Helping clients achieve their Layout Vision
have created dozens of custom model railroad track plans for clients since beginning formal layout design consulting
in 2004, as well as helping to develop operating plans for layouts large and small.
My first custom layout design and operations project was a layout for the
1950s-era Santa Maria Valley Ry. for a modeling friend in 1995. An updated version of that design has been published in the
2004 issue of Model Railroad Planning and can be seen here. From 1996 until 2001 I was editor of the Layout Design News and Layout Design Journal publications of
the Layout Design Special Interest Group. I returned as editor of the LDJ in 2010.
In 1997 I moved to the San Jose, CA area and had the good fortune to
meet Rick Fortin and become part of the crew on his fabulous ATSF Fourth District layout. Rick graciously allowed me to develop an operations plan for the layout. Sessions have grown over the years and now include
dozens of trains, 18 to 20 operators, and over 5 hours of activity.
Many of my custom track plans been published in the model railroad press
(see listing at right) and some example designs are also found in my Layout Design Gallery. Client comments can be seen on the Results page of this site. I'm also available for editing and authoring for publishers, SIGs and Historical Societies, etc.
My own modeling interests are focused on the Bay Area railroads,
including the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Santa Fe. I'm building an N scale layout featuring rail-marine freight terminal operations in the 1950s. The first tiny test section of this layout is described in
the Layout Design SIG's Layout Design Journal #29 and here. I am a member of the NMRA, Layout Design SIG, Operations SIG, and the SP, ATSF, and WP historical societies.
Laying temporary flextrack at Rick Fortin's layout. Photo by Rick, goofy
look by yours truly.