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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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 – 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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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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Small Layout Ideas – The Flong Railway

Here is another look at an interesting prototype railway to model. As with the last article, I hope this will inspire another small layout design. Feedback on this and any article is always welcome! The Flong Railway is a little known narrow gauge line that traverses the island of San…

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A Helix in Foam Core

In a previous post we looked at the Brewery Tramway which included a prototype helix. The thought of creating a helix and multilevel layout continued to intrigue me for some time. I had never done one before, not even on my large layout attempts. I decided to try and build the…

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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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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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