On30 Shays in Germany


gerdThis small U.S.-style logging layout is the work of Gerd Ziller, in Germany. Designed to show off his new On30 Shay loco, Melina’s Camp was designed as a small, backwoods location for maintaining engines and other rolling stock.

There are just a few buildings in the camp — an enginehouse with workshop and two bunkhouses. The landscape behind the camp will be mainly a rock wall with many, many trees.

This little layout (80×120 cm) is home to lots of operation. Engines come out of the woods and are refilled with wood and water. The small Shay brings freight cars with food and tools to the bunkhouses, and cars in need of repair are moved to the workshop.

trackplanThe secret of the operatons is the track to the workshop, which “sneaks off” to make a 180-degree curve, ending behind the background and completing a very-useful continuous loop.

It’s useful not only for runarounds, but for breaking in locomotives, and even for just allowing you to settle back and enjoy watching the trains run!



 English rural narrow-gauge in OO9


Grumblwick Coombe is a narrow gauge railway in an A3 paper size (16.5″x11.7″) created by Graham and Caroline Watlling, from Norwich, England. The little rural layout was first covered in the Small Layout Scrapbook Page 8, but Graham has kindly provided some additional photographs and a scale track drawing.

The “main line” is 38 inches long (including the hidden fiddle yard, which features a two-track traverser (transfer table) to move the carriages sideways while the loco runs around them on the adjacent track — see photo below). The chief purpose of the line is to bring passengers and beer to this remote valley, whose central feature is an inn named (what else?), “Coombe Inn.”

The baseboard is 4 inches high, which allows a three-arch viaduct (a modified N scale kit) to carry the train over the coombe (valley). The train pulls into the station, and passengers make their dignified way down the stairs to the inn while the beer barrels are lowered by ropes down a convenient chute. A second locomotive, seen standing by in the photo above, couples on for the return journey.

All in all, a wonderful example of relaxed railroading in the depths of England, during a time now, alas, long past!

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Carl Arendt

Webmaster Carl Arendt died on March 4, 2011 in Olympia, Washington. Carl came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon where he graduated with a degree in physics and met Sheila, his wife of 49 years. Carl started work for Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he spent his entire career. During this time, he and Sheila raised their three sons. Following retirement from Westinghouse, Carl threw himself into the world of micro-railroading. In 2002 he started this web site, and authored three books on the subject. This web site attracted a large worldwide following, and Carl built up a collection of friends who came to know and respect him even though most had never met him in person. Such was his personality that it shone through across the ether. He and Sheila moved to Olympia in 2009 to be close to their son Giles and his family, where Carl enjoyed time with his three grandchildren. His wit, erudition, and creativity made this true gentleman a joy to be with, in both the real and the virtual world. This site is a trove of microlayout ideas and examples, and so long as it continues will keep Carl's memory alive and further the hobby he loved.

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