Ron’s wonderful layout

I have two layouts for you in today’s missive: Ron’s, and below that, the suitcase layout!

“I completed this layout this past holiday season.

It is a 4X8 built and planned for expansion. I built this with the idea of selling it as my joy is in the building and seeing the finished product.

It is foam over a wood frame and very light weight. The scenery is all hard shell plastercloth, with both molded and sculped rock and features made from light weight Hydrocal. It is entirely painted and covered with landscaping materials. All builings were built,kitbashed and aged. Some are scratch built, such as the lumber yard,covered bridge,etc. As soon as this sells I will start the expansion or a new design.

This is wired so that it can be used as DC or DCC Quite easily. Please pass along my email if someone is interested or has questions.









“Hi Alastair,

Attached are pics of my “Train in a suitcase”. I have now sold it, but I am still working on another, larger layout for both analog and digital operation. Hopefully I will soon be able to send you some more pictures of my current venture.














Big thanks to Ron and especially to CW. How anyone can make such a detailed, functional layout in a suitcase is beyond me. I loved it.

Also thanks to everyone who mailed me yesterday about the last post. Seems here is where it started for a lot of you also.

And while everyone is snoozing, some great deals around at the mo. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



25 Responses to Ron’s wonderful layout

  1. That is awesome!

  2. In Ron’s second picture, the curve does not seem to be right. It looks like the rails are forced into the curve. CW; suitcase layout is awesome, but that is a big suitcase.

  3. Awesome, great job.

  4. A lot of hard work and attention to detail has gone into your layout. Far more than these clumsy old fingers of mine could ever hope to achieve…..well done.

    I am presently doing an O gauge layout very amateurish and certainly not the standard for this site but it is giving me an enormous amount of pleasure and I would encourage anyone who has a few hours a week to interact with model trains as it does provide satisfaction. Mine is an L shaped 12 x 8 foot layout with nothing but Lionel track and locos all diesel. As I say certainly not for the experts of this site but in my later years of life I have been re-introduced to a worthwhile hobby.

    Back to your layout In a suitcase though….I am amazed at the work involved and would like to congratulate you on a job well done….lovely to see it.

    James from the UK.

  5. How can I reach “Ron”? And where is he located?

  6. Wow! That rocks! Well done!

  7. Everything I’ve seen in the past few weeks has added to my “out-of-the-box” almost whimsical concept of a dream layout!

  8. It would be awesome if a person would build viewing windows into the suitcase. Then you could see the layout at track/street level and have instant darkness to simulate night time with all the lights on.

    Very nice layout. I’ve always thought of a traditional suitcase, but I like the upgraded use for luggage as demonstrated here.

    Well done!

  9. Can’t wait to see your progress on your Lionel 12 x 8 foot L-shaped layout.

  10. The photos show hours and hours of attention to detail that are remarkable. This must be more difficult than building a ship in a bottle. It makes one wonder what you could do inside one of the old steamer trunks. You would probably have at least a helix or two in O Gauge.

  11. Is the 00 gauge still for sale and if so how much and can it be broken down with plans or photo to rebuild

    I have a 00 gauge built but want to re build and this is the onesie of Ali have seen

    But it has to otero the southwest

    Thank you

  12. WOW! SWEET!

  13. Ron, so much detail. Love the flowering trees, the detail in the garden, the campfire. Just beautiful work. Thank you for sharing this amazing layout with us.

  14. Very nice work Gentlemen!

  15. Pictures tell a thousand words…. Nice modeling, but use more lighting and a lower F-stop (4 or less) to get better depth of vision with your camera. Keep up the work and photos coming.

  16. Absolutely outstanding. First prize in my book.
    Don in Ok

  17. Sorry for my dense brain, but what gage is this wonderful suitcase layout done in ?

  18. Ron:
    One word – Amazing.
    Bedros, LA

  19. Love the layout Ron, the attention to detail is great on an 8×4 layout. Would be interested in seeing the track plan if that is possible. Ray……..

  20. Two different, but very good efforts. The suitcase is amazing, have been used to coffee tables, but not this. Steve R UK

  21. Looks Good Ron , well planned layout , and I just love that suitcase layout ..Dave

  22. I would love to know what scale, the layout is. Z , N , HO
    Great work

  23. great to see2 different concepts on trains a lot of detail in both. would love to see more.

  24. Very nice and I like the deep canyon areas….I thought I was small with N…lol…I think I’d go blind building the suitcase size….Mike

  25. Beautiful workmanship! NJ Mark

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