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    micro layouts, ho / oo scale, layout building, dcc, electronics, switching / shunting

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  1. Scaling back the track arrangement on my 4×1 feet HO scale Box Street micro switching layout to be more similar to the track plan that inspired it and re-arrangement of industries. A few days ago, I was contemplating my Box Street micro layout, and thinking about how I can improve it. I was initially thinking about a totally new track arrangement based on a Peco 3 way turnout, but when I saw how much they cost I decided against that idea. I looked through the Carl Arendt authored books I have for small and micro layouts, and I happened upon the Boxer Shortline plan on which my Box
  2. Tropical palm and fern trees and some people add more life to a verdant tropical island HO scale micro layout. Since the last blog post about my Tropical Pizza layout, I have received and added tropical trees to the layout. I also found some HO size people to add to the layout, adding some much need human population to the layout. As a point of reference, here is the layout scenery before the trees and people were added. Harbour view Storage track Plantation Plantation passenger ‘station’ And here are the sa
  3. A recent video I uploaded to YouTube featuring an IDR NSWGR X200 and Walthers Plymouth ML-8 rail tractors on the layout. Regards, James
  4. A petite Plymouth for the HO scale Petra Pizza micro layout means no more large 4 axle diesels locos need to be used for motive power. For some time now I have wanted to find some motive power for the Petra Pizza micro layout that better suits the short trains sharp radius curves on it. I had been using GPs and FT-A which are somewhat over powered for the short trains, and the sharp curves caused a lot of overhang, and required a caboose between the loco and the other cars. Recently I ordered and received a Walthers Plymouth ML-8 4 wheel switcher (or is it a rail tractor?)
  5. Scenery progress on my HO scale micro tropical layout went slowly at first, but progress has sped up more recently. Since the last post about my Tropical Pizza layout, which technically is probably not really a “pizza” layout as it doesn’t have a continuous loop of track, I have been doing a lot of scenery work on it and have complete the very simple wiring. The progress had been slow for quite a while, but in the last week or so I have made a concerted effort to get as much scenery done on this layout as possible. Scenery work over the last week or so has progressed st
  6. A YouTube video I made of a train being 'operated' on the layout this afternoon.
  7. Recently I started creating some name boards using MDF lettering for my various micro layouts. Here is the one I made for the Pier 39 layout. Brooklyn, NY being the area the layout is supposed to represent. I couldn't easily acquire MDF numbers '3' and '9', so opted for the name of the place where the layout represents instead. Regards, James
  8. I did something similar with the modular layouts I had, including making the configuration flexible so that they could be in numerous configurations, so I could set up the layouts in various available spaces, from straight to 'L' shaped to 'U' shaped, by simply adding or removing or 'flipping' modules. There were 4 'core' modules, with other ones changed / constructed / scrapped according to space. Track plans / modules of my last modular layout are here if your interested: http://www.jimsmodeltrains.ws/dolton-illinook/ Regards, James
  9. I've had a number of modular layouts over the years. Definitely the way to go if you have to have flexibility to fit various sizes of available space.
  10. Recently I started creating some name boards using MDF lettering for my various micro layouts. Here is the one I made for the Petra Micro Pizza layout. The EMD / GM FT has a lot less overhang at the front and back than a GP3x / GP4x!
  11. Recently I started creating some name boards using MDF lettering for my various micro layouts. Here is the one I made for the Box Street Micro layout.
  12. Terraforming is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying something to make it more Earth-like, usually to make it habitable by Earth-like life. It is something that to date has never been done in the real world, but the concept abounds in science fiction and has done for many years. A model railway builder engages in a sort-of terraforming when he or she builds layout. Especially when when the goal is to make the layout as realistic and earth-like as possible. Over the last few weeks I have been engaging in “terraforming” the scenery on the HO scale Tropical Pizza micro L
  13. With the left over bamboo, palm trees, and agave plants purchased for my Brazilian Micro Layout, and a fairly large amount of XPS insulation foam left over from construction of my Brazilian Micro Layout, it seemed like a good idea to build another micro pizza layout. This second micro pizza layout has been in the early planning (ie, just thinking very vaguely about it and wondering what scale and gauge to use on it) for quite some time, with the Petra Pizza layout positioned on legs with a new 600mm x 600mm baseboard under those legs around June 2020. With the provisio
  14. Hi Alex. NE could mean North Eastern Railway (NER), which according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Eastern_Railway_(United_Kingdom) was later grouped into the London North Eastern Railway (LNER). Whether NE marked wagons would have made it into BR times I don't know, and if they did I don't know how common it would have been to have a GW wagon or BR loco with an NE brake van. Regards, James
  15. A You Tube video I made featuring my Ruston Light Railway layout. Regards, James
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