The first version of this layout
was built years ago after reading an article about French micro-layouts in
the May/June 1993 issue of the Gazette. The same evening I pulled out a piece of plywood, some HOn30 flextrack
plus several Peco HOn30 turnouts I had had lying around for years. Without much
planning an oval of track, including some sidings, was laid and scenery construction started.
As I didn't like the resulting scenery, further construction stopped and I forgot about it
when I started my First DS&W layout.
Due to several moves I had to tear down that layout and some day that piece of plywood,
stripped of its scenery at some point in time, fell into my hands. With it came the wish
to finally finish it, although in a different style than originally planned.
The grayed out area is (almost) finished but hasn't been photographed so far.
All the photos in the Photo Tour are of the bottom half.
When I redesigned the layout, I had the following objectives:
- an European setting as a change from my usual North American modeling.
- an interesting looking industry scene with as many brick structures as possible.
- the possibility to model some scenery.
- use as many of the kits and parts I had on hand that won't fit into my usual
American mining layouts.
- continuous running for my small HOn30 diesels.
The plan shown above is the result of this planning. Actually, there wasn't much
planning, the layout as it is today evolved over time.
The layout shows the narrow gauge railway of a fictional mining company
( the 'Deutsche Kraddonit Gesellschaft' ) somewhere
in Central Europe. This is the only place in Europe here where Craddonium
( a fictional mineral first described by my modeling friend Alex Zelkin )
is found and processed.
The railway connects the mining facilities ( not modeled ) to
a processing plant ( modeled in lower half ) after running through some rural landscape.
( modeled in upper half ).
When I restarted work, first step was to slightly enlarge the layout. The overall
size now is 75cm x 45cm ( 2'6" x 1' 6" ). The layout is divided into two roughly triangular halves
by a scenic divider. One half only has one siding in a rural setting. The other half
will become a factory scene including an engine shed for the lines only piece of