Author: Carl Arendt

Train Turntables

Train Turntables

Apple Valley Light Railway is Ian Holmes’s delightful application of his lazy susan turntable/cartridge idea. Designed for Gn15 trains that Ian uses, the same layout would work fine for On30, O16.5, HOn3, HOn30, or...

Layouts Using Sector Plates

Layouts Using Sector Plates

A popular space-saving device is the sector plate — a track or tracks mounted on a board that is pivoted at one end so it can match up with several approaching tracks. Here are...

Strange Locales

Strange Locales

Carry On, Micro! (A layout in an airline carry-on bag) Now you can take a model railroad with you when you fly … wile away those tedious journeys with an intense operating session right...

Layouts in Boxes

Layouts in Boxes

A Very Small Garden Railway! This little Inglenook switching layout, the Down & Dirty RR, is contained in a window box, 29″x7″ (74×18 cm). Actually, the box was already being used by my wife...

Passenger Lines

Passenger Lines

Micro layouts are often thought to be only for freight or goods traffic … their size seems just too small for passenger coaches to operate. But ingenious design can find ways to cope …...

No Runarounds

No Runarounds

There’s a school of thought which holds that every small layout with both facing and trailing sidings must have a runaround loop (passing siding) to function properly. Not so, as this (admittedly carefully selected)...

Dockside Layouts

Dockside Layouts

Tynyport Dock is a “micro-sized” version of a larger design by Giles Barnabe. Anything lost in the translation is entirely my fault. The layout, writes Giles, is “very loosely based on a colliery [coal...

Traction and Tramways

Traction and Tramways

The G-Whizz Traction Company is a G-scale micro layout in 2×3 feet (60×90 cm). It is made possible by the tireless work of the Traction Yahoo Group, who discovered by experiment that virtually all...

Mining and Quarrying Layouts – Page 2

Mining and Quarrying Layouts – Page 2

Ordinarily, you can shunt box cars or reefers wherever you like and just declare that they are “empty” or “loaded.” One problem with mining layouts is that the mined mineral is transported in open...

Mining and Quarrying Layouts – Page 1

Mining and Quarrying Layouts – Page 1

One of the best known and frequently modeled micro layouts is this classic, designed by Bernard Junk in 1991. This little lline hauls quarried minerals (sand, gravel, slate, limestone or whatever) up the hill...

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