and goods sheds. There are also ample local merchants to make things interesting.

Your initial switch list will include BOTH passenger and goods vans to be shunted. You may choose to send some passenger trains on their way and to bring the suburban trains to the platform area. All engines arriving in Latchford should use the platform "escape" track after disembarking passengers to proceed to the turntable for water & coal and to set the engine in the correct direction for the return trip.

After completing this work, you would then proceed with the goods wagons to spot and pull at the various siding required.
1 Marplain Terminal 3 x 14 Marplain Terminal is N scale switching layout, designed to fit on a shelf. We added a fiddle yard to the right hand side to make OPS interesting and varied. There are several medium sized industries in this middle American town set in the early 1950s
1 Meafurst 2 x 16 This modular layout represents a branch off the main Santa Fe line in the early 1960s. It represents a mid-sized town in the US northwest with a few small and medium light industries which are still being served by rail. There is a small city yard, West Staging and an SP interchange on the west side of the layout. While on the east side you will find the East Staging area.
1 Minnesota Transfer Railway 4 x 23 This shelf type layout is inspired by the late Stein Rypern's 32 St. Yard. Stein was a big believer in providing lots of OPS in a small space. SteinJR, as Rypern was known on-line, provided many practical and sensible designs on bulletin boards in Europe and also for Model Railroader and the Layout Design SIG.

The Minnesota Transfer Railway was exactly that. It serviced a few customers while mainly spending its efforts forwarding cars along their journey once they reached the MTR's home turf
1 Mount Brydges Branch 2 x 31 The Mount Brydges Branch is a fictitious line off of the New York Central RR in upstate New York. It services several mixed light industries and a small sorting yard in the town. The Branch has connections to the east for New York City and, in the west to routes heading to Chicago. There is also an interchange on the west side of town which handles some daily traffic flow to the Penn Central RR. Passenger service has ended but local freight traffic is still robust. Your ride today is a SW 1 known as the "Blue Liner".
1 Progressive Rail - Airlake MN 3 x 16 Progressive Rail, a shortline serving northern Minnesota, services all of the major industries within this business park in AirLake MN. Most of the industries are focused on natural resource and petroleum based production and generate regular traffic daily for the PGR.

This modular layout is based on a George Baustert design of the Progressive Rail Terminal. This current version includes a runaround track which the prototype does NOT have and, it also includes a designated Interchange track to the CPR within the layout itself.
1 Stearns 11 x 16 This modular layout represents a fictional short line branch off the main C&O line in the early 1960s. It depicts a mid-sized town in the eastern US with a number of small and medium light industries which are still being served by rail in this time period. There are 2 small staging yards at either end of the layout whihc represent "far away" customers / suppliers.
1 Switching Black Label Brewery 6 x 23 This plan is an adaptation from Model Railroader's article - Industries You Can Model: Brewery. The plan depicts the various buildings which make up a typical large scale brewery. There is a separate Coal House to receive the fuel to power the other buildings. The mid-sized grain elevator stores various grains, hops and malts used to make ale. A corn syrup facility provides the color and sweetener for the ale. The heart of the operation though is the brew house and the bottling plant/warehouse. There are specifc tracks dedicated to each of these specialized buildings which keeps the brewery switcher busy shunting cars onto and off of the property all day long.
1 Taylorville 9 x 16 Taylorville is a shelf layout depicting a small mid-west town with a small staging yard and several agrarian based businesses and some light manufacturing industries for the local switcher to service. The runaround limits your moves so careful planning is essential/
1 UP Switch Challenge 1 x 9 This shelf layout, based on a design by Andrew Martin, represents a common site in many North American cities and towns, namely a small industrial area with some rail served industries and limited track space. Careful planning will be required to complete the various switch moves here.
1 Waterloo spur 5 x 23 The Waterloo Spur,as depicted here,is a fictional extension off the CN mainline which runs through the area. The time period is the early 1950s. There are several local light industries and a small grain elevator along the line for you to switch on a daily basis. Most of the pick ups will be returned to Brenner Yard [BY] before being routed elsewhere. On the east side of the layout, there is also a connection [GEX] to the Brampton Branch where you may find some additional cars to spot on this spur.
1 Weatherbee St - Detroit MI 4 x 62 This industrial spur is located nearby Weatherbee Street in Detroit Michigan. There are 5 active customers - PDI plastic pellet transloading spot, Pillsbury , a scrap yard, Detroit Mill Supply and a building supply yard. This spur is switched twice weekly by the shortline DCRR. All incoming and outgoing cars are routed to the Staging Yard
1 Windemere 4 x 49 Windemere is a mid sized city in the American industrial heartland. It has a number of small and medium rail served light industries. To assist with your pulling and spotting of cars, all industries are laid out in alphabetical order.
1 Worcester Street 2 x 29 Worcester Street is a modular layout representing a ver industry intense zone in a larger American city. Your assigned cars will be found at the Worcester St. yard on the right. You will have a small industrial yard to temporarily store cars as required.
1 Zone 4 Lubbock Tx 4 x 25 This shelf layout is based on the CLIC chart for a smallpart of Lubbock Texas in the late 1930's era. The largest customer is West Texas Compress with fairly regular daily traffic. This zone is handled by a small switcher running out of the main yard a few miles to the west.
2 Alcos in the Alcove 10 x 16 This is a shelf layout design from Byron Henderson which appeared in the July, 2009 issue (#3) of Model-Railroad-Hobbyist media-zine. Byron combined operating fun and modeling challenge in a 3' x 5' space.

