BDovervuIs Gn15 an isotope of Germanium?

We hear a lot about “Gn15 scale” these days, and we see layouts being drawn for that scale (on this site, for example, see the Micro Layout Design Gallery). But we seldom actually see any Gn15 trains running on layouts! Here are some recent pictures to fill that gap. Steve Bennett has created a delightful demonstration layout in 1;24 scale using 16.5mm gauge…here are some pictures. The layout is 3’x1′ (90 x 30 cm), and all rolling stock is from Steve’s Sidelines Models. The figures are from Supply Line Models.








¬†There’s still time to build a holiday line!

As a reminder, here’s a picture of a Holiday centerpiece (see Page 5 for more). There’s still time to sharpen the saw, cut some foam, and get down to creating your own holiday table decoration! You’ll feel better for doing it, your family will be glad you did, and the Small Layout Scrapbook will benefit from the pictures you take and send to us!

XmasCakehe HOn30 Christmas Cake Railway was created by Akihiro Morohoshi, and you can see more of it at his website.

Notice the profusion of small details, which are the trademark of Japanese craftsmanship. In this case, the upper deck features St. Nick attempting the chimney while a steam train hauls some luscious giant strawberries to the holiday table. The lower level is dieselized and pulls candy striped “logs” from the forest to your family. The layout is a foot square (300×300 mm).




So You Think Zn2 is small?


Have a gander at what a seriously small layout looks like! This photograph is not a fake … on the other hand, the layout does not actually run — it’s a 1:240 scale mockup of a proposed English layout module. Had you there for a second, didn’t I?



New clues in Ohio Mystery!

A return visit to Burton, Ohio — home of the “mystery 15″ gauge line” (see Page 1) — revealed more information about the little railroad, but did not solve the case!

We now know the line is named “Murphy’s Railroad” and is owned and operated by one man, presumably Mr. Murphy. He was not present, nor was the line’s locomotive which he takes home with him at night!

So on this visit I obtained only shots of trackage. We’re currently tracking down Mr. Murphy, so to speak.

Left — a nice view looking east to the station.
Below, left — Beyond the station, looking west at the passing siding with carriages stowed.
Below, right — Eastern end of track is a loading ramp for the line’s steam loco. Amish carriage parked nearby.


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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