PAGE 25 – MAY 2004
A REALISTIC ENGLISH INDUSTRIAL SCENE
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.
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.
UPDATE: LAS CAJAS AVENUE MAKES PROGRESS
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.
UPDATE: FROM FAYOLLE’S WILD WEST SHOW
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.
GERMAN SWITCHBACK (ZIG-ZAG) KEEPS THE FREIGHT ROLLING
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.