This plan is based on the Sturtevant, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee Road station which is a unique design since it served two different MILW lines at a near 90-degree crossing. It's also fairly large for a station, so Byron decided to place it at the far corner of the alcove shelf. This allowed him to provide just the suggestion of a crossing line without using much space. Since he wanted more of a granger theme, he included an ADM Grain Elevator, a County Co-Op along with a small manufacturing plant - A.C. Brown Manufacturing.
2 Anchor Bridge Route 20 x 36 Anchor Bridge Route [ABR] supplies a link for a two shortlines and services an interchange with the Chesapeake & Ohio. The ABR provides service to its on-line customers while moving the freight for its larger regional carriers. All the industries in each town are labeled to match the alpha designation for that town. This should assist you when putting your train in delivery order.
2 Assegai Kop 5 x 12 The railhead at Assegai Kop is the interchange for dispatching copper ore mined on the Kop to Port Elizabeth. All trains climbing the Kop must use an articulated engine. Short trains are the norm and you may need to run more than one train to complete your switchlist.

The term Kop in Afrikaans means a Terraced Hill or a Peak, the Boers named Assegai Kop after the short throwing spear used by Zulu Warriors.
2 Block Line 20 x 32 This plan is an adaptation of Greg Johnson's Clinton Branch which appeared in the Layout Design Journal. The layout represents a portion of the busy industrial area near Vernon California in 2005, where there are numerous trains running in all 4 compass directions. The largest area customer is the ADM Flour Mill which receives about 30 loads daily. The remaining customers are all light industries with regular but smaller traffic demands.
2 Chesterton 8 x 20 Chesterton is a fictional city located in the industrial heart land of the UK midlands where goods traffic remained a vibrant part of the railways' business so that there is a daily run of a unit train of aggregates from the quarry and cement hoppers from Tri-Mix Cement. The West Chester shunters will handle yard duties and will switch all industries from Abbott Engineering through to Durham Fine Furniture. Before the end of their shift, they collect all cars bound for western ports and deliver them to the staging roads for further processing.
2 Chicago Industrial 11 x 19 Based on and adapted from a Google roadmaps view from 2005, this layout depicts the South Woodlawn and South Dorchester Ave. industrial area in Chicago. It includes all of the actual industries which the Norfolk Southern serves in the area. We have added an interchange with the Chicago Belt Line Railway which moves cars to the many yards in the immediate Chicago metro area.
2 Clappison Junction -Enlarged 11 x 20 Clappison Junction is nearby a cricital interchange point on the WNR with the larger SP network. There is a small yard and a few industries to serve, with the largest customer being a small coal mine. Still there's lots of action and switching duties to be performed.
2 Clayton 11 x 32 Clayton is a typical, modern mid sized city with a small yard from which the local crews work to switch the various light industries and food service facilities located within its city limits. You will need to make good use of the passing sidings to complete your switch assignments
2 CNR Port Dover 40 x 61 From the late 1890s until the late 1940s, Port Dover, Ontario was a thriving mixed agricultural area with a large fishery noted for its perch, smelt and cod from Lake Erie. The Newburgh Fishery was the town's largest employer and consisted of the large fish factory and related ice plant and cannery to assist in shipping their products throughout Ontario and into the US border states. Other local industries included a lumber supply firm, the Matthew Wells Pickle factory [seasonal business]and the Ivey Company, noted for its roses in particular and flowers in general [another seasonal business]. Local businesses in town shipped and received their goods either via the freight house, or for larger quantities via the Team Track. Passenger traffic even at this time, was sparse and CN serviced the area with mixed trains by adding a coach or two to a regularly scheduled freight run.
2 CSX Mindheim Branch 7 x 11 This layout is basically a scenicked version of Lance Mindheim's "My Time" layout. Lance is a strong believer in the value of simplicity when it comes to model railroad design. Visit his website at www.shelflayouts.com.

