Layout Of The Month For August 2006
- The Layout Of The Month photo for August is from John Bruce's HO
scale Los Feliz & Northwestern. This layout is located in Los
Angeles and will be featured on Layout Tour #4.
When one first views John's layout it may seem to be eclectic.
However, it is well-throughout and purposeful. The owner has taken
his life-long interest in multiple railroads, regions and eras and
transformed these into a layout featuring a series of connected
dioramas, each depicting a widely separated scene. These scenes
cover widely separate geographical areas and different prototypes.
The highly-detailed layout represents New England, the mid-Atlantic
Northeast, Colorado, the desert Southwest, and California. Trackage
is dual-gauge in some areas and even features some European
prototype mainline with appropriate catenary.
Located in a semi-basement area of a hillside house, the benchwork
and the basic layout plan evolved around fixed elements of the room
and the general method outlined in John Armstrong's Track Planning
for Realistic Operation.