PAGE 25 – MAY 2004

A REALISTIC ENGLISH INDUSTRIAL SCENE

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Chris Nevard, who lives just southwest of London, England, built this striking industrial waterfront scene, Arne Wharf, on a 3 x 2 foot platform in OO9 scale. The setting is the Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset.

For more information about the layout see Chris’s website and the current issue (#58) of Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review.

Chris comments, “The layout’s first outing to the Egham & Staines MRS Show in January highlighted the advantages of having a small layout to cart around to shows. I was up an running in under 10 minutes from parking. At the end of the show packing up took under five minutes! The layout and stand fit nicely into the back of the saloon car.”

Total construction time was eight months, with most of the work being done during the last three.

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UPDATE: LAS CAJAS AVENUE MAKES PROGRESS

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From England, Andrew Smith made this 30 x 20 in. OO9 portable layout, Steephill, and he and his 8-year-old son, Matthew, entered it in the 2003 Chelmsford Narrow Gauge competition. It won the prize, and Matthew — who operated it all day at the exhibition — got to take home a silver cup.

The area modelled is somewhat desolate, suitable mainly for raising sheep, and there are sheep scattered all over it as you can see (a close duplicate of real life!). The main siding serves a scapyard, there’s a small halt for passengers, and a couple of sidings are available for shunting and storage.

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UPDATE: FROM FAYOLLE’S WILD WEST SHOW

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Fabrice Fayolle sent along this update of work on his Josephtown Craddonnium Co. layout that was featured in last month’s Scrapbook.

UPDATE: A SWISS VERSION OF BOX STREET YARD

This version of Box Street Yard is being built by Daniel Schläfli, who lives in Switzerland. An On30 pike, it’s called 47th Street Yard and measures 48 x 20 inches. This photo shows Daniel’s mockup of his projected scenery to hide the sector plate. There’s a track plan and a good photo of his excellent handlaid track in the Scrapbook #22.

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GERMAN SWITCHBACK (ZIG-ZAG) KEEPS THE FREIGHT ROLLING

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Alexander Kaczmarek, who lives in Berlin, is making this delightful German version of Chuck Yungkurth’s classic American layout design, the Gum Stump & Snowshoe.

Alexander has set his HO layout in northern Bavaria in the 1980s. The original line was cut in half by the partitioning of East and West Germany, so the trains now must cllimb a steep switchback to continue serving their industrial clients. (This type of situation actually occurred on at least one prototype German line!) The layout measures 180×43 cm (71 x 17 in) and uses Märklin track. Short switching locomotives haul four-wheeled cars up the steep grades.

In the photos below (taken from opposite ends of the layout) the left hand picture shows the line in its early construction stages. The track plan is easy to trace. The right hand photo, from a later stage, shows off some of Alexander’s very attractive scenery.

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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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