Barry’s new Lionel model railroad layout


This is a Lionel “O” scale layout that I started a couple of days ago that I’m building to hopefully sell on Ebay. It’s a simple figure “8″ with no sidings. I’m doing the landscaping with 2″ pink high density foam house insulation. There will be no buildings but (2) lakes and I will add schrubs and grass. I’m trying to keep it very low profile for easy protective storage. I put fold away metal legs on it for easy set-up. I’ll be done in a few days and I will send you final pics of it then.



Can’t wait to see the final pics Barry! Al.

So looking forward to seeing Barry’s finished model layout.

Don’t forget, if like me, you’re not as talented as Barry – here’s a great place to improve your railroad modelling skills.



PS Thanks for all your comments on the ‘ebay cheat sheet‘. Hope it saves a lot for you!


18 Responses to “Barry’s new Lionel model railroad layout”

  1. david says:


  2. James Stewart Taylor says:

    Makes me feel so envious as mine is an all flat circuit!

  3. John says:

    Looking forward to finished product. I’ll bet it’s gonna be a winner!

  4. david says:

    lionel,i would have thought,you needed a gap between the two sets of rails otherwise two trains would not have enough room to pass.

  5. Mark says:

    Very nice layout, How did you do the detail on the edge of the foam and maybe a bridge with a waterfall from small lake to large lake?

  6. KenfromOC says:

    David – It’s the traditional Lionel track (ac not dc) so it has a “third” middle rail.

  7. KenfromOC says:

    Great little layout though! Nice detail – send more when you progress!

  8. Ralph Berry says:

    Very impressive landscaping Barry. I don’t recall seeing those pink foam blocks for sale in Australia, has anyone else?

  9. johnstuf says:

    You have a great imagination…I’m anxious to see the final results.

    Great job!

  10. Ton H says:

    You’re scenic planning looks incredible
    Wish I had your talent. Your layout seems to be somewhat simplictic. Would like to see more action during a running session.

    From the wrong side of the tracks,

  11. Jacque D. says:

    I have been saving many of the comments that I have recieved, I have been wanting to start setting up a railroad layout, but I have to decide where I am going to put it. All of this input and pictures are a godsend for great ideas. Thank You guys.

  12. Mark Hawk says:

    That is so cool. Question, is that set able to store when you are done running it ? And good luck , and keep up the good work. Mark

  13. jess lester says:

    remarkably realistic.

  14. Lee Barry CEO LZPMRR says:

    nice looking, but oh so simple. Unlike N & especially Z scale with Lionel/O gauge the radius of the curves makes not too much difference as in O to get the cars to “look real” w/o that “curve cutting whiplash looking” effect unless you use a super large radius for curves and unless you are building a basement or room sized layout you cannot get that effect gone. Hope to see it when you are done.

  15. Steve Mittman says:

    This is the best Small layout i have ever seen thank you

  16. Railcar52 (Dave) says:

    I went to Home Depot to get one of those electric foam cutters, They looked at me like I had 3 heads and horns. the told me no such thing. Please advise
    Thanks Dave

  17. Big Bob says:

    To Railcar52 (dave)

    Try your local hobby store or craft center
    for the electric foam cutter (hot knife) best of luck

  18. Jim Owen says:

    From the looks of the layout it looks like its in your garage, this is what I want to do with my O scale layout. What size is your table, since I do not have all that much room I’m looking for something that will fit in the space I have. Very good looking scenery…

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