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End of the Line

End of the Line

Rural “End of the Line” A popular setting for micro layouts is the “end of the branch line” at a small, rural town. A good example is GordonAvis’s Fairweather Branch Line, a U.S. HO...

Dual Gauge Layouts page 2

Dual Gauge Layouts page 2

(Page 2 of 2) Continuing with the theme of “Dual Gauge Without Tears,” the Waterslide Transfer Co. represents one of those busy places where standard- and narrow-gauge lines meet to sort and trade freight,...

Dual Gauge Layouts

Dual Gauge Layouts

(Page 1 of 2) Long Yard Industrial District is a variation on the Walkley/Inglenook theme, showing another way to use the idea. It’s a dual-gauge layout, with the Walkley sidings done in narrow gauge...

Dense Track Designs – page 2

Dense Track Designs – page 2

(Page 2 of 2) There are lots of ways to pour trackage onto a shelf switcher, and doodling shunting layouts is a great occupation for a rainy afternoon or a long train or bus...

Dense Track Designs

Dense Track Designs

(Page 1 of 2) Sometimes designing a hard-working shelf switcher can involve “pouring a quart into a pint pot” — covering the shelf with a knot of trackage. Here are a few layouts that...

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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