5 Hot Micro-Layout Ideas
Scale Rails 2006-02
This article covers five small switching layouts. They are: loading beer at the Coors warehouse (uses a traverser table just like the prototype), the mighty micro helix (three-turn helix with a 6-inch radius), the 3-D sector plate (a movable piece of track that can be moved between three levels of layout), the audience-participation layout (allow them to create a part of the scenery of your layout), and the wall-mounted, flat-panel layout (a 3-D view of a small mining operation where cars are moved between levels).
Fun in Tiny Spaces
Scale Rails 2005-11
The author discusses how he designs, builds, and then operates his tiny G-scale layout that covers only one square foot. Includes design and construction photos. There is a side bar called "Games People Play" that covers some other small layouts that can keep operators busy, such as the famous TimeSaver.
The Pleasures of Micro Layouts
Scale Rails 2005-10
This article discusses the concept of micro layouts (small two-feet square layouts). It has many photos of example layouts. It discusses how to transfer trains using sector plates, transfer tables, or train cassettes. The author has been building and designing these layouts for over 40 years.