Barry’s new Lionel model railroad layout

“Alastair,

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.

Regards,

Barry”

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.

Best

Al

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

26 Responses to Barry’s new Lionel model railroad layout

  1. GOOED FIGURE OF EIGHT THERE BARRY FOR CONTINUASE RUNNING, LOOK ORWARD TO SEEING WHEN FINISHED .

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Great job!

  10. 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,
    Tom

  11. 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. 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. remarkably realistic.

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

  16. Barry
    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. To Railcar52 (dave)

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

  18. 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…

  19. I also have not seen those pink foam blocks in Australia. The only ones I have seen similar are the ones with metal sheathing for cool rooms etc. Anyone know more?

    Also, with that foam construction, how do you fit turnout motors, signals control etc underneath the track, when the track sits on thick foam, and also have it accessible for adjustment and maintenance?

    Rick

  20. Al,

    Barry’s layout’s look great, gives me some ideas.

  21. Great use of what looks like a 4′x8′ sheet of plywood. Will it have a cover also to go along with the legs? For shipping purposes what do you plan? As a e-bay buyer mostly I have an interest in your “How To” do certain items different than what I normally do. The layout is interesting and I see my areas of expertise being utilized uniquely. The walls and water are ideal for my San Antonio area with Cannon Lake and other areas there. Keep up the good works.

    Harold Jr.

  22. Hi Barry, What did you use to build up the track bed, or did you carve that out too? Looks great!!

  23. Where can a new railroadER find the 2″ form board for my n scale railroad thanks paul

  24. How did you secure your track to foam?

  25. I was wondering do you carve your rock faces or are those plaster molds its hard to tell from the pics on my phone. If they are carved what tools do you ise.

  26. I would love to see a few HO Scale plan’s for my 8X11′ 6 sections of board i just put together. There’s a 24″ space by 7′ in the middle open for all of my control wiring, all dcc controlled.

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