Your CSX switcher starts out in the Staging area and drags its cut of cars down to Mindheim Yard where goes to work blocking and classifying the cars. It then leaves the yard, switching industries up and down the branch until it reaches the peninsula. At that point the engine runs around the train and makes the return trip. Since runarounds are far apart, careful planning of your switching sequence is the key to success here.
2 Desmond 7 x 30 The town and yard at Desmond served a mixed industrial, agricultural and resources based branch line in the mid 1940s. The branch has 4 switching zones- (a) for the engine shed and freight house (b)for light industrial (c)mixed agriculatural and industrial sites and (d) a small coal mine. There is no passenger service in this area at this time.
2 Dilligence 12 x 18 I wouldn't be surprised if you have never heard of the Dilligence division of the British Columbia Railway. The branch serves the town of Dilligence which lies somewhere to the west of Quesnel and somehow never quite made it on to the maps of Cariboo country. The period is the early 1970's just after the BCR took over from the Pacific Great Eastern.
2 District Blvd Vernon CA 19 x 64 This would be a room sized layout based on switching tasks which play out daily on the Los Angeles Junction [LAJ] which is a bridge short line RR linking the BNSF and the UP at Vernon CA.

LAJ has two yards simply named A and B Yards. On the right side of this plan is a portion of B Yard which is where cars bound for local industries off District Blvd. are sorted and put into the correct blocks by the yard goats.
2 ffarquhar 7 x 11 Ffarquhar was the home layout of the Rev W Awdry, author of the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series of children's books. Ffarquhar station was a removeable section which regularly toured the exhibition circuit and is currently preserved at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum at Wharf Station on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales.

To adapt the layout for TrainPlayer we have taken some liberties with the fiddle yards but the main scenic section attempts to replicate the original track arrangement.

Thomas's branch line runs from Knapford to Farquhar via Elsbridge. All trains run chimney first towards Ffarquhar and bunker first when returning to Knapford. You start your day in the Fiddle Yard at Knapford Junction and are responsible for all traffic on the branch. All cars displaying labels should be pulled and spotted on the tracks with the corresponding labels.
2 Foxfield Green 15 x 16 Foxfield Green is a fictional branch off of British Railways. It represents a mid-sized town in south east England with a number of small and medium light industries which are still being served by rail in the late 1940s era.

