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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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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Small Layout Meet 2017

The 2017 Small Layout Meet was a success once again. It seems each year it grows a little more. 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…

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Layout by Matt Ruzicka

Small Layout Meet 2017

The Small Layout Meet is Back! June 10, 2017, 10AM – 4PM Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, INC 12505 C.R. 99 Findlay, OH 45840 Same people, about a third of a mile east of the original location. Jeff and Russ are coordinating the show. Click here to download the flyer for…

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Room layout drawn is SketchUp

PESHEKEE RIVER RAILROAD II – Learning from mistakes

Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way. My original Peshekee River Railroad design located  the layout in my basement workshop. Now I do wood working so this was not a good idea. I had thought that by creating a shelf layout that enclosed the layout and prevented dust…

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Switching Challenge Room Dimensions

Layout Design Journal 2016 Switching Operation Challenge

If you have a passion for fiddling with track and switching, this might be the thing for you. The Model Railroad Layout Design SIG (LDSIG) is having a Layout Design Challenge. The goal of this design challenge is to ask designers to create track plans and stories for publication in the…

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If we did not make mistakes we would never learn anything

This months article on building legs includes a couple mistakes or where I did not follow the original design. We have to realize that making mistakes is part of the learning process. After the first setup with the Boat Yard in Flint Michigan (yes I missed the National Show with…

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