Lummerland: a German torte


Lummerland is a portable model railway built in Germany by Helmut Heinert and modeled after the characters and scenes in the book, Jim Button and Lukas the Engine Driver, by Michael Ende. The O9 / On15 railway was limited to maximum dimensions of 120×80 cm (4’x2’8″), in order to fit into Helmut’s automobile. The elliptical plan is ingenious, and though fully automatic is not a continuous circuit!


Helmut has done a marvelous job of translating the spirit and locale of the book (and subsequent TV series) into a small 1:43 island landscape. The line’s two locomotives are scratchbuilt, and rolling stock is English from Avalon Models. Wolfgang Dudler took the following wonderful photos of the Royal Koeniglich-Lummerlaendi Rail Traffic Company. The layout is still a work in progress — current structures are just paper placeholders, for example. For more information about this charming layout, see Helmut’s web site.


Window shopping

Jack Trollope found this attractive little vignette in a model shop window while on holiday in the south of England. He shot this picture through the window. It’s OO9 and OO standard gauge (HO and HOn30). Looks to be about two feet square (60×60 cm). There’s lots to look at in a very small space!


A very small layout from Japan

Now take a look at what a seriously small layout looks like! This is HOn2 — gauge is 7 mm. Haruhiko Suga created this tiny “tail chaser” layout to show off the new battery loco built by his friend Hiromi Masaki.

The baseboard is 20×15 cm (8″x6″) with a 9 cm radius (3.5″). To see exactly how he built it, including some ingenious and unusual techniques, go to Haruhiko’s web site.


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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