PAGE 3 – JULY 2002


junkA classic micro layout is one that remains fresh and exciting for years after it’s designed. Such a layout is shown at the left. It was designed by Bernard Junk in 1991 and originally appeared in the Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review.

This Scrapbook page features versions of this classic layout as it’s been reinterpreted by a variety of talented modelers.


mario1This version of M. Junk’s layout was exhbited in the 2001 Expométrique by Mario Bernkopf. It’s built to 1:22.5 (LGB) scale, representing a 20″ gauge tramway. Mario has increased the size to 120×90 cm (about 4×3 ft) to handle the large scale trains.

The layout depicts the terminus and truck reload of a small gravel plant in the Bavarian foothills. Notice that Mario has raised the level of the quarry rather than lowering it as in the original. And he’s added a new spur track at the left rear, which will eventually lead to the gravel crusher end of the little line.

Mario’s excellent work demonstrates that a large-scale model layout with plenty of operation can be constructed in a relatively small space.

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Favre1And here’s an “under-construction” shot of a Junk-style layout being created by Jim Favre in Gn15. This is an early shot, with most scenery not yet glued in place.

The little line measures 34″x22″ (86×56 cm). Jim notes “the quarry has been replaced with a mine, and I added a stub siding that will allow two trains to run at the same time.”

We’ll be eagerly awaiting photos of the layout as it nears completion!






blockofoam> This “under-construction” shot shows my On30 12″x18″ version of the Junk layout still in its pink-foamboard state. Track patterns are made of paper and used later as templates for laying track at the workbench.








^ In a later step, the board is covered with plaster, giving it an eerie though temporary Arctic look. That leads to some rather strange trainspotters hanging around the layout. Not an anorak among them!




In an obviously posed shot, you can see another reason why this layout design is a classic.
It provides vistas and viewing angles galore for our models!mario4                                           And in conclusion, here’s Mario Bernkopf’s splendid version of the same shot!

junksmThe Bernard Junk layout was originally designed for On2 scale and sized to fit on an A3 sheet of paper–297×420 mm (11.7″x16.5″). If you’d like to know more about this layout and see a larger drawing, check out our Micro Layout Design Gallery (under “Junk Sand & Gravel”).

If you have some photos of your version of the Junk layout, please send them to us!

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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