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 Posted: Fri Sep 5th, 2014 01:57 pm
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I'm new to micro-layouts. I've started many large layouts but never completed one so I figured I might have a chance at something the size of a pizza. One advantage of these things is they're portable and I was wondering if there are gatherings of like-minded folks here and there around the country who show off their constructions. While even a micro is inconvenient to haul across country in an airplane, something within driving distance would be welcome. I live in the SF Bay Area. Anyone else?
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I don't think that there are two many train shows in the US that feature micro layouts, simply because a lot of modelers do have space to build something larger than a few square feet. However, I do know that such shows exist in Europe. And as for clubs, and organizations, carendt.com is probably the best place to find that information out. Ever since Mr. Arendt passed away in 2011, the site has been updated and is under new management. While scrapbook issues haven't been added at a regular basis, it does appear that the site is slowly regathering the steam it once had.

The second best place to find others with micro layouts would be to go to train shows with your layout. After the public leaves for the evening you will have the chance to look around, undoubtably someone will also have a small layout.

I myself am way far away from California, plus my modeling is currently in a state of flux. But I hope to have something by Thanksgiving that will be a micro-type of layout.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 7th, 2014 05:07 pm
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Thanks James. I'll look into the carendt.com site. I've seen a few micros here and there over the years, one about fifteen years ago in G-scale. There are quite a few online - YouTube and such. I'll probably focus on the train shows.

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jtrain wrote:
I don't think that there are two many train shows in the US that feature micro layouts, simply because a lot of modelers do have space to build something larger than a few square feet. However, I do know that such shows exist in Europe. And as for clubs, and organizations, carendt.com is probably the best place to find that information out. Ever since Mr. Arendt passed away in 2011, the site has been updated and is under new management. While scrapbook issues haven't been added at a regular basis, it does appear that the site is slowly regathering the steam it once had.

The second best place to find others with micro layouts would be to go to train shows with your layout. After the public leaves for the evening you will have the chance to look around, undoubtably someone will also have a small layout.

I myself am way far away from California, plus my modeling is currently in a state of flux. But I hope to have something by Thanksgiving that will be a micro-type of layout.

Good luck!

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thanks james went to the sight and many linked places.wow i was just browsing and was there for 3 hours.i got a couple n gauge 0 6 0s .gonna try and get a twice around pizza going by christmas.thanks jim



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gonna do on18.anything smaller than o is too hard for my busted up hands and tired eyes.have a hard time tying a few flies anymore



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I'm working on a 2x2 foot micro, two tiers, On30. I'm forced to hand-lay track which is a new experience and after some trial and error, that's gone better than I expected except for a small gap at a rail joint that promotes a bit of a "clunk" when the loco goes clockwise. I'll run it the other way instead. Other than that, so far, so good - and I'll make sure the upper tier has no rail gaps.

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Hi there

I don't know if I'm aloud to say this so please remove if so but have you looked at the forum called some thing like scrapbook layouts. This caters for just micro layouts in all scales.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 10th, 2014 04:06 pm
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Dan, I tried all combinations of the words train, scrapbook and layouts but came up empty. Do you have a suggestion of where I might look?
Thanks,
David

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 Posted: Wed Sep 10th, 2014 05:56 pm
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Dan, I found it, it's the Carl Arendt site. Thanks again,
David

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