A hard day's work at this roundhouse. It must be someplace in Chicago as the distinctive EL train can be seen in the distance. Learn more about this combination HO/O scale layout!
Model Railroad Newsletter February, 2012

Welcome to the February issue of the SMARTT  Newsletter.

Wow, only eleven more months to Christmas! If you’ve been toying with the idea of a layout for your home or business that’s ready to enjoy for this year’s holiday season, NOW is the time to act. Complex, high-end layouts like we manufacture do not happen in a day or even a month. Planning now for a layout to be received at Christmas time is your best bet for holiday excitement and satisfaction.


Raymond Potter
Scale Models, Arts, & Technologies, Inc




SMARTT Is Running On All Cylinders Into February

On the shop floor, SMARTT ’s expanded version of the Atlas Central Midland Layout is proceeding on schedule. There’s not much more to look at as much of the effort this past month has been completing all the electrical work “under the hood.”

On the O-scale masterpiece layout, the bridges, tunnels, and complex tunnel liners are complete and being installed in conjunction with adjacent scenery. The three complex control carts that run different sectors of the layout have been integrated together and were fired up for the first time. Wow, almost as complex as the space shuttle and working just as advertised!

Picture of the Month

A hard day’s work at this roundhouse. It must be someplace in Chicago as the distinctive EL train can be seen in the distance. Learn more about this combination HO/O scale layout!

  • Featured News

    The Woodland Scenics Fire
    by Ray Del Papa

    The Woodland Scenics fire, photo from the Lake Today News In case you haven’t heard, the Woodland Scenics plant at Linn Creek, Missouri caught fire on January 4. There were… more

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

    by Raymond G. Potter

    SMARTT layout based around Colorado with lots of pines Photo by SMARTT Despite the number of loving hours you put into your layout, making it a masterpiece of art and engineering, the… more

  • Workbench Talk

    Nondescript Apparatus
    by Ray Del Papa

    The Anheuser Busch Brewery in St. Louis, inspiration for the model brewery detailed below. Photo from forums at I am not sure if I first heard the term “nondescript apparatus” from Art Curren or Dean Freytag. However I… more

  • Spotlight

    on Model Trains and TV characters - 2011
    by Raymond G. Potter

    Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper shares the joy of HO model railroading. BBT Photo from Television is often the vehicle for reflecting society and acceptable social habits (or the reverse) so it’s nice to see… more

  • Did You Know . . .

    That Many Railroads Had Vast Fleets of Water Vessels?
    by Ray Del Papa

    Floating grain elevators Photo, Rail-Marine information group It’s true! Especially among railroads that served large harbors, the need to have and maintain a fleet of water vessels… more

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

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