I take your ideas and interests seriously and will provide a professional
service on time and in the form we've agreed upon. After a brief
email or phone discussion, we'll establish a rate structure, scope of work, and project schedule that makes sense for
both of us.
Every project is unique, so there are no set rates. Layout Design projects are bid based primarily
on the research required, overall size (square feet) and complexity (e.g., number of turnouts) of the layout. Typical single-deck
designs range from $600 to $2500 (multi-deck designs higher). "Club"-sized designs (1500 sq. ft. or larger) may
be significantly higher, but again, complexity is a key factor, not only square footage.
design projects are completed in four to eight weeks. My backlog to begin a project varies with the seasons from a few
weeks to a few months, so check with me for the current backlog status.
Operations Plan development is based on the size and scope of
the layout and the amount and types of supporting documents required.
Article Authoring and Editing projects are bid based primarily on the number of
hours required to complete the work to everyone's satisfaction.
How can I tell if your prices are in my ballpark?
If you have
a project in mind, I'll be happy to make a rough estimate of the cost at no charge or obligation to you. If you don't
contact me, you'll always wonder ...
Pricing in perspective
I recognize that people may have reservations about making a large investment in the hobby, but it's
important to consider the costs of layout design or ops planning services in perspective. The cost for a custom model railroad
layout design is typically less than the price of a few DCC-and-sound-equipped locomotives, for example. When one considers
how many "extra" locos and railcars many of us have purchased over the years that no longer fit our layout vision,
the cost of layout design or ops planning services is likely very small by comparison.
You might also consider the cost for these services in
comparison with other skilled services, such as contracting or electrical work, that might be part of your investment in a
layout room. A well-executed custom model railroad layout design or ops plan will help achieve the maximum model railroading
enjoyment from your available space and time. It's one investment that can help every other dollar you spend on model
railroading deliver more fun and realism.