Working with Foam Core

There has been a lot of conversation in the forums about using Gator Foam, Foam Board, Insulation Foam and the pros and cons of each for layouts. I decided to break out my old Bakersville Layout and see how it was holding up. I started Bakersville two years ago as an On30 test…

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Traverser

Building a Traverser

The design for the layout included the need for a traverser so trains appear to go somewhere. I am hoping to stage up to three trains for a mix of operations. To build the traverser, I used 1/4″ underlayment (thin smooth plywood) as the bottom. This was placed directly on the frame…

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New Historical Information Becomes Available

In November I was contacted by Richard Kuenneke, Media Producer of Oakview Road Media, Carbondale, Illinois and the writer-director of an award winning documentary about the Mound City National Cemetery about my work on the Mound City 1862 layout. Richard has done research on Mound City, Cairo and the Ironclads built there…

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Using Mock-ups and Building Bridges

To take a break from the monotony of spiking on the Mound City 1862 layout I thought I would review progress on the Peshekee River Railroad. The core shelf sections have been completed for a long time (before I ever started this website). Rail has been laid from  Champion to the logging…

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194 inches, 776 ties, 3,104 spikes

Progress has been slow. I decided to spike every tie for a more authentic look. the finished results are looking good but it is slow going. I decided to do some quick math to see how many spikes I would drive by the time I was done. Here is the…

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Hand Laying Track

Part of my plan for Mound City 1862 is to have authentic looking track work. That will mean rough wood ties, stub switches and code 55 track. Essentially I have to hand lay all of the track. I have never hand laid track before, much less a turnout. So I…

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Small Display Layout with Variable LED Lighting

While researching how to light my Mound City 1862 display layout, I received some very innovative lighting recommendations from Joseph Norris. I met Joseph through the Yahoo Small Layout Design Group. Joseph has been experimenting with a lighting design using bright LEDs that can easily be dimmed manually or electronically. He made his own…

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Carl Arendt's Squarefoot Estate Railway, G scale in one square foot

Consider the Small Layout

NOTE: Many of the sample layouts featured in this article were borrowed from Carl Arendt’s web site. Links back to appropriate page on Carl’s site have been provided. Among North American Model Railroad Hobbyists, there is a predominant thought that a “real” layout is one that fills a large space such as a…

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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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KBScale Tipper Wagon and Platform Wagon

Fun with O14

I always have several projects in the works at any one time. I like variety! One of the projects I am contemplating is a micro layout based on the copper smelting operations in northern Michigan. Inside the smelter buildings they used an industrial tram way. Both electric and diesel motors were apparently used. O14…

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