Author: Carl Arendt

An Easy ‘Starter’ Micro Layout

An Easy ‘Starter’ Micro Layout

Robert Michael Shemilt designed this layout, called Hylton (Town) using standard sectional track to fit in a bookshelf space 64″x9″ (1625×229 mm). It makes an excellent “starter” micro layout — an easy-to-build, fun-to-operate introduction...

Our 200th Layout!

Our 200th Layout!

Gallery Menu/ Bicentennial Page Our 200th Layout! Two hundred layouts in two years … it leaves me breathless! It would not be possible to summarize all the ingenious and exciting ideas that have graced...

100th Layout!

100th Layout!

When this Micro Layout Design Gallery was founded in March 2002, I never dreamed we could reach 100 micro layouts … I wasn’t even sure there were 100 different micro layouts — displays under...

A3 Sized Layouts

A3 Sized Layouts

A very handy size for micro layouts is the metric A3 paper sheet, which is 297×420 mm, or about 11.7″x16.5″. Just open out any A4-sized magazine, and you’ll see an A3 sheet. There have...

Multiple Micros

Multiple Micros

Several readers have noted that a number of micro layouts could be connected, like dominoes, to form a larger “super-micro” layout. My feelings about this idea are mixed, as the essence of micro layout...

Make-Overs

Make-Overs

Any good layout design can be interpreted in a variety of ways — in fact, in about as many ways as there are interested modelers! I think every track plan in this gallery should...

Other Good Ideas

Other Good Ideas

Climbing toward Everest (on your micro!) I couldn’t resist. One of the world’s best-loved narrow gauge railways is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in northeast India, near Nepal. This little two-foot gauge line climbs 7,000...

Micro TymeSaver Designs

Micro TymeSaver Designs

John Allen in the U.S. popularized this form of shelf switcher, comprising a runaround loop with sidings hanging off all the corners. John’s version was called a “TimeSaver”, and it has been duplicated in...

Traverser/Transfer Table Lines – page 2

Traverser/Transfer Table Lines – page 2

(Page 2 of 2) The continuously creative Emrys Hopkins has adapted a Jack Trollope design to provide some extra shunting capabilities in TF Industries II. “TF” stands for “Traverser Fed”, and indeed the TFI...

Traverser/Transfer Table Lines

Traverser/Transfer Table Lines

(Page 1 of 2) A traverser (transfer table) is a series of parallel tracks on a table that can slide from side to side, providing access to several approach lines. It’s a very useful...

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