You can choose to run whichever shunter you wish. Your switch list assignment may require you to travel the entire layout to complete your task.
2 Gobblers Knob 13 x 25 Gobblers Knob is a fictitious subdivision of the 2ft Gauge SR&RL Railroad extending north from Bigelow to service the sawmill complex at Gobblers Knob and to connect the railroad to the slate quarrying industries in the northern mountainous region of Maine. Outgoing traffic is comprised mainly of pulpwood and slate, and the Aherne Slate Quarry requires copious amounts of sea sand to be brought in for slate polishing.
2 Greenwood 10 x 15 Greenwood is an important sub on the Erie RR which has a interchange with the nearby PRR and several important local customers. AAA Cattle sends 4 loads daily to market via the PRR. The Ice House supplies the ice blocks for the reefers bound for the Meadow Dairy. This dairy ships milk and dairy products to market daily via the Erie and receives a couple of cars daily as well. Garner Lumber serves a growing local market and can receive 3 or 4 loads daily in season. Ideal Hardware primarily receives and stores products bound for local businesses by truck. The largest customers in town are Madison Mill which receives 4 - 6 loads of raw materials daily and ships 4 - 5 loads of finished goods daily as well; and Lawson Foundry which receives coal and ships steel plates and rails.
2 Klose Korners 5 x 8 Klose Korners is a whimsical corner layout plan, depicting the end of a subdivision. A lonely SW1 switcher handles the meagre switching duties in this late 1950s era town.
2 Marsville 16 x 18 Marsville represents a small industrial area near Vernon CA in the modern era. to the south is the main Marsville Yard where traffic will enter and exit from this zone. There is also a small yard to the north end for car cleanout and inspection before re-assignment. The light and medium industries are typical of the ones found in this vicinity.
2 Midthorpe Branch 13 x 18 Midthorpe is based on a Trainplayer layout originally designed by B Pigozzo in July 2013, modified for YardMaster in August 2016.

Your day starts in the staging yard which represents the junction with the mainline.
You are responsible for all traffic movement on this Branch Line.
2 Muncaster Terminal Railroad 5 x 19 This "around the walls" shelf layout was designed with point-to-point operations in mind. There is a staging yard at one end and a classification yard at the other. In between there is a distribution centre,the largest industry on the layout, a Team Track with crane and ramp for unloading, a textile mill, a scrap yard, a Soda pop bottling company, a lumber supply and a bakery. There will be enough rail traffic to keep you busy and interested. Enjoy!
2 Orchard Park Zone 15 x 16 Orchard Park is a small industrial zone on the Penn Central RR,near Buffalo NY set in the late 1930s. It is serviced via Orchard Park Yard and has a nearby, off plan interchange with the New York Central.
2 Palace Rd. Wharf 13 x 18 This layout is inspired by Andy Sperandeo's First and Alice Street Yard in Model Railroad Planning 2014. The setting is the mid 1950s when the Alice Street Yard was a self-contained industrial yard of the Santa Fe, serviced only by ferry barge, that served a handful of clients in Oakland, California.

We have changed that concept by 'obtaining track rights' from the SP to share a small yard some distance from Alice St. In this version, the ATSF found a couple more on-line customers, the car ferry is down to only 2 tracks and the Sunset Lumber Mill is gone too, replaced by a ferry storage track.
2 Port Byron 11 x 16 This layout grew out of a Byron Henderson design - 6th Street Job, San Jose CA which is included in our Featured Layouts\Byron Henderson Designs folder.

One of the largest customers on this railraod is National Gypsum which proto-typically world would receive / ship about 50+ loads a day. For this model, that is scaled down to about 10 daily loads.The local industries all generate a few loads per day. The other large customers are served at the Team track and LCL load area and the Atlantic Trading Co. which receives a wide variety of loads bound for overseas shipment.
2 Sebring Branch 17 x 21 This eastern US short line layout depicts an entire branch line by folding track back on itself in an "out and back" mode. The main Sebring Yard is located on the bottom left side of the plan. Trains leaving the yard quickly disappear into a tunnel and emerge out on the branch to do their work.
2 Stillwater Sub 20 x 40 This point to point layout is a fictional depiction of a branch of the CBQ going west to Minnesota in the steam-to-diesel transition era of the 1950s. The line starts at the Stillwater Yard and winds its way through the countryside and services several medium light and heavy industries along the way, before reaching Parkdale. There is an interchange with the CNW where cars are exchanged 3 days per week.
2 Sumner Division 28 x 66 Sumner Division is a fictional part of the Kansas Dakota Railway [KDR]. Its largest customers are the United Co-op and Victory Coal which generate many car loads daily. As well, there are over 20 other light and medium industries which require rail services. Also, there IS an interchange with the CNW about the mid-point of the division.
2 THB Dundas Branch 18 x 23 THB Dundas Branch is a fictional representation of the Toronto Hamilton Buffalo RR track work through the countryside around Hamilton. Several of their main customers are depicted on this late 1940s era layout. Your switcher will have to make up its train from cars waiting in the main yard and then deliver them to the THB's on line customers, while at the same time, retrieving cars which need to be either cleaned or forwarded to other destinations.
2 vernon ave - vernon ca 8 x 34 This would be a room sized layout based on switching tasks which play out daily on the Los Angeles Junction [LAJ] which is a bridge short line RR linking the BNSF and the UP at Vernon CA.

