Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Just about nothing could be more of a harkening-back, especially the classic, three-rail "O" gauge. And yet something seems just a little...different about this fellow's layouts:

And not just the everything's-moving endless loop in the foreground -- have a gander at the classic Christmas tree in the background! (Just the thing for a South Pole Christmas). There are a few more views at Trainfacts, too. --And even more.

I stumbled onto this delightful invention (and the pleasant, highly-talented fellow responsible for it) researching a high-end component for work.* For years, I've claimed the only thing that kept me from having a model train layout was the lack of space; I've looked with interest at some of the very small-scale setups, especially the "mountainside" ones that are more vertical than horizontal (much too tricky for a beginner, I'm told, as it's a delicate balancing act between grade and traction) . Well, those excuses have been shot right down if I could be running my own rail line on the living room ceiling.

(It just occurred to me that some fan of The Fifth Element is probably planning a vertical building-side passenger express already. Can't find an example online but it would be very fine).

I'm going to add this to the "Live Steam" category; sure, the models are (mostly) electric but many of the originals were not.

P.S.: Speaking of train layouts in interesting places...! Wow.
* A Penny + Giles conductive plastic rotary fader, a "volume control" to us mere mortals, but a well-nigh indestructible one. There's one operating position on the ol' Starship Lupine local Skunk-Workings where the guys keep wearing out a speaker-volume control and it would be nice to only have to replace it once. Now, to convince the boss. And the boss's accountants.


  1. Trains running right past his ham gear!

  2. Thanks! Good to see O Gauge alive and well.

  3. If you have Google-Earth, take a look at the location, in particular at the multi-colored storage trailers a few dozen yards south and west of that location. You'll see an extensive "ride on" outdoor train set with a considerable amount of track, switching, a turntable, and so forth. Although a private club, they are generally open for the public to enter and look around on weekends. (These enthusiasts have way too much spare time on their hands!)

  4. Ah, a sister (brother?) society to the Indiana Live Steamers! --I do not have the Google Earth, but I did visit the AZ Model RR site. Nice!