Train Show Small Layouts

It is that time of year when train shows abound. Whenever I go to a train show or event, I am always on the hunt for small layouts. This months episode looks at a few that I found recently. Most shows in the U.S. are more flea market than train…

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Christmas Display Layouts

This month we will take a look at a series of Christmas layouts by Brian G Kammerer. All photos in this article are by Dana Laird. We looked at some examples of Brian’s work in a prior article “Layout Composition and Design Concepts“. Brian has been creating small display layouts for…

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A Helix in Foam Core

In a previous post we looked at the Brewery Tramway which included a prototype helix. The thought of creating a helix and multilevel layout continued to intrigue me for some time. I had never done one before, not even on my large layout attempts. I decided to try and build the…

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YouTube Micro Layout Review

YouTube is a phenomenon in itself these days. Everyone is posting video to share and the quality of many is very exceptional. My kids rarely watch regular television anymore and instead opt for searching YouTube for entertainment. I thought I would take a trip down YouTube lane and see what…

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Carl's Sap Line

Layout Composition and Design Concepts

This post marks the one year anniversary of the Small Model Railroad web site. The first post “I Miss Carl Arendt!” was a tribute to Carl Arendt who had recently passed away. Those of you who have read the site know that his site and views on the hobby changed my…

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Modular Design for a Shelf Layout

While planning the Peshekee River Railroad, I had some significant challenges to overcome. My home has limited space and my railroad would have to share my workshop. I do woodworking so the dust levels are high. The layout will need a way to be protected when doing my woodworking. The location…

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Continuous Running

After the Small Layout Design Meet, I have been giving a lot of thought to layouts that have continuous running. These layouts can take many forms and we will examine a few here. Pizza The most common and arguably smallest is the Pizza layout. Built in a simple circle it…

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So Many Trains, So Little Time

The title says it all. My time has been very limited over the last month. Between work, family and the Small Layout Design Meet I have had little time for my own train ambitions. As a result it has been a month since my last post. On the good side, I…

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IC Passenger Cars in Cairo During the War

Civil War Era Railroad Equipment

As part of building the Mound City 1862 layout, I have had to learn about Civil War era railroad equipment. It is clear that railroading in the early days was tough and full of hazards. I will be showing the partially completed layout at the Small Layout Design Meet on…

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2013 Small Layout Design Meet

A group is putting together a meet-up on June 1 (with other social meets on Friday and Sunday) in Findlay OH. The meet is open to anyone who likes small, modular or micro layouts. Info is at the website https://sites.google.com/site/smalllayoutdesignmeet2013/ Everyone is encouraged to bring something to share. The meet…

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