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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...

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)...

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