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The late Frank Saunders built Pacific Isle, which was exhibited at the narrow-gauge railway competiition at the 2002 Chelmsford Model Railway Club exhibition.
This busy little line is based on a similar plant where Joe started working some quarter-century ago (pictured below right) although this plant was not actually rail served. Minimum radius on Dapht Woods is 5.5 inches, at the start of the anti-clockwise inner sidings (which is cutting it a bit tight, as tippers will have to be pushed into this siding).
As Emrys says, “The intention is that the inner sidings are slightly higher than the outer (clockwise) sidings. The B&PRR is a company road that interchanges with a nearby railroad to bring in materials and raw stock and to ship out manufactured products. Track will need to be handlaid, and you’ll have to scratchbuild a 6-inch diameter turntable, so this is an Intermediate Level layout.
The company switchers can be anything from hard-working Porters in the steam era, to four-wheel diesel critters or even homemade battery-powered locos.
This layout represents a small railway scrapyard, where time-expired narrow-gauge rolling stock meets its maker, or rather its undertaker. The prime operator in this specialised field is Sidney Smith, alias Sid the Scrapper, a one-time welterweight boxer from the murkier side of East London’s sporting life. In reality, this sort of set-up could exist at virtually any narrow-gauge railway, in an out-of-the-way corner of the trackplan where maintenance activity regularly extends the boundaries of the possible. The layout is a simple oval, with small side branches to hold the stock awaiting their turn for Sid’s piercingly-realistic estimate of their worth. The far side is used for storage of recovered components and for a loading ramp for road vehicles. The permanent stock consists of a small diesel to act as a shunter and a works train, with a tool wagon, a tipper wagon and a tank wagon of cleaning fluid, for Sid is a stickler for removing the grime obscuring his view of the bare metal.
Paul Boehlert, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, has crafted a little plant railroad which serves a south Georgia turpentine still.
The plant is entirely self-contained … it saws its own lumber, makes barrels, and renders down the turpentine all at one place. The casks of turpentine are conveyed to the Outside World via the backstage fiddle yard, which is also where new cars and trains enter the layout.
This busy little line is a good beginner’s introduction to micro layouts in the smaller scales. Owner and maintainer of this website, born in 1983, web developer by trade, father of 2, business owner and too much hobbies! There are many branches to model railroading flirt trains models garden railroads rail fanning and the newest is micro train layouts.

You can almost feel the tropical rain and hear Bloody Mary calling from just down the beach.
The railway delivers coal to the boiler room, whose apparent size is doubled by a mirror on the backscene.
Notice that Joe has also designed the tracks so they can be operated as a three-road Inglenook switching puzzle, as well as serving the power plant. Coal was delivered through the square door to the left and ash departed from the same door. I’ve worked out that the inner siding can rise by a quarter inch while the outer one drops half an inch. It’s a self-contained line, with its own switch engines and industrial four-wheeled rolling stock lettered for the company. Minimum radius is 7 inches, but the ruling radius is 8 inches, and with a little fussing this could be the basic curvature throughout. In the complex mode, you can use a removable cassette track to feed arriving cars into the interchange track. You may want to change out some of the arriving cars, place them on the Shipping and Receiving dock tracks (which lead to the turntable), or retain some of them inside the factory building shell and allow the rest to proceed to the turntable. Arrivals might be assigned one track at the Receiving Dock and be placed there one at a time. As we know, most small-scale locos and wagons lie where they fall, slowly dissolving back into the iron ore deposits from which they were formed. Now retired from pugilism, Sid set up his business with the aid of his modest winnings, an out-of-court settlement with his ex-manager and a few dodgy deals with a local councillor.
A central area (with gantry crane) is given over to the mechanical side of things, whilst an open-sided shed protects those undergoing more environmentally-sensitive electrical or repainting work. Another branch leads off to the main line, if a narrow-gauge development ever had such a thing, so that stock which is merely walking wounded can arrive under its own steam. The llittle railroad knits together these parts of the operation, hauling raw materials to each one, and then transferring the completed product to the next stage in the process.
It’s a double-tracked circuit, capable of running two full trains at one time, in four square feet — and it can be assembled from standard sectional track!
Spotting a spare car on the Coach Siding (a diner, sleeper or baggage car) allows consists to be swapped around, while using the other siding as a loco layover gives room for a switcher or alternative road engine.
Here is my little trackplan Themes and ideas for inspiration surgery just for merriment The track plans are for small operating room medium layouts equally single prefer compact sized model railroading. I’ve been into photography railways and modelling them in miniature for 30 or therefore atomic number 33 well as creating the personal projects showcased on this I like model railroads and I have built.

The coal is simply dumped from side-dumping skips onto the floor beside each boiler, then hand-shoveled into the boilers.
There’s a tipple to dump goodies from the upper track to the lower track (this might make a bit of a mess, of course). Needless to say, this plan can be built in a larger space with broader radii, although then it would no longer be classed as a micro layout — but if that approach appeals to you, by all means go to it! If you’re using narrow gauge, you can further complicate the process by requiring a change of trucks (bogies) from standard to narrow gauge at the Interchange point.
Whatever its configuration, the company switcher picks up incoming cars at the Interchange and hauls them into the factory. You might require them to be spotted in a particular sequence, which could require some sorting using the front end of the passing loop. However there is a small trade to be had in repairing, refurbishing and recycling such time-expired railway items. He now happily spends his time with blowtorch and welding set, renovating and repairing what can be salvaged and recycling what cannot. Repaired items can also depart this way, if not bound for remote parts linked only by road.
Thus, the Frank and Albert Generating Stationcommemorates three generations (pun intended) of station service! Ash is pnuematically conveyed to an overhead bin after it is shovelled out of the boilers front and rear. Work has started on the layout (below left), which fittingly will be housed in Joe’s office at a real-life power plant. The switcher could also take advantage of this opportunity to remove the cars at the Shipping Dock track and set them aside for later hauling to the Interchange. A small office completes the scene, apart from a myriad of bits and pieces that collectors of railwayana would give good money for. Scenery should be as whimsical as possible, ensuring that the little trains disappear from time to time around or behind giant heaps of inventive scrap. Supplies for the two industries on the inner circuit arrive via the wharf track at the top.
The way these systems work is that small hatches in the floor are opened and a steam powered ejector sucks the ash from the floor to the bin, from which it’s loaded into railroad cars and hauled away.

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