This article is in response to some of your readers who have been asking about O gauge layouts. I’ve been working on my O gauge model railroad for a year now and have managed to complete the first phase of a multi-phased layout.
I live in California where basements are just figments of one’s imagination. Since my home is blessed with a large lot, I decided (upon recommendation from my wife) to install the layout inside a 12 ft X 20 ft Tuff Shed. The bench work is 44-inches off the floor, and elevations are 4 degrees maximum. The theme is still somewhat undecided, but in addition to a passenger line that runs along the outside, the secondary line will handle mostly freight. Everything is installed 2 ft away from the building walls. The second phase of track will be assembled in modular form and fastened to the fixed bench work along the walls for easy access, removal and maintenance.
After due consideration, I decided to use MTH Scale Trax because of its low profile and realistic look. Also, I purchased Rich Battista’s videos on the “Black Diamond Railway” which helped me tremendously. Other than Rich’s layout, I have not seen or read anything with as much detail as his videos on Scale Trax installation. All MTH trains will operate using the MTH Digital Command System (DCS). I have included a few photos of the two completed main lines. The next phase will include the installation of extensive freight yards and spurs, all of which will be installed on the modules. A lift-up bridge will be installed at some point after the completion of the second phase in front of the door entry way.
There are also plans to install an elevated set of tracks to run my old Lionel and Williams conventional powered trains. This will be a phase three project. Now that I am retired, I have more time to devote to construction. This weekend, my friend Mark and I will install electrical feeders to the currently installed track (about every 6 to 8 feet) and run some tests of the track.
More to follow. I have really enjoyed the many articles sent to you from model railroaders around the world and look forward to reading each one.
“Hi Al , just uploaded this video showing some changes I have made , it also shows laying track and ballasting also adding static grass , could be of some help to some of the modellers.
Big thanks to Dick and Dave.
Please keep ’em coming.