The model railroad layout, called “Mara Harbor”, was built by Martin Welberg. Martin is a well-known model builder and model railroader in the Netherlands. His interests in model railroading or railway modelling are coastal narrow gauge railroads in On30 scale. Some years ago, Martin started building a new modular model train show layout for the famous model railway exhibition OntraX 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands. His idea was to construct a coastal line railroad layout, including an engine shed and locomotive depot with turntable, wooden bridges as well as a lot of trees and bushes. Of course, a dock or dockyard - also known as a shipyard - should not be missing.
On Martin’s superb American themed On30 layout, we see different steam locomotives shunting along the coastal railway line between the fiddle yard on the left and the dockyard on the right. The whole layout, which was presented at the great “Modelspoor Expo 2018” in Belgium, takes approximately eight meters in length. Apart from the rolling stock, we will discover absolutely perfect weathered buildings on Martin’s railway layout. He is a professional in weathering and in the reconstruction of wood structures. By the way, On30 scale - also called 0n30, On 2½ or Oe gauge - is the modelling of narrow gauge railways in O scale on HO gauge track in 1/48 scale ratio by American model railroaders, in 1/43.5 scale ratio by British and French model railroaders and 1/45 by Continental European model railroaders.