Carl Arendt

I heard over the weekend of the death of Carl Arendt, creator of the Small Layout Scrapbook. His website and books served as inspiration to many modellers of all scales and gauges, in fact he seemed to delight in the squeezing of larger scales into ever smaller spaces and was instrumental in the concept and naming of Gn15.

When I picked up railway modelling again in 2006 I pretty much read the Scrapbook “cover to cover”, picking up ideas for my own layout planning, and have remained a regular reader ever since. I emailed Carl while working on the design of Fairlight, which led to helpful suggestions and information from him. The over-riding impression from everyone I know who had contact with him was of an enthusiastic and generous correspondent who was always interested to hear of small layout ideas.

A very sad loss. I hope that the website can continue in some form in his memory.

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One Response to Carl Arendt

  1. Geoffrey Nickson says:

    Hi Steve,

    I fully support what you write about Carl – it was largely thanks to his great website that I undertook building a micro-layout when I split up with my ex-wife, leaving behind an indoor H0 layout in the basement of the house and an outdoor IIm garden railway.

    He and I also exchanged emails and his kind and humourous responses stimulated work on the micro to the point where I finally broke through what I called the “scenic block” (see page 78 of the Scrapbook). The projetc is now well on the way to being completed.


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