All entries may be edited for length, usage, and style. Entrants may be asked to make changes to their
text or graphics for easier and more readable publication.
Preparing your entry
Designs may be in color (preferred) or black-and-white, hand-drawn or electronic. Track plans
need not be "works of art", but they should be clear and complete enough to allow our readers to understand and
appreciate your concept. Electronic information packages with hard-copy are strongly preferred, but hard-copy only is also
fine. Examples from recent color LDJs may provide an idea of the types of art that work well.
text file should describe your real or imagined prototype, layout concept, trade-offs, and key signature features, along with
any other operating or design ideas. It’s expected that the text would be about 1000-2000 words in length, but thoughtful
entries might be shorter or longer.
Do not include any copyrighted material in your submittal
unless you are the author, artist, or photographer or unless you have specific written authorization from the creator of the
material for publication in the LDJ. Additional graphics, such as maps or system routes, are welcome, but not required.
Text should be provided in MS Word or plain text formats.
Don’t worry if you are not a wordsmith, we can help! Typewritten (double-spaced) text is also OK.
Track plan files: Our primary interest is in 2-dimensional plan views, but supporting 3-D renderings may
also be interesting to our readers. Some native CAD files, such as 3rd PlanIt and CADRail, work fine. Please provide versions
with- and without text and a plain text file of the callouts. Email the editor (address below) for a 3rd PlanIt (.3pi)
room template if you wish to use that program.
Please also prepare a standard output (such as
.dxf, .dwg, .png, or .tif) of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) at 8½” X 11” for these or any
other graphics programs. Clear scans of hand-drawn track plans are acceptable at similar resolution.
to-scale track plans are also welcome. You may scan these at high resolution or mail us a clear, sharp paper copy.
Volunteers may be able to re-draw your track plan for publication if none of these options work for
you. Please contact Byron Henderson with questions – we want your entry and will work with you. (Email address
is below as a graphic to foil the spammers)
General graphics files and photos:
An uncompressed direct digital copy of the original in color is preferred, 8" X 10" and preferably RAW,
.tif or .png format in at least 300 dpi or better. Compressed formats such as .jpg are acceptable, if high-resolution. If
your plan is for a layout that is under construction or has been built, our readers would enjoy photos.
We look forward to your entry!