Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Page Update

Change and A Request

The Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog will now include small model railroad content as well as micro layout content.  There are no "hard and fast" rules on layout size, but the size of the layout should fall under one of the following guidelines:

  • Micro Layouts: No larger than 4 square feet.
  • Small Layouts: No larger than 24 square feet.

I am also looking for volunteers who would be interesting in writing blog posts and/or creating track plans.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at:  otmodelrr [at] gmail [dot] com 

Thank you!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Micro Track Plan: The Car Shop

UPDATED (4/26/2012):  I changed the turnouts from left to right and moved them next to the traverser instead of next to the car shop.  This arrangement allows a loco to access the front track without having to enter the car shop interior.

Here is a basic drawing of a micro track plan to fit a one foot by four foot space.

The traverser could be hidden within another structure by using DPM or Walthers Modular components.  A backdrop could also be used to hide the front of the traverser and a highway overpass to mask the traverser's entrance/exit tracks.  Cars/locos can be fiddled off of the layout within the hidden traverser or you could use a cassette(s) on either end of the front track.

Track Plan Note:  Traverser track is 14 inches long.  Car shop tracks are a little over 11 inches long.

Feel free to modify this plan to suit your needs.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

APA Box Model Railroading

Once again I make a foray into the blogosphere. This time I'm finally coming clean about my experiment with the APA box.
You will be able to follow that blog here I do hope that you'll stop by.