About the blog

This rambling blog is about building a couple of simple layouts in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Friday, 22 September 2017

BR94s on the Rennsteig

Rather wonderful videos of one of my favourite railways - please enjoy.

Monday, 18 September 2017

To box or not to box - that is the question.

I realise that 'modern' micro layouts should be presented in an open fronted box with a proscenium arch, LED lighting and operating from the front, at least,  that is the current trend.

Having built and operated two 'boxed' layout, I really hated the experience, despite being out front and amongst the onlookers, I had to turn my back on them in order to operate.

Maybe a compromise is an option - chest height backscene panels that allow the operator to see (and poke) the layout, operate from the rear so that I can talk face2face with the punters and maybe a fancy proscenium front for the lighting?

 What's the difference? Well, access to the layout, operating position and a more open presentation.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Small layout progress - 5

The exit is almost complete

The hidden cassette dock, tunnel mouth and rocks are in place, the scene is typical of Fränkische Schweiz. .

The large white lump has been coloured to match the rocks, covered in vegetation and blended into the surrounding scenery.

A typical back road in Fränkische Schweiz.