Less is More

Scaling back the track arrangement on my 4×1 feet HO scale Box Street micro switching layout to be more similar to the track plan that inspired it and re-arrangement of industries. A few days ago, I was contemplating my Box Street micro layout, and thinking about how I can improve Read more…

Terraforming A Pizza

Making a HO scale micro pizza model railway layout to be more earth-like for scale sized citizens, plentiful plants and realistic railroads rendering. Terraforming is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying something to make it more Earth-like, usually to make it habitable by Earth-like life. It is something that to Read more…

A Tropical Pizza

Left over scenery items, spare space, and left over insulation foam becomes the basis for a tropical themed HO scale micro layout. With the left over bamboo, palm trees, and agave plants purchased for the Brazilian Micro Layout, and a fairly large amount of XPS insulation foam left over from Read more…

Mais Bonito Brazilian

Vegetation and ground cover on the HO scale Brazilian Micro layout makes it is better looking and looking more like the region being modelled. “Mais bonito” in the title of this post is Portuguese and means “better looking”. Since the last post about my HO scale Brazilian–themed micro switchback layout, Read more…

Family Holiday Photo Opportunities

Being on holidays with the family presents opportunities for railway exploring. Early in September, we had a short 5 day family holiday in Bathurst, NSW, west of the Blue Mountains. This presented an opportunity to explore the railway features of that region, both there and between there and our home. Read more…

Changes to Brazilian Micro

When a micro layout track plan meets reality, the plan must change to meet the actual constraints of that reality! But progress can still result from those constraints. In many areas of life we make plans. When planning a model railroad, we make track plans, plans for scenery. But sometimes Read more…

A Brazilian Micro Layout

A left over piece of MDF, some inexpensive HO scale Brazilian models, and some extruded polystyrene foam means another micro model railway layout with many firsts. A left over piece of MDF produced the idea for “Yet Another Micro Layout”. My youngest daughter recently acquired a new bunk bed for Read more…