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Changes Coming to SmallMR.com

It is hard to believe this site has been going since 2012 and is entering it’s 7th year. This site was inspired by Carl Arendt who passed away in 2011. This site was not meant as a replacement for Carl’s website but as another voice of Small Layout Advocacy. Up…

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Christmas Layout 2018

Each Holiday Season I like to look for a Christmas Layout to feature on Small Model Railroads. This year we are going to take a look at Wayde Gutman’s unique Christmas Tree Layout. All images/videos in this article were taken by Wayde Gutman. Wayde’s layout is unique because his layout…

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Designing a Box for a Small Layout

When I design modules, I always try to make them a single element with everything required for setup in one package. The trains themselves must be transported separately for obvious reasons but things like legs, scenery and some structures in my mind can all be together as a single unit…

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2018 Mini-Bunch Fall Meet

On September 29th-30th 2018, I attended the Fall Mini-Bunch Meet. For those who may not know, the Mini-Bunch is a small group of Narrow Gauge Enthusiasts and modelers primarily located in NW Ohio, NE Indiana and SE Michigan. This year the meet was in Chelsea Michigan. Many of the groups…

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All the Model Rail Layouts

While showing layouts as part of free-mo, I am often asked about my home layout. My response is often “which one?” At any given time I have at least four layouts in process (six right now). These layouts are always at various stages of completion and represent several scales, gauges…

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Boat Yard Update – August 2018

Back in October 2015, I presented my new Free-mo module project, The Boat Yard. When I wrote the article I had hoped to have the module set complete enough to show at the 2016 National Train Show. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the show as planned and had to…

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Free-mo Endings

Before you ask, I am not giving up Free-mo! This month we are going to take a look at designs for Free-mo ends. These will be very small, short modules that will be the end of the line instead of just a drop-off where the last module ends. Lately, I…

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WWI Light Railways

Back in February 2013 we took a quick look at the WWI Military Railway as inspiration for a small layout. Since today is November 11, Veterans Day, here in the USA (Armistice Day, Memorial Day, Remembrance Day in other parts of the world), I thought it would be a good time to…

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Lou Angelucci’s Christmas N Scale Layout

Christmas is coming soon! Time to get those small Christmas layouts out and start prepping them for the holiday season! Lou Angelucci was kind enough to contact me and send a few images of his N scale Christmas layout. Per Lou: “It goes under the tree. It is meant for…

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Doug Tagsold’s Colorado & Southern

Although this blog is mostly about small layouts, this week I am sharing my experience with operations on Doug Tagsold’s Colorado & Southern layout. Doug’s layout fills about 75% of his basement so this is not a small layout by any means. Doug tries to hold an operating session each…

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