PAGE 16 – AUGUST 2003

A LAYOUT THAT’S IN THE LOOP

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Jim Kestner, who lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is building a remarkable small layout modeling the traffic in the Chicago Loop during its heyday. His layout actually measures just 4×6.5 feet (1.2×2 m), but it boasts three levels of traffic, and Jim is busy adding enough buildings and detail to make it look three times that size!

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ORIGINS: IT STARTED HERE

Jon Songøygard, who lives in Norway, enjoyed Emrys Hopkins’ track plan for the Whitehead Brewery in our Micro Layout Design Gallery (I wonder why plans for brewery railroads are always so popular?). Jon created his own version on a 65x47cm (26″x19″) baseboard. These pictures were taken by his friend, Trond Rustenberg when the layout was at the “plaster all over everything” stage. Another friend, Jan Petter Kamnes, loaned Jon a loco and wagons for the shoot, to relieve some of the barren look and dramatically improve operating capabilities! The layout is called Ubergsmoen Industries, after Jon’s father’s hometown, and we hope to see more pictures as Jon and his friends continue to work on this nice micro. Stay tuned!

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ORIGINS 2: IT ALSO STARTED HERE

serendipI’m always delighted to receive photos of layouts under construction by people inspired by designs from the Micro Layout Design Gallery. I was particularly happy and honored to receive this photo from Jack Trollope, himself a layout designer and frequent contributor to the Gallery.

Jack was intrigued by my Serendipity Switching Line plan, and he’s building his own version of that design, shown in “bare baseboard” form at the left. Crossings can add spice and adventure to industrial layouts, and they give a nice clickety-clack sound as trains pass over them.

Jack models current-day U.S. outline railways, despite living in the Highlands of Scotland!

 

 

 

 

 


SERIOUSLY SMALL

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Frédéric Gantier, from France, makes and sells very small layouts indeed — you might call them Mega Micros. They’re handmade Z-scale models and track, built in containers that appear to be about the size of sardine tins! All the layouts are functional. Frédéric doesn’t have a website, but you can reach him via e-mail for more information.




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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