Author: Carl Arendt

Micro Layouts Using Just One Switch

Micro Layouts Using Just One Switch

Another ingenious Emrys Hopkins design makes the single switch a double-slip, which provides a very flexible shunting/switching layout in the tiny space of 36″x12″. In some ways Juster Yard provides a back-to-back Inglenook type...

Multi-Level Micro Layouts

Multi-Level Micro Layouts

The classic micro layout–found in literally hundreds of variations–is the Continuous Circuit with a hill-climbing branch line. This diagram shows its simplest and most common narrow-gauge form. It’s a wonderful layout for operation in...

Single-Level Micro Layouts 0

Single-Level Micro Layouts

Avalon Brick Works (On30 / O-16.5) Avalon Brick Works was originally built by Julian Andrews as an experiment to see how small you could make an 0-16.5 (On30) layout. An article written by Julian...

Micro Layouts Using Just One Switch 0

Micro Layouts Using Just One Switch

Emrys Hopkins designed the HO scale Whitehead Brewery line to fit on a circular baseboard about 24 inches in diameter — the right size to weigh in at three square feet, this website’s guideline for maximum...

Industrial Prototypes 0

Industrial Prototypes

Humble industrial rail lines make wonderful prototypes for micro model layouts — they’re small trains using very tight curves and doing interesting jobs. This section is devoted to industrial layouts modeled after real places....

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Narrow Gauge Lines

As tight curves are likely to be a big issue on micro layouts, most designs patternd after real places are built on shelves — where curvature of the track is not an issue, but...

Standard Gauge Lines 0

Standard Gauge Lines

As tight curves are likely to be a big issue on micro layouts, most designs patternd after real places are built on shelves — where curvature of the track is not an issue, but...

Straight Lines 0

Straight Lines

Straight Lines Sometimes all the track you need for prototypical operation is a length of straight rails. Here are some “straight line” micro railways. The track plans are simple, and the operations are realistic!...

Layouts for Fun to Run 0

Layouts for Fun to Run

The other category of layouts with no turnouts are the round-and-round exhibition layouts that make no pretense of being anything but a circuit. They’re a lot of fun for exhibiting our models in attractive...

Layouts for Operation 1

Layouts for Operation

Layouts for Operation If operation is your goal, micro layouts may seem to have a limited range of possibilities. But consider this layout! This Locomotive Depot, based on a design by Nigel Adams, uses...

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