Richard’s layout

“Al

As long as I can remember, I have always had a model train layout. When I was 4 years old my father built a 8 x 8 foot layout, and at 16 years old it had grown to 10 foot wide by 22 foot long. Then girls, college, marriage got in the way and the trains took a back seat, but not for long. Shortly after moving into my first house I proceeded to build a new layout, but was interrupted when I received a job transfer. These turn of events repeated itself twice over until my retirement in Maryland.

Most train layouts (especially from the north) were mainly situated in the basement, and for 20 years living in Maryland that’s where my Marklin layout was located. In 2005 while visiting my son in Georgia we looked at houses for sale and stumbled on this two story home that had a very large guest room on the second level. I thought to myself, for 50 years I had to settle for my train layouts in the basement, now this is my chance to bring them above ground, and before I knew it, I was a Georgia resident. The layout in Maryland did not fit the configuration of the new train room so a new layout was required. Being retired, putting time in daily it took seven years to complete.

Now for the Layout

The layout is a three (3) rail Marklin HO Digital Format System that has the capacity to simultaneously run 80 motorized units at one time. (That’s only possible is the layout is big enough). There’re 44 turnouts controlled via digital decoders taking their command from a digital signal sent through the track. Uncoupling tracks, signals and most accessories operate on the same premise. There are over 85 structures built from kits manufactured by Faller and Vollmer. Scenery (trees, shrubs, hedges, etc.) by Busch, Heki, and figurines by Preiser.
I hope you enjoy my layout and of course feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you

Richard”

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My my! That’s one tidy room and layout. I’m deeply envious. Thanks for Richard for sharing, and thanks for the mails on the ebay cheat sheet too.

Latest one is here. Please keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

33 Responses to Richard’s layout

  1. Very nice,extremely neat and orderly. Keep up the great work.

  2. Fantastic layout and a very neat and orderly room! Interested in how you made the fires and particularly the smoke. Thank you for sharing.

  3. wow Richard…thats a HUUUGE layout with a LOTTA stuff…and sooo tidy as al says….
    took a lot of time and patience to get alla that detail
    great layout…!!!
    wish I had a room like that to do trains!!

  4. Nice layout! Wish I had the room to do that. Of course living in earthquake country (Calif), would make it difficult to have such a great wall display! I have a question. In the track side photo with guys around the fire, how did you do the smoke? Also smoke coming from the stack on the converted caboose? That really struck me,

  5. I am experiencing first hand what it is to have a bunch of Märklin equipment and no room to set it up. I’ve had a layout designed for years, (set in the Alps, skiers and everything), but have lived in one tiny apartment after another since leaving college 30 years ago. The only reason I want to buy a house is for The Layout!

  6. I’m envious!

  7. Really nice layout, didn’t know there was a 3 rail HO trains, I’m doing 2 rail S guage.

  8. very nice layout, thanks for sharing

  9. Wow Richard, absolutely brilliant, so colourful and neat, great job.

  10. Great layout richard and so neat. I hope to retire next year and so I’ll use the gear I’ve got in a 20 x 18 shed which at present looks like a disorganised mess to construct a layout. Well done on yours. Cheers Rossco (Adelaide Australia)

  11. That is one nice layout for sure, as for me I have American flyer trains that my dad gave me, I own a house but no room to set it up since I have an apartment down stairs which is occupied at the moment. Would not mind seeing a video of this one, thanks for showing..

  12. That is some layout you have built with a very nice railway room

  13. Great layout, gives me inspiration to keep going.

  14. SUPER LAYOUT. WHERE IN GEORGIA DO YOU LIVE? LOVE TO SEE IT IN PERSON. I LIVE IN S.E.GEORGIA MYSELF. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

  15. that is some train room. one thing is i have been told that no layout is ever complete so whats next for you an extension above the layout. the detail is also unbelievable great work. would love to see trains moving around the layout any chance of a video. Thank you for the pictures. also thanks Al for the email get a lot of pleasure from them.

  16. outstanding job I love it

  17. I love your layout, I only wish I had the time and the money to invest in something this big. especially the round house and turn table. I’m on my third layout now, Working with 3 rail O scale, mainly Lionel and MTH. Soon planning to start up the HO again. Hopefully by the first of the year. Good luck on your future add on to your existing layout.

  18. Great layout , lot of space to move around and work. Good height to work on wiring under the layout. Neatly laid out.
    Shelves neatly arranged with rolling stock.
    Have the luxury of pace to do it. But, still well organized.

  19. A truly amazing layout! I can see why it took 7 years to create, but it was worth every hour. Congratulations!

  20. Hi Richard,
    Brilliant layout and rather like mine. I’m another maniac who bought a house to fit the train. Mine’s 2-rail HO, DCC with mixed Trix, Roco and Fleishmann roIling stock. Roco 2.1 line track. That’s the train, not the house! I’ll send details to Al when I’m a bit further into the project. I’m in ‘the old country’ but I’d like to swap notes with you. I hope Al might facilitate that, if you agree.. Meanwhile more congrats! Paul.

  21. Awesome layout! I’ve been collecting Marklin for a few years too and need some inspiration for a layout.
    Would it be possible to have a look at a layout plan?

  22. What a great layout

  23. I love it! Wish I had the time, patience……AND the space!! Great job!!!

  24. This is superb. Could you please give us an idea of how you did the crops in the farmyard? A video would be a boon as well. Thanks for sharing this, D/

  25. GREAT, GIVES ME IN THE PUSH TO GET MOVING ON MY NEW LAYOUT IN N SCALE, I HAVE BEEN HELD UP IN THE DESIGN AS I AM LOOKING TO HAVE A ELEVATED SUBWAY LIKE IN NEW YORK . I AM WORKING IN N SCALE AND CANNOT FIND ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE TH SUPPORTS /FOR THE TRACKS. IN HO NOT A PROBLEM BUT NOT IN N SCALE, ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ? WOULD APPRECIATE THE SUGGESTIONS, THOUGHT YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB MIGHT HAVE SOME IDEAS FOR ME. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WITH US ALL

  26. great job I thought I was doing good with 6 trains running at the same time and 1 wall full of trains my room is 12′ x10′ my wife won’t let me tunnel one wall to another room. I am envius

  27. Just wondering. Is there a reason all the equipment on the layout is from foreign companies? I would think it would be much cheaper to get suppies from US companies.

  28. VERY NICE LAYOUT.

  29. I love photos of the close ups, but I really love the ones where you get to see it all like yours. Really like to see video also.

  30. That is awesome!

  31. Very Nice Layout and what a tidy room, you must sweep it after every operatting session as I’ve never seen a layout area tht was so tidy. I hope you are enjoying the trains and your retirement.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

  32. Envy doesn’t come into it – What a great railway room, and a great layout. Many congrats, and thanks for sharing

  33. WOOOOOOW I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IM JUST GETTING STARTED I DONT KNOW HOW TO START IHAVE A 4BY 8 PIECE OF WOOD WITH THE TRACKS GOING AROUN THE BOARD COULD USE SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO GET STARTED THANKS ALOT

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