This layout was designed
after reading the article by Laurie Green in 'Narrow Gauge Downunder'
Winter/Spring 1998 issue. He describes
the design principles when building
This information is also available
The lengths of the sidings on Port Angustias are carefully finetuned
for 24' cars. This tuning has
helped getting more operational interest from a smaller space than most
of the other
layouts shown here. In case you plan to build this layout and use
longer cars ( 30' ) make sure
that you lengthen track accordingly.
Besides the dock, where usage is obvious, I still have to decide on the
type of businesses to put on the
sidings. I'm considering an oil/coal dealership and a
(very) small sawmill which cuts ties etc.
but am still not sure.
The inspiration for the name came from a recent vacation to La Palma,
Canary Islands where one
canon is named 'Barranco de las Angustias', which means 'mortal fear'.
Also, as my friend Alex Zelkin told me, the
French translation of the Howard Hawkes movie "To Have and Have Not"
starring Humphrey Bogart
was "Le Port de l'Angoisse". So there are two good reasons for
picking that name.