Dennis’ layout

“Hi Alastair,

My tip is to use sanded tile grout for ballast you can get black grout and grey grout and mix them to the color you want grout comes in many colors.

If the grout is too fine mix some sand in with, it if you do add sand you will have to glue it down without the sand all the grout needs is water.Haven’t tried this but N scale you could mix sanded grout (floor grout) with non sanded grout (wall grout). I’m in the states and grout is cheap sanded grout comes in 25lb bags wall grout In smaller bags . So you should have plenty off grout left for friends

Peter”


“Started this with one idea in mind – mining and lumber mill – then added a reverse track for a little pusher car to go in and out of the mine, then added the first raised track, then the second, then another reverse track going from the mine drop-off to the processing shed, and on and on. 5 trains running on one piece of plywood!

Dennis”


That’s all folks – please do keep ’em coming. If you’ve got a layout – half built or beautifully finished – we’d all love to see it.

Just email me and I’ll do the rest. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Best

Al

15 Responses to Dennis’ layout

  1. Nice lots of details. Should run at scale speed, this is not very realistic.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. “D” May your friend REST IN PEACE. & thank his wife for him serving. God bless all the service people

  3. This is one of the more fascinating layouts you have presented. Thanks,
    Jim

  4. Dennis, I have never seen a layout like yours, I like it.

    God Bless your friend and his wife. I am also 62 and a Navy Vet from that time, 1969-73.

  5. lovely track keep on building

  6. Nice layout you have built there Dennis

  7. I LOVE YOUR N GAGE LAYOUTS. VERY NICE.

  8. Great layout well done Dennis.
    On the subject of logging I am building an American n gauge layout part of which includes a sawmill. This is my first attempt so am a bit naive where to scource certain items. Can anyone help re scourcing lumberjacks/ logging equipment and anything related etc

  9. I love Bush tramways.

    Some model ideas some lines use converted Trucks and tractors as motive power. They remove the road wheels and replace them with rail wheels.

    Other lines use locos they purchased second hand from railway companies.

  10. Thanks for the available information and images. Bob!

  11. This is really a neat lay-out. Of all the train lay-outs whether o-gauge, n-gauge, HO, or even the S-gauge, this would be with the mining cars of the mine is real cool. It reminds me of a mine in the Millville, West Virginia. Here the railroad, CSX, goes in and p/u the loaded cars and takes them to destination. even as a small replica load those cars up we got to get them to destination!!!!!
    Thanks again for a great lay-out!!!!

  12. Nice layout !! Do you have any Shay style (gear drive) they use @ West Virginia lumber sites ??

  13. Nice layout !! The lumber lico’s went to the mountain top !! Do you have any Gear Drive Shay locos? Still use them in West Va (Scenic Railroad State Park !!

  14. I have not seen a Shay in HO scale in at least the past decade. I saw a photo of a lumbering Shay which literally ran on logs (still round). The engine wheels were shaped like a bicycle wheel so as to fit around the logs. Laying rails was fast, easy, and cheap. A great solution for small lumbering camps where rails are used for a short time, then the activity relocated elsewhere.

    I have found logging information in many places on the web. One interesting item showed the logging train on a track where one rail was lower than the other, resulting in tilting the log car. It was tilted at about a 10 degree angle. The log car (flat car style) was unloaded by removing the stakes or chains from the downhill side, letting the logs roll off the car onto a slanted wood platform (about 30 degree angle), and landing in the lake or pond at the sawmill.

    There are also numerous books on logging.

    Keep on training,
    Carl in Kansas (Kansas is not a logging state!)

  15. Hi Dennis, lots going on in this layout, much great detail that grabs the eye. Lots of activity and running 5 trains…. ! Sounds like great fun to operate. Thanks for sharing. Cary in Kentucky

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