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 Posted: Mon Aug 3rd, 2020 06:36 am
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This layout was built over a few months starting in December 2019.

It was the first micro layout I had built, and was a 'proof of concept',
to see if was possible to use standard (ie, unmodified) off the shelf HO US equipment,
on a layout with very sharp (avg about 11 inches) curves.

The layout is a simple oval, with mountainous scenery.

As it turned out, a number of my shorter cars (40 feet or less) ran on the layout,
and even some locomotives up to GP 4 axle road switchers.

Below is a video series I made of the build process.


Video series about building my 600 x 600mm (approx 2×2 feet) Micro Pizza Layout.

From :-  my YouTube channel.


Video 1: Testing the concept of a HO scale 600x600mm (approx. 4 square feet) micro pizza model railway layout,
using American outline motive power and rollingstock.

Video 2: Scenery foundations for my HO scale 600x600mm (approx. 4 square feet) micro pizza layout,
and some footage of more American outline motive power and rollingstock running on the layout.


Video 3: Basic scenery detailing of my HO scale 600x600mm (approx. 4 square feet) micro pizza layout,
and trains running on it.

Video 4: Scenery completion of my HO scale 600x600mm (approx. 4 square feet) micro pizza layout,
including adding of structures, trees and foliage, and trains running on it.


Some photos of the layout:






























Regards, James




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Recently made a name plate for the layout using MDF lettering.







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A YouTube video I made of a train being 'operated' on the layout this afternoon.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrQSwg22LjM




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A petite Plymouth for the HO scale Petra Pizza micro layout,
means no more large 4 axle diesels locos need to be used for motive power.



For some time now I have wanted to find some motive power for the Petra Pizza micro layout,
that better suits the short trains sharp radius curves on it.

I had been using GPs and FT-A which are somewhat over powered for the short trains,
and the sharp curves caused a lot of overhang,
and required a caboose between the loco and the other cars.

Recently I ordered and received a Walthers Plymouth ML-8 4 wheel switcher.
(or is it a rail tractor?)





It is not much bigger than the X200 class NSWGR rail tractor I received a week or so ago,
so it could probably be classed as a rail tractor.
It would haul similar tonnages as the X200.

I ordered the Plymouth through eBay, and I thought that it would be DCC equipped.
But alas, I mis-read the listing – it is able to be fitted with a DCC decoder,
but is not DCC equipped.  Not to worry.





Above: ML-8 at the Petra depot.


I have a number of locos that I no longer use, for various reasons.

One of them is a Bachmann DCC equipped GE 70 tonner,
which has a dodgy drive train which I haven’t been able to fix.

So I decided to butcher that GE 70 tonner and remove the decoder,
and do what I did with the Tropical Pizza layout:

I wired the decoder from the GE 70 tonner into the Petra Pizza layout.





Above: ML-8 with 3 open hoppers loaded with stone from the Petra quarry loader.
 

This means that I can run anything on the Petra Pizza layout whether DC or DCC.
(any DCC loco used on the layout will be just like it is being controlled by a DC system).





Above: ML-8 with short passenger train of MOW cars.


After a bit of testing, and experimenting with trains,
I found that the Plymouth ML-8 will haul about 4 heavily weighted 33 foot open hoppers,
or a few passenger or box cars without any problems.

And it looks great on the layout going around those sharp curves!




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 Posted: Mon Dec 21st, 2020 06:36 am
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A recent video I uploaded to YouTube,

featuring an IDR NSWGR X200 and Walthers Plymouth ML-8 rail tractors on the layout.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GecR15FRpVw


Regards, James




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