LAJ has two yards simply named A and B Yards. On the right side of this plan is a portion of A Yard which is where cars bound for local industries off Vernon Ave. are sorted and put into the correct blocks by the yard goats.

This is a tough simulation to master but the crews on the LAA deal with it every day!
2 vista verde 14 x 15 This room sized layout with a peninsula is based on Lance Mindheim's Waterfront plan. The layout features several typical dockside and nearby light industries. New cars ordered enter the scene from either the staging yard to the north or via the interchange yard to the south.
2 Waite Business Park 22 x 26 Waite Business Park represents a modern commercial, industrial estate setting in the US north east with a transload centre and several medium sized rail-served industries. While on the plan, the Carson Yard and the PC interchange look to be very close, they are actually miles away. But to achieve some realistic operations activities we have compressed the scene accordingly.
2 Woody Glen 6 x 62 This is a fictional layout in north eastern Maine and, as its name implies, the main industry is a pulp and paper mill. The wye junction splits Woody Glen into 2 sides - the factories to the east and the paper mill to the west. There are 2 switch back tracks which may cause some grief, but using either the yard hog or the town switcher, you will service all industries in Woody Glen per your switch list..
3 Avast Line 22 x 28 This narrow gauge layout is based a timber and mining line in the western Colorado mountains. Steep grades abound and the result is shorter trains or a larger one with helper service. There is a mixed train run which stops at every station along the route. The main yard is located in Antigo and there is a western terminus beyond Glenburnie. Finally there is also a short interchange with the GWR at Avast.
3 BCR Dawson Creek 39 x 109 Timothy Horton's BCR Dawson Creek layout is the direct inspiration behind this plan. Tim's layout was featured in Model Railroader and you can read all the details of Tim's layout on his web site here: http://www.bcrdawsonsub.ca/. While Tim's layout is a 2 deck, around the walls plan, we have put all of his sub onto one level and have added a couple of mines where his helix would have been located.

As Tim noted 'The 61 mile Dawson Creek Subdivision was a perfect fit. In 1977 trains were anywhere from 5-25 cars in length and required 1-3 locomotives. The typical consist was a microcosm of the mainline trains: trailers, lumber, wood chips, ore and grain. The yards at Chetwynd and Dawson Creek were reasonably compact and could be modelled with limited compression, and there was significant scenic interest along the line.
3 Bowden Turn 20 x 42 The fictional Fox River - Bowden Turn starts at a smaller division point yard where trains are built and sent north and southbound. Bowden is at the far east of the division. From its small facilities, it send out a daily tramp to stop at the various towns and terminates at Fox River where it "turns" nad heads for home again.
3 Brookline 39 x 79 This club sized layout is based on a fictional city in the US north east in the late 1950s. There are several large heavy industries as well as assorted small industries located in this area. There is decent sized Staging Yard at the bottom of this plan and a large Interchange/Staging yard on the left hand side as well. This will ensure a good flow of cars for your industries and lots of variety for your switch chores.
3 Clearwater Sub CSX 24 x 28 This large layout, set in the modern era, is inspired by Lance Mindheim's various layouts based along the Florida east coast line around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Many of the industries revolve around the mainstays of the local economy - fresh fruits and vegetables, with a sprinkling of light manufacturing and service industries.
3 Crossing the BAR 35 x 36 The Bangor Aroostock Railway [BAR] served as a bridge route between Canadian railways and their US counterparts in Maine. The BAR was also noted for hauling potatoes to markets in Boston and New York in insulated boxcars from 1895 to the late 1950s. Throughout its history, the BAR also did a lot of business with several sawmills and pulp and paper plants which dotted its operating area.

