Layout Spotlight – Str Solano

As part of the Rail-Marine theme this month, we present here the model of the Steamer Solano which was present at the 2014 NMRA NCR Division 6 Model Railroad Show & Workshop. The Model is by Jim Turner and represents the Solano which operated across the Carquinez Strait between Benicia and Port…

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Layout Spotlight – Great Lakes HOn30 Modular Group

Each year the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad holds Railfan Weekend. This year I was able to attend and be part of the SE Michigan Free-mo layout display. The Railfan Weekend includes train shop tours, historical rail interpretations, tuneful train whistle blows throughout the weekend, and a special photo run. One layout which i…

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Layout Spotlight – Slate Creek Mining

I am always looking for layouts with character. While looking at many Gn15 layouts for ideas i came across this video for the Slate Creek Mining Railroad by Dirk Becker. One of the first things that caught my eye was the great use of color and the attention to detail. According…

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Layout Spotlight – Will County Model Railroad Association (WCMRRA)

On a recent trip to Chicago for business, I managed to get time to visit the Will County Model Railroad Association (WCMRRA). I knew of the club from meeting Chris Herzog at the 2012 National Train Show in Grand Rapids Michigan. The WCMRRA has recently acquired new space in downtown…

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Layout Spotlight – Kostlee Brick & Stone RR

This months feature layout is the Kostlee Brick & Stone RR  yard by Paul Love. Paul attended the 2014 Small Layout Design Meet and displayed a 24” x 30” HO scale “Christmas tree stand” layout. This month we show off his variable length switching layout. Paul has designed and built a portable layout…

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BSER

Layout Spot Light – The Bigfoot Spotters Excursion Railway

Every so often I come across layouts that just, lets just say “scratch that itch”. So it was when I saw the Bigfoot Spotters Excursion Railway (BSER) by Chris Walas. I found the BSER while looking for inspiration for a pizza layout. Per Chris; the subject for my 2013 pizza Snowflake…

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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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Alan Mueller, Rebuilding the Mantua General

Retail model locomotives for the American Civil War period (1861-1865) are almost non-existent for the HO scale modeler. Many modelers purchase the long discontinued General 4-4-0 locomotive produced by Mantua. The General was manufactured virtually unchanged from 1953 until 2001 under both the Mantua and TYCO names. With such a long production…

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I Miss Carl Arendt!

I miss Carl Arendt! His writings on small and micro layouts at http://www.carendt.com/ changed my view of Model Railroading forever.  Over several years I had attempted to build a few different layouts and all ended with a semi-constructed “plywood central” that did not satisfy or keep my attention. Each time I would get…

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