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Brian has been creating small display layouts for the Rowayton, CT Historical Society Open House each year. In 2010 Brian offered to setup a train layout and started with this small N-scale window layout. The pine trees are made from butterfly bush clippings with light green flocking sprinkled atop Hunt Club Green spray painted clippings.
Brian is now on his fourth year and is planning to model the Norwalk Trolley Line for his 2013 display. Brian is an accomplished artist with 35 years of Advertising experience and is a member of the Yahoo Civil War Model Railroading Group.
Dana Laird’s use of lighting and photography not only captured the finely detailed scenes but also did a great job setting a mood.
So excellent was their combined work that at first glance I thought I was looking at an actual prototype photograph. As I have stated before, I used to be a lone wolf and kept my modeling to myself. Over the past year I have met a few new friends through free-mo and through this blog. Jim contacted me a few months ago about one of the articles in this blog (Peshekee River Railroad). To those of you out there who are lone wolf modelers, no matter your skill level and no matter if you do not have a layout yet, get out there and meet people. You never know what interesting people and surprises lurk just down the street. I decided to attempt a scratch built rail barge based on NS Detroit river barges that ran up to about 1995. Other future plans that may or may not come to life include: Detroit Salt Company and the Smelter. I enjoy modeling but since I stopped being a lone wolf, I have begun to enjoy the hobby more than ever before. This year I am starting to give clinics on some of the items I have shared or experimented with. I highly recommend that others get involved and join in the interaction. One added bonus when you volunteer, is sometimes you get access to some areas not normally available to the public like I did at the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend. A tour of the back shops revealed the remains of Quincy & Torch Lake 2-6-0 #3 built by Brooks in 1894. For an example, lets look into this photo of an old iron ore mining location somewhere in the Midwest (I do not remember where this was but i liked the detail when I found it).
The railroad is still using stub switches but this one has a more modern lever than the others in the original photo. In this closeup view of the head frame, we can see one of the skips tipped up and what appears to be a wagon most likely for tailings.
The best site for looking at old photos like these are the Library of Congress (LOC) Digital Collections and Shorpy. Everyone should do something smallIf you have ideas you wish to share, please send them to me (feedback link in the main menu). Because HO needs more “shoulder room” than HOn3, 18” radius turns and #5’s are bigger than the 16-18” turns and #4’s of the original plan, and because the room can fit it; I increased the size of the layout one foot on the long axis so my plan is 8’ x 11’ and is fit into a 10’ x 14’ room. As far as the schematic layout of the tracks, curve for curve, tunnel for tunnel, bridge for bridge, the only change I made was to completely redesign the tracks at Montrose, tuning it into a seaport (Tiburbon on my layout) and add a wye behind Tincup leading off through a bookcase to staging tracks in the corner. Like the Frenchman’s Axe: the handle replaced three times, the head replaced twice, but still the same axe – I consider my plan to be largely the same as Furlow’s SJC despite all my tweaks. Drawing the initial plan of your layout feels really hard in a CAD system compared to pencil and paper – so much so that you can begin to wonder: is CAD is really the way to go? The initial CAD drawing may take longer to get down the first time than a cranking out a similar pencil and paper drawing but CHANGES to your plan are where the CAD simply kicks butt.