For freight OPS, the St. Regis Mill is one of the BAR's largest customers and it generates incoming chemical and log loads and outbound loads of woodchips and paper products. A switcher out of the Searsport yard services this mill with cars from staging. There is also a daily BAR tramp freight which provides service to industries in Caribou and Presqu'ile as well as Dawkins and the MEC Interchange in the south.

You will likely need to perform both of these roles to complete your switch task.
3 Frisco Central Division 53 x 102 This is a modular FREMO style layout with plenty of operational potential based on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway [SLSF], also known as the Frisco, which operated in the Midwest and South Central U.S. from 1876 to April 17, 1980

In the era we're trying to depict - 1965 - 1980, freight haulage provides the majority of the Frisco's revenue. The chief industries were the oil fields near Tulsa, coal at Coal Creek and some lumbering and grain operations as well. Fort Smith had a sizable yard in the Frisco's Central divison and much of the coal and lumber passed through this yard on its way to its end market. There are dedicated, coal and lumber drags along with mixed way freights for you to operate.
3 GTW Pontiac Line 28 x 32 The Pontiac Line of the GTW travels west from Detroit to Chicago, through the industrial heart land of Michigan. The area is decorated with all types of secondary industries which feed into the area's giant auto manufacturers. Your day will take you from the Detroit staging area through this zone and heading west.
3 Hagersville Branch 15 x 18 The Hagersville Branch of the CPR during the 1900 - 1930 period generated lots of resource loads, principally cattle and grain for the CPR. At the same time, as the area expanded, the demand for equipment, building supplies and essentials grew as well. This provided a good flow of inbound traffic for the railway.
3 Jonesbury District 23 x 78 Jonesbury District is a point to point layout. Formerly a double decker plan, we have redesigned the layout to a single level to facilitate a more complete operations plan. Cars are moved between Ekland Yard on the top left in an westerly direction headed to Jonesbury yard on the east side of the layout. There are 3 major customers - Farmers Co-op, Triangle Plastics and Marden Cement whose daily needs are handled by a unit train out of the Jonesbury Yard. Along the route there are several light and medium industries to be switched by the daily way freight.
3 Llareggub 10 x 26 Llareggub is a fictional 2ft gauge railway set in the North Wales hills. It was built to carry roofing slate from the quarries at Cefn Ddu to the sea at Llareggub and Porth Rhisiart. Although slate traffic still travels this route, the Standard Gauge railway has now arrived at Alt Yr Eryr. This has generated a completely new outlet with fish from the ports and produce from the dairy being routed through the transfer yard at Allt Yr Eryr to all the major cities of England.

You start and end your day in the Engine Shed at Allt Yr Eryr. If there are trucks in the transfer roads, or wagons in the local yard requiring moving you should start with them. If not you should head out for Llareggub or Porth Rhisiart to collect loads for the interchange and empties for the quarry. Don't forget to check the quarry branch for outbound traffic at Cefn Ddu.
3 MILW 14th Sub 10 x 11 This layout is modelled after a similar plan which appeared in Model Railroader magazine in 2012. As depicted, this point to point layout is based in the steam - diesel transition era of the late 1940s to the early 1950s. The twice daily car ferry serves as a floating 'yard' generally bringing in loads and empties required by the local industries.

The OPS for this plan starts out with the GP7 switcher [ED63] unloading/loading the ferry cars.
3 Orangeville South branch 48 x 65 This is an entirely fictional CN subdivision based in south western Ontario. The Orangeville sub is rich in natural resources which require rail transport - a gypsum plant, a lumber operation, a grain mill, a gravel pit and a coal mine. The main yard [Olin Yard] for this sub is located in Orangeville which is also the main route to the southwestern division and close to an interchange with the CPR.
3 Oxbow Sub 29 x 36 This fictional narrow gauge layout is based in northern Maine where the North Maine RR is a short line railway supporting a local sawmill, an ore mine and a medium sized foundry. This is rugged forest country and so the NMRR runs somewhat shorter trains of 6 - 7 wagons and a caboose. There is Mixed train which looks after the passenger and parcel services for the various stations along the line.
3 Pecos Canyon Route 11 x 11 The Pecos Canyon route is a fictional narrow gauge short line operating in New Mexico in the early 1920s. There are 4 major towns along the route - Comstock, Del Rio, Langtry and Sanderson where this line connects and interchanges traffic with the DRGS. The main customers are cattle ranchers, a lumber mill, a small copper mine and several related general service industries.
3 Rock Plain branch 21 x 22 Rock Plain Branch is a 3 ft. narrow gauge railway set in the high plains of Colorado in the 1920s. The Rock Plain Railway is essentially a mining railway. So you will see some sizeable trains running over the rugged hill country to service some local industries along with the two major ore mines and a foundry in the region. There is an interchange with the DRGS at Woody Creek where many cars are exchanged daily.

