A Holiday Confection from Japan

XmaspizzacakeReminding us all to quickly finish up our holiday “pizza layout” centerpieces
is this delightful HOn2 layer cake from Akihiro Morohoshi in Japan. Happy Holidays!



This charming small layout is Gypsum Works by Brian Bassington. It was an entry in this year’s Chelmsford MRC’s French Connection competition for 30″x20″ layouts. This one features bi-level action.

On the top level, the loco brings mineral gypsum from the mine (inset into the hill), crosses the interesting A-frame trestle, and enters the Gypsum factory building. In principle, it dumps its load into the processer and returns to the mine for another load — in fact, it simply circles round to begin the cycle again.

Inside the factory, the gypsum processing (supposedly) continues, and the finished product is sorted and shunted on the lower level, by a different locomotive.All in all, this is an interesting model of a prototypical industrial works. Photos by Terry Allen.














coombeplanAnd here are a plan and photo of the Chelmsford winner for 2001 — it was built by Graham Watling and is called Grumblewick Coombe. It is built in A3 paper size, features a traverser fiddle-yard under a hill then traverses a 3-arch viaduct before arriving at a tiny station serving an Inn in a desolate valley. A chute is provided for delivering the beer! (Plan is approximate only, not to scale.)




And finally, a blast from the past…










Long-time reader Jack Matson found these pictures in his files. They’re ads from the 1960’s showing off the Vollmer plastic brickworks kit. It’s served by an HOn30 (9mm gauge) railway using Egger-Bahn stock (no longer available) — a very early example of commercial industrial narrow-gauge equipment in action! This display of 40 years ago was so well done that I can still get modeling ideas from studying these photos. Jack also found a rare color photo, which shows the little railroad’s role in the entire production cycle — from raw material acquisition through shipping the finished product!


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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