Using pencil and paper it would have taken me many hours to redraw the layout with different turnouts.
3rd PlanIt has fairly deep terrain generating and editing capabilities but at that point in the process I made the decision that the time-to-benefit ratio was not good enough for me to go deeply into that on my plan. For small fence segments, it's probably best just to draw the fence by hand on quad ruled paper (or with a graphics program on your computer, as below.) and use ordinary Scotch double-sided tape to hold the pieces. A second yardstick tacked to the first with a couple of track nails serves as a straightedge to keep the top of the spacer blocks aligned. For smaller or odd-sized projects, you can use just a piece of paper with a drawing of the fence layout and ordinary double-stick tape (sticky both sides) applied over the drawing. Stretch a length of wire several inches longer than the total run of the fence segment you are building. If diagonal or horizontal bracing is desired, (see photos of finished fence) it can be applied at this time. Cut a length of the bridal veil material a couple of inches longer and wider than your fence framework.
Use a toothpick to lightly spread a small amount of ACC over the first post, right over the material.
When all material has been trimmed, bend the 'extensions' for the barbed wire 45 degrees to the outside of the fencing by holding the extension in the pliers and bending it while holding the main portion of the fence . When it is attached, just go down the fence making a single turn around each extension, as close as you can to the fence.
WARNING — NEVER attempt to break GSP thread in your hands or wrap it around your fingers! Brian uses flour since the setup is temporary. The flour makes it look like real lightly dusted snow.
My goal is for getting something out at least once a month but sometimes life just gets in the way!
I find that the interaction has enhanced my awareness of the broad spectrum of ideas, personalities and modeling styles. Unfortunately the frame is so badly worn from its years of service that it will never run again.
I am happy to post other peoples layout ideas and information to support small, modular and micro layouts.
I used a modeling clay model of the layout to work out the 3D aspects of the scenery (I write about that here). I've changed computers several times since then, and thought I'd lost this along with the files for the rest of the website. This can be built on the same jig as the industrial fence, if you remember to remove the fence from the jig before soldering on the bottom runner. When all of the blocks are dry, a couple of lengths of stripwood or plastic glued across the top about 3 scale feet above the spacer blocks provide a stop for getting the fenceposts even on the top. Just press your posts down onto the tape and it will hold them long enough for you to solder the runners to them. It is exceptionally strong (stronger than steel wire of the same size) and will quickly slice through your fingers clear down to the bone!
The burlap gives it texture and holds any material sprinkled onto the wet paint due to the woven pattern.
Brian used two smaller dioramas to create the larger scene. The original sizes were 20 x 32 inches.
I liked how both commercial and natural materials were used to create a very realistic landscape.


It seems Jim farms property adjacent to the old right of way and he and his family have been digging up cast away pieces of strap iron for years.
To date I have met several other accomplished modelers and have joined them in operating sessions on a local layout. This past summer I had a rigorous work schedule with many visits, new product launches and being short staffed. The internet and hobby magazines are great source, but talking to those who take a direct interest in what you present and the interaction it brings is another dimension. The depth and clarity of these old photos lets you go deep into the image and see things you would not notice when taken in as a whole.
The drainage ditch snakes around the stand and a culvert has been made with what look like railroad ties here and near the top of the image. They also provide an RSS feed so as new items are brought on-line a notification is sent out. I’ve had work related experience with CAD systems and while 3rd PlanIt is not flawless it is certainly good enough to have been a great help in planning the layout. I only had to go back once to buy one more 10-foot 1×4 because I made an oops and forgot to leave myself a long piece. Put a piece of cardboard under the drawing when soldering if you're on the kitchen table… I'm not defending you to your spouse! I usually lift one end of the fence to clear the spacer blocks, then slip a long, thin knife blade or piece of styrene under the runners and slide it down the jig. If applying diagonal braces in pairs (as at corners) bend the wire to the approximate angle needed, then solder the bend in position.
Place the framework under the material POST SIDE UP, RUNNER SIDE DOWN, and slightly stretch the material over the length of the fence.
A couple of turns around one of the extensions holds the thread long enough for ACC to be applied at the first post. This is the same material the new superstrong fishing lines (Spiderwire, Fireline, Power Pro, etc.) are made from. Turns out Walthers looked like they were going to be out of stock for weeks or months on those items.
Industrial fences are typically 8 feet high, and topped with 3 strands of barbed wire on brackets mounted at 45 degrees, facing outward.
The spacer blocks are glued to the yardstick , using a piece of the bus wire as a spacer between them. Even though you may only need a foot of fence now, once you see how simple it is to do you'll be putting them everywhere, just like the prototype… and you can bet they'll get longer as you go! This will allow you to bend the fence runners to follow the contours of the terrain when you install it.
Drill holes for the longer posts (you did remember to make every third or fourth post longer, didn't you? Kammerer’s interest in the American Civil War, I live in Virginia and many structures that appear on the layout still dot the Virginia countryside. Wrap and glue at the end of the run, then trim the excess thread with sharp scissors when dry.



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