PAGE 107 – November 2011

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carlsTributeIn This Issue

We would like to dedicate this first new update as a tribute to Carl. Carl’s contributions to the hobby are many and his inspiration can be seen in many of the layouts featured, not just here, but throughout the site. As we begin a new chapter in the life of this website, we hope to honor Carl by continuing his work, to share the world of small and micro layouts, for many more years.

 


ARENDTSTONE STATION: A FITTING TRIBUTE…

Jonathan Scott, from Hamilton, New Zealand, sent in a photo of a layout he was working on in February when Carl fell ill. In his words… “I have nearly finished it. You can see Carl waiting for the train on the platform. It is built on a table, about 6 inches in diameter, I found in a trash-and-treasure market in Cambridge.” The name on the station is “Arendtstone”.

 


SIOUX FALLS: YET ONE MORE LAYOUT INSPIRED BY CARL

Frequent contributor Alexander Kaczmarek sent some pictures of his latest micro-layout called Sioux Falls. It is based on the classic inglenook design and is not yet finished. His plans are to replace some of the mock-ups with scratchbuilt buildings. “This layout is inspired by Carl like all the others I have built before (‘Sans Pareil’, ‘Schnakenhîrn’, ‘Darjeeling’, ‘Montelupo’). I would never have built one of these if not for Carl’s ideas.” Alexander considered Carl a “‘fisher of men’, a fisher of modelrailroaders indeed. He had the great gift of motivating people and turned couch potatoes into modelrailroaders. We miss him.”


SOLDIER BUILDS A UNIQUE “MICRO” LAYOUT

 

Here is a note we got from Vincent Fusca who, while on deployment in Afghanistan, found some time to put together a small layout. However, small is a relative term in this case as the models Vincent used are a bit larger than the usual. Here is what Vincent had to say:

“While we’ve all seen the massive LEGO layouts constructed by adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) at various train shows, there is a segment of the AFOL community that treats LEGO trains as model railroading rather than toys. We build for prototypical trains, layouts, or operations, just in a lower resolution medium than traditional scale modellers.

“I spent the past year in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot relegated to desk duty. I had some extra space in my office behind my desk and decided to build a small layout. Carl’s website was a regular stop for me as I developed my layout plan and I finally settled on a variation of Wyemouth for the most operation in my small space.

“As for a prototype, I found that close to my home in Vermont there’s a shortline called the Claremont Concord which operates 2 small 2-mile lengths of track in Claremont and Lebanon NH. After a little research and using Google maps and Google street view I found a place on the Claremont side with a big white factory building, a lumber yard, and a bulk transfer facility. The trackplan short of the runaround almost matched the industry layout. I just used that extra siding closest to the viewer to represent a car storage further west near the NECR interchange. It was a nice compromise of selective compression, fun operating, and prototypical accuracy.”


PIZZA IS BUILT ON A LAZY SUSAN

Dean Odiorne, from Kingsport, TN, USA, submitted a picture of his new pizza style Gn15 micro-layout. He says, “Even thought I live in Tennessee now, this is based on where I lived in Southeastern Arizona back in the 1950’s. It is 16 inches in diameter built on a lazy susan. But, could not get it to turn without a lot of power interruptions. Operation of the locomotive “Winky” was more important, so I took the turning bottom off. Runs much better now.”


SHOEBOX MICRO UPDATE

 


Joshua Wolfe
sends an update on a shoebox layout previously published in scrapbook 103a. The layout, called the Shire and Hobbiton Railway, is based on Carl’s “Carl’s Imports” track plan. The box measure’s roughly 1′ x 2′, and the scale is Gn15. Joshua has added scenery and changed the track plan somewhat from his previous version.


SMALL LAYOUT FOR THE SERIOUS SWITCHER

 

We’re not sure what to call it, but Gary Miller, who lives in Livonia, Michigan USA, has built a small layout that combines Inglenook and Timesaver track plans into one layout. This design is similar to Lynn Westcott’s Swithcman’s Nightmare trackplan. (Carl gave Gary some operating tips based on Lynn’s layout in scrapbook 103.)

