I am hoping some one here can help me find this layout. My local train store said to try you guys out. Years ago I remember a layout that was IIRC 4' wide and 2' deep. It consisted of several switch backs going up a mountain side to a coal or logging camp. Can't remember for sure if HO or N, seems HO was the correct size?
Not much to go on, after 35 years, I am lucky to have remembered it at all.
This is probably the only layout I've ever really wanted to build. Now that my life has calmed down I feel I have the time to invest.
I know this is a long shot, and I appreciate any help you may have.
Howdy and welcome to Freerails. Nope, I don't remember the layout but I can say that in 2 by 4 feet, with switchbacks, etc...it ain't HO. Probably N but even then it takes more than 4 feet to make any decent length of switchbacks. Hope you find it. You might check Carl Arendt's micro layout site, it has little layouts like you mentioned. Good luck with the quest.
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Bill Livingston did a little HO layout about that size, using all four wheel equipment. Wasn't a switchback, as I recall, but more of an oval with a dead end spur going off it. Track was around the edges, and scenery was depressed in the center. Model Railroad Craftsman--now Railroad Model Craftsman --early 50's
Might be too early--35 years ago was late 70's
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Not sure if it's the one you're looking for, but your description reminded me of the Payless Mining Company in On30 which ran in the 1996 sept/oct issue of the gazette. It was 18" x 72" and was primarily two switchbacks with the mine on the top left and the mill on the bottom right.
The author mentions the track plan was inspired by "The Comstock Tramway" in the Jan/Feb 1981 issues of the gazette.