I wouldn’t have thought you could build much of a model railroad layout in a space this small, even in HO scale. But these pictures of the C & G RR layout have proven that it can be done, and done well.
Chuck Shutz of West Palm Beach, Florida, a 70 year old retired graphic artist, sent me some great pictures of the HO scale layout he built in a very small space: 44” x 66”! He has created an entire scene around a simple oval layout.
Chuck’s small layout models a riverside resort setting complete with a picnic area, a playground with kids frolicking, a foot bridge, a backyard BBQ, and kids fishing from a dock. The oval track layout has a tunnel, two bridges over the river and two road crossings. Not only is this layout imaginative, but Chuck’s attention to detail shows through clearly in these pictures.
Chuck says he has . . . always been interested in creating natural features in miniature. Unfortunately, space at our villa is very limited here. My wife, generously, has allocated a space for me out on our small back porch, for me to create my “fictitious” RR – “C & G RR” (Chuck & Gail Railroad!)
I have chosen an era from back in the 50’s to model my RR “empire”. That was a time when things were simple and happy in my life. As a teenager, my father & uncle had constructed a “huge” Lionel train layout in our basement. My Dad had all latest rolling stock that Lionel built at that time, included steam and diesel engines. My creative Uncle, living with us at the time, was an artist and painted some beautiful mountain scenery on the basement wall with oil paints. So, I guess, I got some of his “genes” in my body? Those days are all gone now, with just the happy memories.
|Foot Bridge||Playground||Boat Dock|
I was a Computer Graphic Artist until retiring in 2005. Now, I dabble on the computer for my wife and friends, in between creating my model railroad. Over the years, I have picked up several scenery hints and suggestions for creating a natural habitat, on the internet, which I try to emulate with my own “creative artistic flair”. My understanding wife and friends really enjoy looking at my progress in creating my small world. And that makes me proud, satisfied and happy.
Thank you, Chuck, for sharing your layout with us all. For more pictures, visit the C & G RR Layout Photos page.
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