ARRM’s 100th Track Plan Contest!

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Appalachian Railroad Modeling is quickly approaching the publishing of its 100th prototype-based, Appalachian-themed track plan!!! Rather than pick my own theme and space for the design, I want YOU to pick the theme and space. Send me your ideas per the details below between now and March 1st, 2018, and I’ll choose a winner and design a track plan based the winner’s entry as ARRM’s 100th track plan.


  1. An “entry” consists of 1) your first and last name, a recommended railroad, location, era, and scale, 2) a list of key features you think would be important to include in a track plan of this area (doesn’t have to include every feature of the area, just the key ones), 3) a diagram or detailed description of the available space for the layout (doesn’t have to be to scale, but must have clear enough dimensions listed to produce a scale drawing), and 4) a brief write-up (sentence or paragraph) stating the reason why this track plan would be cool or meaningful to you
  2. Entries may also include research material (e.g., track charts, photographs, relevant links)–if additional material is provided, please state whether or not the material may be published on the website (if you are the owner or have the owner’s permission)
  3. Entries must be emailed to with the subject line “ARRM Track Plan Contest” before March 1st, 2018
  4. Individuals may submit multiple entries, but all must include the 3 ingredients listed in line 1 above
  5. Only entries based on a real Appalachian prototype and location will be considered
  6. The diagram of the available space may represent an actual space or an imagined space (though imagined spaces should be realistic)
  7. The winning entry will be chosen based on 1) the prospective interest of the track plan to the community, 2) the executability of the recommended track plan within the available space, and 3) the availability of sufficient research materials to complete a track plan, and 4) my completely subjective evaluation of why this track plan would be “meaningful”
  8. The person who submits the winning entry will have their name announced as the winner along with the publishing of the track plan based on their entry
  9. Non-winning entries may still be used to design future track plans on ARRM (so keep your eyes peeled)

The Fine Print:

  1. There is no cost to submit an entry
  2. Your email address will not be used for anything other than direct correspondence regarding your entry (you won’t get put on a spam list for entering)
  3. There is no guarantee the track plan will include all the key features requested–the track plan will be tailored to the available space
  4. There is no money, cash value or additional service associated with the winner or winning entry–the winner will simply have a track plan drawn up based on their entry and their name announced as the winner
  5. Appalachian Railroad Modeling (Dan Bourque) retains all rights to the published track plan, though the winner (or anyone else) may use the track plans for personal use per the guidelines published elsewhere on this site
  6. Appalachian Railroad Modeling (Dan Bourque) reserves the right to terminate or modify this contest at any time for any reason

If you have any questions, please submit them as a comment below so everyone can see the answer.  Thanks and have fun submitting your ideas!

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