Joe’s suspended layout

Last time I posted pics of Ian’s suspended layout (It’s here if you missed it).

Since then, Ian has kindly sent in some pics, and Joe has also got in touch with his suspended layout too.

“Al,

Ray asked how I suspended the layout I hope these photos will show how it is achieved.

Regards

Ian”

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“Hi Al,

I’m a retired police officer from nj and got back into ho trains this past feb, when i had to quit golfing due to two leg surgeries.

It’s been over 50 years since a had a layout and when a saw dcc i knew it was time to do it again. My layout is in my garage 6 ft by 12 ft attached to cables and a 1500 lb. winch. the table top is pressed plywood and 2x6s and 2×4 framing.

Here’s pix of the buildings, some manufactured plastic but most i built using balsa wood and pix from online.

Joe”

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Latest ebay cheat sheet is here

I think the first suspended layout on the site was Paco’s, which was quite some time ago now. I also came across these tips while looking for it, which I thought were worth another visit. And these too.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And if Joe or Ian have inspired you, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

14 Responses to Joe’s suspended layout

  1. Way to go, looks real good, love the houses. sorry about your knees. look up!!!!!!!
    (joke) see ya.

  2. Well done Joe …never too late to start in this Hobby …better than golf anyway ?? …great idea with the lifting layout …Dangerous Dave

  3. it look real good. I have a layout . I like your building, I am a vender also

  4. Brilliant way of storing your layout! Well done! Mine is manual and HEAVY!

  5. Well done joe and thank you for your service. It is deeply appreciated

  6. Joe has done a terrific job building that layout, and the many details make it all the better
    Tommy

  7. great layout and an ideal way of storing the layout.

  8. those two suspended layouts are awesome ideas, thanks for sharing

    Cary

  9. wow wotta great idea
    when you have limited space you make do
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  10. Really useful and fun too, thanks

  11. Joe I live just outside Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I would really enjoy coming over to see your layout and how you hooked it up. I have limited space in my apartment and have talked to my wife about having a layout that I could raise and lower as needed. She wants me to get rid of my layout to make room for my granddaughter in the bedroom. Your layout is awesome and would work for me too. Also only someone from this area can appreciate the WAWA! I would like you to at lease get in touch and at least explain more details in an email.
    Sincerely, Frank

  12. Pretty cool! Some really great ideas. Love the farm, one of my favorite scenes for model railroading. Great job Joe!

  13. pretty cool!

  14. Hi Joe I see the Village of Pinecrest sign. I also live there with a layout on my second floor of American flyer. I have to get busy to catch up with you

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