Switching Layout Set in Vancouver


Harrterm Yard is Ian Bareham’s small HO switching layout, featuring lots of detailed industrial scenes. The L-shaped shelf design uses modern North American equipment, and is scenicked to represent the Pacific Northwest, near Vancouver. Photos by Ian Bareham.


How to Create Layout Room


Carl Hille, who hails from Sequim, WA — not far from the setting for Harrterm Yard above — was hard pressed to find room for an HO layout. He had some nice trains depicting the Alaska RR, where he used to live, but couldn’t find a place to display them. So he converted some window sills to long, slender layout spaces. An under-construction result is shown above, as the 5:14 mixed freight pulls into Seward to the applause of the tourists and locals alike!   Photo by Helen Hille.

Artistry in the Key of Z

ZTVTodd Gamble custom-built this Z-scale railroad to fit on a client’s television set and show off a collection of miniature cottages. It’s wired to light up at night (below). By day, Todd creates art for role-playing games in Washington state. You might also enjoy making some of his paper fold-up buildings, available online.






UPDATE– Todd has just forwarded (Feb. 2003) a couple of stunning closeup shots of this little Z scale table topper, so we’ve added them to the story. What an amazing amount of detail he’s packed into this tiny space!



 A delightful narrow-gauge branch


And finally, not from the Pacific Northwest but from England’s talented Giles Barnabe comes this design for a mythical British narrow gauge line. Scenery to show off the trains is emphasized here, with limited operation in a 20″x30″ (50×76 cm) space. This trackplan was developed from another layout, built into a suitcase, which appeared in the British model press in the late 1960’s.

Giles describes the layout like this: “The basic oval is partly hidden by a stony hillside into which the main line delves, and there is a branch line running uphill into a mine situated across the river from a passing station. There is just room for a siding off the oval inside the hill, which allows one train to be stored while another takes its turn around the main line. There’s also the possibility of adding locomotive sidings in the two hidden corners.

“The mine train could run from here to the station, where the locomotive would need to get to the back of the wagons before propelling them up the branch line. Curves are tight, so only small locomotives and wagons can be used, but these will not overpower the layout.”

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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