PAGE 112 – January 2013

GRANAULT ENGINEERING by Mark Peterson from Geelong Australia

“We are a small engineering firm with big capabilities. From a simple brake block change to a major refurbishment Granault Engineering has the rolling stock solution for your fleet. Our modern facilities include a two road maintenance shed with heavy lifting capabilities. Our competent staff are qualified trades-people who can handle all under gear, mechanical and refurbishment tasks. Whether it is a rough and tumble coal hopper or a top-end private coach, we can handle it. Loco rebuilds and caboose refurbishments, no problem. High priority in traffic repairs or long term fleet refurbishment, give us a call and see how we can help.

The above advertisement sums up the purpose of my first completed (well almost) layout. Like many others, I had always got to a stage where the larger layout I was working on just didn’t quite make it for any number of reasons. After discovering this website I started tinkering, “Granault Engineering” is the result. A little inspiration also came from Julian Andrews’ “Yard 6” recently described in an article in Continental Modeller (A UK magazine).

The layout measures 4’4” by 9½” and consists of three roads connected to a pivoted fiddle track off scene. Two of the roads cross the concrete apron and lead into the maintenance shed, the third road is a car in/out storage road. Operations are rather simple and could possible utilize the Inglenook idea. The whole idea was to finish a layout and try some basic scenery applications. The only thing that remains to be done is a backdrop that I am trying to construct by blending digital photos.”


STONY BROOK by Heiko Timmers from Canberra, Australia

“Some maintenance work is performed at an occasional whistle stop that serves the agricultural, foresting and mining activities in a remote area somewhere in North America. A road shifter assists the work with a log car and a caboose. The crew uses the latter as its base. After plenty of rainfall a brook that often tends to be dry has a good season. This year it could easily supply the water tower that is a relict from the steam era. A farmer drops by to check on his cattle…”

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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  1. Giuseppe D'Ancona says:

    Carl was the only one who kept my interest on model railroad alive now thanks to Gert the spirit continues.

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