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PAGE 46 – FEBRUARY 2006

This month we present a clutch of layouts less than a foot wide, but very, very long. They’re ideal for hallways, long walls where floor space isn’t available for layouts, or even for long...

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PAGE 45a – JANUARY 2006

UNUSUAL & USEFUL IDEAS FOR SMALL LAYOUTS This is another new theme for the Small Layout Scrapbook. We often receive ideas, designs, and photos that have quite unusual or even unique applications for small...

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PAGE 45 – JANUARY 2006

To kick off 2006 in style, we’re trying something a little different. We’ve modified our format, and here are a variety of ‘Railroad Puzzles,’ most of them taken from general puzzle books and creative...

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PAGE 44a – DECEMBER 2005

Jonathon Scott Photo Though we often publish layouts designed for complex switching maneuvers, many people prefer continuous-run layouts where they can just “let ’em run” and indulge in some plain train watching. This starts...

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PAGE 44 – DECEMBER 2005

Conventional wisdom has it that switching layouts, especially those arranged in a straight line as on a shelf, MUST have a runaround loop (passing siding) in order to serve spurs facing in both directions....

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PAGE 43a – NOVEMBER 2005

You may have noticed that we usually feature layouts that cluster around a theme — e.g., Switchbacks, Layouts in Containers, or Pizza Layouts. Here’s a “Variety Pak” of layouts that don’t fit into a...

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PAGE 43 – NOVEMBER 2005

The Pizza layout — a simple circle of track with scenery — is undoubtedly the world’s most popular layout design. So here are the latest pizzas that have reached this site… just in time...

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PAGE 42a – OCTOBER 2005

UPDATES! New Ideas and New Dimensions Model railroad layouts, even very small ones, are moving targets. Everyone who’s ever built a layout probably has experienced the multitude of ways that an original design can...

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PAGE 42 – OCTOBER 2005

TYMESAVERS! “Tymesavers” is a made-up word I use to refer to layouts that are similar to John Allen’s Timesaver, but not identical. However, they usually have a short runaround track [loop] with several spur...

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PAGE 41 – SEPTEMBER 2005

All the Way from Here to There… VISIBLY WORKING RAILROADS Most small layouts focus on a single scene, usually a high-interest place where goods or people are loaded or unloaded. The resulting train moves...

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