I used to follow a blog called ‘The Staging Yard’, following a UK based modeller’s trials at building a US layout, until it went quiet in 2014. Reading RMWeb the other day, I saw that the blog had reappeared and was being continued on RMWeb, written by a certain Dr Gerbil-Fritters. I thought my alias was strange…..
Nevertheless, this thread makes interesting reading, as the layout gets progressively simpler, as can be seen from these plans.
The thought is that the simpler plans are just more realistic and can be operated prototypically.
However, at the end of the thread, we have the worrying comments….
Not sure yet. The pike worked fine, was reasonably authentic, yet I just didn’t have any love for it. I am still looking for an emotional connection, but it’s proving elusive.
And after a little play with British ‘OO’ and ‘O’….
I’m having a short sabbatical from model trains.
Sometimes its difficult to decide what you really want to model. I hope he will soon be back, but I can so identify with that!
The second example of ‘less is more’ is in ‘O’ gauge, and is on the Model Railroad Hobbyist site. Here ‘Kurt’ describes his new switching layout, Cleveland Flats. A mere 11′ long in ‘O’ gauge, plus a few feet headshunt on the left. This little layout is based on the big cereal food processor at Cleveland Flats. And even in ‘O’ gauge, it is close to scale length. The plan is closely based on the prototype, with short tracks and tight clearances.
Another excellent little switching layout that could built in any scale – in ‘N’ perhaps a 6′ x 6″shelf would take the whole plan and give a lot of entertainment for its size. Imagine the care needed when crossing both grade crossings.