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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...

Logging Lines

Logging Lines

Jack Matson has been modeling U.S. Pacific Northwest logging for nearly 40 years. When he saw the Mower Lumber layout, he realized that a simple addition could double the little layout’s operating fun. His...

Industrial Trams – Page 2

Industrial Trams – Page 2

An Audience-Participation Layout Here’s a layout that’s just a meter long and not only provides audience-pleasing operation, but actually makes your viewers part of the scenery! Graffiti Bros. Construction Co. is an urban construction...

Industrial Trams – Page 1

Industrial Trams – Page 1

John Thomas designed this little On18 (or HOn3/30) tram based on an HOn30 design he found on the Web. John shrank the plan to just 20″x30″ (50×75 cm) using a 6″ minimum radius. This...

Inglenook Designs

Inglenook Designs

Inch for inch, a switching layout built on a small bookshelf provides more action than perhaps any other form of model railroading. And not surprisingly, the grandaddy of all small, portable layouts was exactly...

“The Fork” — Using Just One Switch

“The Fork” — Using Just One Switch

One of the first micro layouts I ever encountered was this one, featured in Dick Andrews’ narrow gauge column in Railroad Model Craftsman during the 1950s. He built the little On2 line on an...

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