Gary writes: “The picture shows the Timesaver on the top, the Inglenook on the bottom with the passing siding in the center. Wiring is pretty simple for DC only. The sidings and tail tracks are separate blocks. The Timesaver is its own block as is the Inglenook, making 6 blocks total. I use the older Troller handsets for ‘A’ or ‘B’ control with an A-B power pack that I built. There are more cars on the layout than necessary for classic operation of the individual puzzles, because the puzzles are both run as if they were part of a larger system by using the sidings as the interchange tracks. Classic operation is possible too. The end pins on each track can be moved to the proper position for those ‘games’.

 

“I still need to expand the fiddle yards at each end by adding longer tail tracks or a cassette system. But for now the interchange cars are placed on the passing siding. Scenery and buildings would be a nice addition too! (Someday). My grandson and I enjoy ‘testing’ each other to solve the problems. We exchange ‘Brakeman’ and ‘Engineer’ roles.”


VICTORIA STREET EXPANDS ITS LINE

 

An update from Glenn Corbett announces the new expansion of his Victoria Street tram/trolley layout. According to Glenn: “The layout has, in the few past months, turned the corner, literately, and now ventures off down Epsom Rd after crossing the railway on the same grade. The original ends of Victoria Street still serve their purpose, the railway station end still supplies punters to the racecourse end, but now with more trackage between.” For more work in progress photos, click here and here.

Here is a video link showing the actual station, and a bit of history.

 


SMALL MINING LINE IN A SHOE BOX

 

Andrew Smith, from Chelmsford, Essex, England, sent in some photos of a new project he has been working on. It is a 009 layout he calls Steephill Mine. He continues: “I made this as a challenge from my wife who had just bought a new pair of boots. The box measures 500mm x 300mm (just under 20″ X 12”). It had a lid that folded up and I had hoped to make this part of the back scene. In the end the lid was removed and had some sides fitted to make it the cover for the whole layout when not in use.

The turntable is powered by finger (pushed or pulled) and is wired up to a DPDT switch the other switches that can be seen are on/off single pole. The small control panel is fitted inside the box as well, I plug a controller into a din plug at the back to supply power to the layout.

The small turntable, is completely scratch built and it runs on two rails with a couple of wiper blades to the power the tracks. As can be seen, the whole area has a few little cameo scenes, even the privy has two loo rolls, one on the door and one at the back of the privy. It has been shown at a few exhibitions, but as I take it out with my other layouts, I tend to let a train run around and around, changing the stock every now and then to give a variety. But when I have some spare time, I run it as I would like to see it in action and I have found that I can while away and hour or two and its good fun.”

 


PASSING ON THE LOVE OF TRAINS

 

One way we keep the hobby going is by getting the younger generation involved. That is just what Joern Pachl, from Braunschweig, Germany, is doing with this layout he recently built. Joern writes: “The pictures show a small inglenook style shunting layout I built for my 11 year old son Gregor. He started operating my small TT scale layouts at age 8. His favourite is the Drei Annen Hohne layout, which was featured in Scrapbook 67. With that layout he easily spends hours doing shunting work. While having used TT scale Kato Unitrack for years to build his own temporary shunting layouts, he now wished to have a “real” layout of his own.

 

“So, I built him a small layout by his ideas. Since he loves locomotives, the idea of this layout is to show holding sidings of a locomotive maintenance plant. The inglenook tracks are used for arrival and departure of locomotives entering and leaving the plant, and for parking locomotives in different stages of repair. Instead of a train timetable, a maintenance schedule is established that provides the shunting work to be done. Thus, a lot of different locomotive may be used on this layout. Perfect when having a collection of locomotives but no room for a big layout. From time to time, goods wagons may also arrive to deliver materials for the plant. To avoid trouble with technical failures, the points are still equipped with over-ground drives. Later, Gregor may replace them by subsurface point machines.

 


A TRIBUTE TO CARL

 

Lucien Eijdems sends word of a small layout he and a friend built in honor of Carl after learning of his passing. Lucien writes: “Shortly after Carl had passed away, my friend had the idea of building a layout as a tribute to Carl and started construction of the layout which we completed in a few weeks. The layout is 90 x 40 centimeters (approx 35″ x 16″), scale is 009/H0e, and built with Peco material. All buildings are scratchbuilt using Evergreen plasticard. Layout construction, including woodwork, tracklaying and construction of buildings was done by my friend, Ton de Vos. Painting, all the green stuff and so was done by me. This took some time because of other commitments, and still needs more work to get it really finished.”

You can view more photos of how the layout was built here.



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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