Lionel Garing’s O Scale Industrial Layout

This month we are taking a look at an industrial layout created by Lionel Garing of Strasbourg, France. Lionel has designed and constructed a highly detailed O Scale shelf layout. The layout depicts and industrial area that might be found in any North American inner city. The layout measures 6.5…

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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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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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Small Layout Meet 2017 Video Available

This years venue moved to the new home of the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, INC. The meet was held in conjunction with the facilities Family Fun Day which meant that many families came and got to see all the small layouts. During the Small Layout Meet a number of videos…

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Adrian and the LS&MS

The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern main line stretched from Buffalo to Chicago by 1857. It would become the backbone of the New York Central in the 20th Century. The line at this time went through Adrian Michigan which was fast becoming the major railroad hub of the area. Adrian…

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Jim Sacco’s City Classics Display Layout

Many suppliers of Model Railroad materials build display layouts to show how their products will look/work on a layout. Many times these layouts are not much more than a static display. If they run, they do not have much scenery or are no more than a loop to allow equipment…

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