David’s layout

“Hi Al,

I always look forward to you daily email and have used many tips to build my layout. I am new to this, and it is far from complete, but I thought I’d share some piccies of how I am getting on. The layout is 8’x4′, based on Hornby DCC.

All the best


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Thanks to David for sharing. Looks like it’s going to be a cracker.

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Please do keep ’em coming.



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16 Responses to David’s layout

  1. I always open your mail up. I get a lot of great ideas from them. Even though I’m into :O: gauge, I print out those ideas that could apply to my layout.

    I used to have a lot of Lionel trains in the 60,s to the 80,s but then sold them all because we bought a Greyhound bus, had it converted into a motorhome and traveled for the next 10 years.

    I decided to get back into the hobby as I enjoy it very much. Since I’m 94 years old, I,m.a little slow doing things, but my daughter helps me at times.

    Keep sending the pictures and ideas. Thanks to all, John

  2. Loved the bottle trains! Which DCC decoder do you use in them?

  3. Looks real good to me, has lots of promise. Look foward to more fotos as work progresses. Keep em coming.

  4. You seem to be doing a reversing loop layout – I am sure you would have taken care of the track polarity issues.
    Very impressive layout. I would like to see after it is finished with all the “bells and whistles”.

  5. Their is a bias conflict on this modelers layout. Save yourself some headaches by modification of your inner loops. A short circuit.

  6. hello , i really enjoy looking at all the great railways being built…!!! i’ve been collecting all the fantasic tips for about a year and i’m now ready to start my own build , i am gathering all sorts of materials [ most of them free ] things like styrofoam , wood scraps and many other things i’ve picked up from all the great tips you all have given me and i have been buying items on ebay , trains , tracks buildings , trees , people , vechicles all at a fraction of the price of new ones , you see i’m retired and on a fixed income so every month i buy a couple of new items .
    i spend 30 to 40 dollars a month and so far i have a good collection to start with .
    so thanks for all the tips… when i actually start the build i will take pics and send them in .

  7. Nice looking Layout, I look forward to seeing more pics as it comes on.


  8. Hi David. Going to look great when done. Like to see more picture’s in the future if possible. thank’s. looking good.

  9. Looking good! Glad to see that the layout has a working yard in the works. One gets bored looking at layouts that run in meaningless circles. Even a layout with an endless circle has possibilities for destinations. Can’t wait to see the final result.
    Keep up the good work.
    Don – Yardmaster
    West B end, WI USA

  10. nice layout for a 4×8 sheet as this is probably the most reasonable and economic size for a layout
    good plan and keep it running

  11. Best thing to do with a 4×8 is cut it into four 8x1s and pick a couple of walls that give you 16×9. After all, what do you do in the lounge? Sit and watch the TV? It’s not good for you, you know!

  12. It’s going to be a great looking layout. Bet it get’s Larger.

  13. Looks Real neat, can’t wait to see the completed project.

    Paul Otway

  14. I like the giant viaduct as well. Not many dare to include on a 4×8 OO layout. :)

  15. In dcc reverse loops are no problem. You just isolate both rails on each end and then add an auto reverser. Both of mine are from digitracks and work smoothly. I did have one issue on one of my reverse loops. I had to make it longer. I operate 20 plus car passenger trains with lighting and the switch would not work corectly with a passenger car spanning the gap when the locomotives went across the other end. This is a great looking 4×8 Layout. I look foward to seeing pictures further along.

  16. That’s a nice setup I can’t wait to see the final product.

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