My model railroad design service has two goals.  As your model railroad designer, I’ll work with you to come up with a plan that is not only inspiring but also straightforward to build.

 

A successful model railroad design isn’t about lines on paper, curve radius, grades, or the number of tracks in a staging yard.  It’s one that results in a layout that actually gets built and provides the degree of satisfaction you had hoped for.

 

Model railroad layout design service

 

Through my model railroad layout design service, I can help you come up with a plan that:

  • CAPTURES YOUR VISION
  • INSPIRES YOU!
  • PRODUCES THE LONGEST RUN IN YOUR AVAILABLE SPACE
  • AVOIDS COMMON PITFALLS
  • IS STRAIGHTFORWARD TO BUILD
  • IS INTERESTING TO OPERATE
  • HOLDS YOUR INTEREST FOR THE LONG TERM

 

Completed design packages include:

  • AN 11″ X 17″ COLOR RENDERING (Drawn in CAD)
  • CONSTRUCTION TIPS
  • NOTES, DIMENSIONS, AND SPECIFICATIONS
  • A WIRING DIAGRAM
  • ONGOING CONSULTING TO HELP YOU BUILD THE LAYOUT!

 

Sample Model Railroad Designs

Planning Tips

Costs

The cost of preparing a design is driven by how long I expect it will take me to complete.  This isn’t always directly related to layout size.  Costs typically fall in the $1,500 to $2,300 range with the most common project scope I see running about $1700.  The minimum fee is $1,000.  N scale, multi-deck, and sectional track projects (Kato, Marklin, etc.) cost more.  The design fee must be pre-paid before work starts.

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My book, “How To Design A Small Switching Layout”, covers many design topics that apply to layouts of all sizes.

Model Railroad Design Books

Email: lmindheim@shelflayouts.com

Phone: 301-404-8164 EST