THE ART OF EXTENSION
From Italy, Ivan Furlanis sent this idea for extending my layout, Les Peupliers. The original line, built for a micro layout competition, was the size of two A4 sheets of paper end to end — about 8″x23″. It’s a 1/32 scale, dual-gauge railroad, crammed into a very small space and featuring both meter gauge (32mm) and extra narrow gauge (16.5mm) trackage.
Ivan suggested, on the right-hand extension, modeling some farm buildings where the meter-gauge line can disappear, creating a fiddle area. Meantime, the dual-gauge track serves a farm warehouse. Then just the narrow-gauge rails enter another building, where there is a second fiddle area and storage for the electric switcher that serves the narrow-gauge industrial line.
On the left-hand extension there’s an interesting and unusual dual gauge turnout (replacing the original sector plate) to extend the dual-gauge track over to a loading dock, where the narrow gauge switcher can deliver its freight loads. A small passenger station on the left end of the layout provides a second fiddle area for the meter gauge line. In this way, the meter gauge train can run from left to right and back with the engine always pulling the car. As there is now a small passenger station, we can add a small passenger railcar to the meter gauge line’s service.
And all of this can be obtained in a space of about 47″x8″ (119×21 cm)! Ivan has lots of other interesting ideas and information, especially about trolleys (trams) and trolley buses at his website.