Thomas’ mine layout

“Alistair – These are pictures of my Mine and the rest so far. You don’t need to publish, just wanted to show you what that river runs through. All the rocks are natural, and the bridges are all hand built using 2 sizes of match sticks.

Thanks again,


“Hi Alastair,

Attached some pics of my latest Layout (now for sale on Ebay) with working catenary, signals, crossing barriers (slow motion and flashing lights) and smoke generator in police building (burning criminals, I guess?)



“Hi Al, just a couple of pics of the corner tunnel I made on my shed layout, I got the retaining walls from a guy in Bristol on ebay, he makes them from MDF and presses out the brickwork etc, I weathered them with my weathering powders in about an hour, really easy to do, I wanted access to my track for cleaning and maintenance so I bought a couple of those magnetic latches you get for wardrobe doors etc, it works great, I hope the tip is useful to somebody out there, by the way the whole tunnel and scenery cost me about £20.00 using scrap timber and scatter etc from my bits box.

Thanks for all the brilliant tips and information from some really great modelers on here.

Cheers Al,

Regards Ron”

Another great post from Ron. And a big thanks to everyone else too.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



7 Responses to Thomas’ mine layout

  1. G’day Ron, fantastic idea of the magnetic latches for those hard to get into places when an accident does happen or even cleaning the track.

    Thomas I like the look of your layout so far and hope we get to see the completed layout.

    Claus. your layout looks to be very busy with all the catenary wires going all over. I’m not a fan of electric catenary myself but it still looks good

  2. Hi Al! I want thank you and all the other great modelers out there who contribute to the site with some really great information. I retired over a year ago and have been thinking of starting a layout. I have always been a fan of HO but I am now limited in space. (4X8 would probably be the largest size I could manage) Any comments on +/- for going to N would be very much appreciated. Never worked with DCC and that would be my choice.

    Thanks to all.


  3. Ron , Thomas , and Klaus have all done some nice layouts as we can see from the pictures , always good to see other idea`s put to the layouts ..Well done all 3

  4. Nice idea Ron with the magnetic latches.
    I used velcro on mine to quickly access behind the front panel.
    In my case the front panel represents store fronts I call the “Miners Mall”.
    The idea being The mall is built right into the mountain side so all that you see is the store fronts.

  5. Great idea Ron! Thankyou for the tip. I liked the retaining wall too. Cheers Rossco

  6. Thanks Thomas, Claus, Ron, et al (especially
    “al”). Great to see shots from so many different angles.
    They provide inspiration to blend with our inevitable

  7. John P. Walker I would go DCC.can run more than 1 loco.N scale is good for small spaces.but if your a scratch builder N scale is really hard to scratch build.And alittle more expensive than Ho.

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