Old critter abandoned on one of the old industrial sidings.

Small Layout Ideas – The Palmyra and Jacksonburgh Railroad

The area of Michigan that I live in has a colorful history when it comes to railroads. Every major eastern carrier at one time crossed lower South East Michigan through Monroe and Lenawee Counties. This article will take a look at one of the first and a little branch line…

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Passenger Car

Brewery Tramway

Back in the article Small Layout Inspirations we took a short look at the Guinness Brewery Tramway. That article mentioned that the brewery had a spiral tunnel (helix) connecting the lower and upper portions of the complex. This became the inspiration for the Brewery Tramway layout presented here. The Guinness Brewery was…

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Small Layout Inspirations

Looking around the web for unique prototype railways to model, these have caught my eye. I think many would make an interesting small layout. Peat Railways of Bord na Mona Bord na Mona is a vast Peat Bog in Ireland. Peat was Ireland’s only significant indigenous fuel. Large scale extraction meant less reliance…

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Car Floats and Ferries

Car floats and Ferries present unique visual and operating interest in model railroads. I am always captivated by any design where a port or water-railroad interface happens. A ferry or float operation brings the added interest of a built in fiddle yard. Between operating sessions just replacing the cars changes the…

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Small Layout Ideas – Delta OH

I found this while on one of my bicycle rides. Out 50 miles and then 50 back for what is called a century. This is close to my turning point. There are two industries here along with an interchange between the Indiana and Ohio Railway (ex DT&I) and Norfolk & Western…

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Mound City Map

Mound City 1862 – Overview

Mound City 1862 is a display layout I am building that is intended to travel and be shown much like is done in the UK and Europe. This will be my first true display layout. I have exhibited with the Free-mo organization at the National Train Show in 2012 and enjoyed it…

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