Tracy’s layout

“I bought a lot of n scale track so I could maximize my small apartment,after buying a lot of track I started trying different ways to lay it out.

I knew I wanted two separate tracks but how on an 4×8 piece of plywood, how about a figure 8 wrapped with a large oval
I wanted a larger mountain than before and a lake.

I can make mountains in my sleep.

The panels on the side of the mountain I made using scrap foam , I tried to use everything, I even made my own rocks to fill in, they are the little black rocks you see.

I wanted a lot of details. That’s what people want to see.

Didn’t like my first layout didn’t look professional enough that’s why I started over but I still had to use the stuff from the other setup since I was only redoing the landscape.

I had to come up with a design that would slow me to keep and everything with little waste . I hope I did a good job took about 3 months most of that sitting and staring and .letting my imagination do its job


And next, another video from Dangerous Dave. I think he’s been on the sherry again. But it made me smile, so I’m guessing you’ll enjoy it too.

I still get lots of comments on the ebay cheat sheet. Hope it finds you a bargain.



48 Responses to Tracy’s layout

  1. Hi Tracy
    youve done a beautiful job well done

  2. Tracy
    Great job

  3. Nice job on detail… Love it..

  4. Hi Tracy, I love the viaduct under construction bit, is that intentional? Great layout and lots of detail.

  5. Well done to both Tracy and Davey! Tracy I loved the river canoeing scene! Looks very realistic. And Dave’s production creativity continues to bring smiles and awe! Thanks for sharing!


  6. Great job Tracy. Your river is really good!

  7. Your imagination has worked wonders tracey …Nice job all round

  8. Tracey, that is without doubt the best water feature I have ever seen on a layout.


  9. I love your layouts hope to get stared on mine soon. I have over 400 trains o-s-ho-and n some i have had 60 years. again love your layouts keep them coming. thanks mike

  10. Hi Tracy, lovely well detailed layout thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Dave, Great fun with the movie. How do you get permission from her who will be obeyed to spend the amount of time required for all you’re doing.

  12. Hello Tracy, Your imagination served you quite well. Railroad well done

  13. I echo all who said great job. Love the river. Keep it up.

  14. Very nice layout.

  15. I especially loved the picture of the kayakers in the river. I hope I can make my water look as realistic as yours!

  16. Absolutely brilliant..!

  17. Tracy, vivid and detailed layout, very natural. congratulations.

  18. I’m with everybody on great job.That is the best river scene I have ever seen
    I’m working on a very large river scene myself right now.I hope mine turns out just half as good as yours.
    Nicely done intro Dave.

  19. well done looks great.

  20. Tracy, terrific layout and spectacular photography too. Congrats.

  21. A truly remarkable achievement on a such a compact layout.

  22. Tracy, definitely good work. Keep it up and Dangerous Dave will surely have competition.

    As for Dave, “Dangerous Dave” is a definite nick-name for you. Your Intro video for your layout is worthy for a James Bond film intro. Dave, you amaze me with the video clips of your detailed layouts.

  23. Nice layout and great photos! Also thank you for the ability to enlarge the photos, it certainly does help to see all the wonderful details and workmanship! Thank you for sharing!

  24. Awesome job. Gave me several ideas.

  25. Awesomeness as usuall.


  27. Tracy your layout is just wonderful to look at and I know fun to run. Many kudos to you !!!!

  28. Awesome playstation 2 game!!!!! Lol I kidding I’m a big gamer! Seriously YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON THAT LAYOUT!!!!!! YOU SHOULD BE VERY VERY PROUD OF THAT! Plus I love the road names you have. I have the same myself….CP,BN & BNSF! Keep up the great work and enjoy that awesome layout….I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT RUN!

  29. Nope SF loco behind the bn…… bad!!!!!

  30. Hi Tracy,

    A superb work you have done. Awesome.

  31. Tracy, what a great layout, you deserve to feel proud of it.
    Dave, only one thing to say “Move over Speilberg!!”

  32. Looks great

  33. Fantastic layout, thanks for sharing. especially the kayaks.
    Well done

  34. I wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful comments
    Would love to send more pictures

  35. Wow…. my favourite pic. is the one with the two kayaks, the water looks awesome.
    Nice layout.

  36. First class job Tracey – be proud

  37. This is the work of
    MR.Tracy Brown

  38. Tracy –

    Great job and I echo the comments of all of the others. I am targeting next week to order the lumber for my own first layout. Might I suggest that you smooth out the elevation changes on your auto roadway to make it even more realistic or add a pile of mufflers and transmissions off to the side. :-)

    As for the significant other in your life and the cost, I have some very expensive hobbies aside from jumping into this one and this will add to the list. In my case, I subscribe to the theory that what she doesn’t know won’t hurt me!


  39. Hi, Al:

    Thank you for the daily messages! Inspiring projects!

    Dave’s latest chapter did not come through. Just a black blank screen. Perhaps, there can be a resend.

    Again, thank you for a great way to start the day in Indiana!!

  40. Very clever Tracy, very well done!

  41. Hey Dave, it’s all very well producing these trailers, but when are we going to see the actual movies? I’m particularly looking forward to “Brief encounter” in black and white, where a tiny plastic Celia Johnson gets a vegetable oil smut in her eye and goes home to hubby on the local in the nick of time; or perhaps “Von Dave’s Express” where prisoners of war take over a train and set off through the tunnel to Scotland after smashing up the interlocking.

    Rod :-)

  42. Tracy, the layout looks wonderful. I have just started re-setting up my N. And you have really set the bar high. Love the colors in your mountains.

    And I didn’t think Dave was ever very far from the sherry.

  43. yea another ez track user , I love it, great work on the mountains, and all the detail in small space

  44. Daves latest video was great. I especially loved the credits. Had me laughing for some time. Love your videos Dave

  45. Tracy I love the river with the 2 boaters — looks really “REAL”

    great job,+++++++++++++


  46. Well I guess everyone has said it fantastic. I noticed you said sit back and let your imagination work you have a great one, The sky is the limit for you, I like the saying. I`m with many about the river and boaters very real, also good picture. I always like to know where people are located! I see many are in the down under . How about you? I live in Arizona and I model N gauge. Also I am joining a local club who model HO. I only started a year ago I am still learning a lot .I love the mountain layouts. Please enjoy the hobby, It seems to enjoy you. Tom C

  47. I am in the beginning stage of ho layout so I am learning a lot the do’s and don’t’s so this has been really helpful. One of many interest is he water and this is by all means great water details, something I can hold onto. I also like the use of trees, trees always seems to be a good filler especially on an elevation level. OI am trying to understand the roadway or highway it seems that it begins and ends nowhere. I want something simalar while being on an elevation as well. Overall great work.

  48. Very well done railway.

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