There are two mine /foundry runs - one by the DRG and the other by the Rock Plain Railway[RPR] which operate on alternate days. The RPR also has its Hewson Turn and the Woody Creek Turn which stop at all industries along the route.
3 Rodgers Junction Branch 31 x 81 This extensively modified layout is directly inspired by a modular FREMO layout which was set up for an exhibition in Rodagau, Germany in 2007. There are 3 large customers on this line: Craven Foods in Cranpool; Big Bear Mines which generates 15-25 loads daily in unit trains; and Fortress Cement which also receives/generates a large number of loads of cement and gravel. Fortress also has its own switcher to shunt cars around their property as needed and to assist the road crews regularly.

The unit trains for Big Bear Mines and Fortress Cement originate on the west side of Milton yard. You may run them individually or add other cars to them per your switch list.
3 The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes RR 13 x 32 Promoted as the Maine Scenic Route, the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad operated in Franklin County, Maine, between 1879 and 1936. It was the largest of the Maine "Two footers" and in its heyday had more than 115 miles of two foot gauge track. This TrainPlayer layout is an attempt to recreate some of the nostalgia.

On this layout it is permissible to use the Yard Goat at Phillips or Farmington for assistance with switching the yard. Unmarked cars should be respotted where possible but you are permitted to move them to the nearest clear track if necessary.

The label on the Combination Passenger car shows the next destination for your train.
The route is Farmington to Phillips, to Rangeley, to Phillips, to Bigelow, return via Strong, to Farmington.
3 Stratford sub 16 x 21 This layout is inspired by several narrow gauge layouts. The main focal point is the C&S Interchange where freight and passenger traffic are exchanged. Any freight cars coming from the C&S are blocked for local customers when they reach Garfield yard. Trains generally run 3 to 4 times per week depending upon seasonal and customer demands. There is little passenger service along the Stratford sub and these needs are met with with the Mack railbus service or the multi-purpose Goose 7. The C&S sends a weekly mixed train along the sub which adds variety and some challenges.
3 West Coast Branch Line 11 x 107 This layout is a modified version of Richard Fletcher's Sandy River & Rangeley RR layout but set in England. It is an out and back design of an imaginary single track branch line running south to north during the 1920 - 1930 period. There is one major industry - a coal mine which generates about 20 loads per day. There are other typical industries like livestock docks, goods sheds,and coal staithes to service along with a mixed group of mid-sized industries.
3 Wilkens Sub 41 x 59 This club sized Fremo layout is set in the late steam era. Most rail traffic enters the scene at Wilkens Yard and runs through the sub as far as Jackson Yard. Some cars are dropped at the nearby DRGS interchange. The main traffic sources for the sub are: National Coal, Gordon Gypsum, Prairie Grain and Ponderosa Cattle. There is usually a unit train to handle this volume first. It is followed by "sweeper" which handles pulls and spots from its switch list. Some carefully planning is required since runaround tracks may not be close at hand when needed.
3 Winston Division 20 x 48 Winston Division is a club sized plan which featues a good sized Staging yard, a division yard and a smaller branch yard. There is plenty of bridge traffic moving between these yards but, there are also some block trains to process daily - serving the coal mine, the grain mill and a couple of smaller sites. Finally in Winston, High Point and Greensboro, there are a variety of medium and light industries which generate regular traffic.

Your tasks will be to dispatch and operate a branch switcher, a yard job or two, and drive the unit trains to complete your work assignment.

Enjoy!