Model Railroad Newsletter January, 2012

Welcome to the January issue of the SMARTT  Newsletter.
Happy 2012, everyone!

Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s time to make a few resolutions. For all you train hobbyists out there, how about resolving to finish that layout you’ve been putting off. You know you really want to make those steamers and diesels go round. If you really want a layout, but can’t find the skill or time to make that particular dream come true, resolve to give SMARTT  a call and see how we can do it for you.


Raymond Potter
Scale Models, Arts, & Technologies, Inc



SMARTT's Workshop Steams Ahead into 2012

Here in the shop this past month, the Atlas Central Midland, done the SMARTT  way, is being fitted with a variety of bridges. Soon to begin is the scenery for what is starting to look like a great little layout: small in footprint but big on operational features.

Meanwhile, on the O-scale masterpiece layout, the bridges are continuing to be built, several wood trestles went up in the last week, and the first structural components of the scenery are taking shape. Lightweight but highly durable foam scenic sections are being assembled and fitted, and also an exclusive new feature, custom designed pre-cut tunnels are arriving.

Picture of the Month

This gritty urban metropolis is part of a huge layout SMARTT  built in the midwest.
For more about this layout, Click here!

  • Featured News

    Pan Am Restoring MC GP-9
    by Ray Del Papa

    Metrolink new Hyundai Rotem cars Photo from Pan Am 52 you’re clear on runway two-zero-niner, excuse me, track 1. Yes, there IS a railroad called Pan Am,… more

  • Things to Ponder When You're Planning Your Model Railroad Layout . .

    by Raymond G. Potter

    Kit-bashed, laser kits, and scratch-built structures unite to make a city. Photo by SMARTT (who else?) Around the time that you’re planning scenery, your mind may also be turning toward the subject of structures to populate… more

  • Workbench Talk

    Rust in Peace
    by Raymond G. Potter

    Rust is a part of life, and should be a part of your miniature scenes.   As much as we’d wish it were otherwise, the world is seldom shiny and new as a toy on… more

  • Spotlight

    On Recreating a Train From Wood and Foam
    by Raymond G. Potter

    The steaming star of AMC's new western drama, "Hell on Wheels" Photo from the Morton Report Once upon a time, the western roamed the Television range. There were westerns as far as the eye could see.… more

  • Did You Know . . .

    It’s Been Over Twenty Years Since the Cabooses Went Away?
    by Ray Del Papa

    Classic Little Red Caboose. Photo from It’s the end of the year, so let’s talk a little about the end of a freight train. Not those… more

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Raymond G. Potter
Director of Creative Services
Scale Models, Arts, & Technologies, Inc.

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