12×8 O scale Mountain Railroad

Frank’s been in touch with his 12×8 O scale:


Thoroughly enjoy your sharing of so many layouts of others. I usually take away at least one item or new idea for my railroad.

To that end, here are a couple of pictures of my O gauge railroad.

It was designed to be whimsical and fun to operate.

One of the construction goals was to make it easy and not complicated to achieve a task.

For example, the power drops to the 186 foot mainline, which runs three trains at one time. And the 75 foot trolley line.

There are about 30 power drops, but no bus line under the table. We came up with a much easier way to ensure power everywhere.

Also all the rocks are real, except the mountain which is fiber glass.

The river and lake is printed on mouse pad material, and took about 20 minutes to install, instead of all the set up work and the estimated 7 to 8 bottles of Woodland scenics water.

Quite a savings there, and looks pretty good.

So, if there is interest I would be glad to share some of the tips that we used to build the 12’ x 8’ railroad.

I am certainly open to any guidelines that you require.

Hoping to hear from you.


12x8 O scale

12x8 O scale

12x8 O scale

12x8 O scale

O scale model railroad

O scale helix

A big thanks to Frank for sharing his 12×8 O scale.

When it comes to O scale do you remember Peter’s?

I know I say it often, but I’ll never tire of seeing what’s in my email each morning.

As long as the keep coming, I’ll keep posting.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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21 Responses to 12×8 O scale Mountain Railroad

  1. Thats what i cal utilising the space you have for a model railway, great job ..well done ….Dangerous dave

  2. Jeff says:

    When I saw 12×8 and O scale I was like “ok?” Then when I saw the pictures I was like genius! A lot in a little space and it works and you’re having fun. 🙂

  3. Bill in Virginia says:

    A wonderful layout! You are enjoying it and you have a lot of railroad action to watch.

  4. Patrick Talley says:

    Wonderful. Videos please…

  5. Rich in Texarkana says:

    How did you do your power? Was it just multiple leads placed around the layouts from each transformer?

  6. Brian Moretti says:

    Can you send pics of your wiring

  7. Jim Landing says:


  8. George Zaky says:

    I love whimsical. The Disney concept- make believe of a real thing so you can get a smile. That’s what model trains should be. Though in a different way I truly marvel at the masters work that show up in this blog.
    How many times did you do the Limbo into the middle? LOL
    Healthy New Year
    George from LI, NY

  9. Bill McCourt says:

    What is mouse pad paper?

  10. Lorne Hope says:

    Great layout. I like your mountain and the three levels. I presently have two levels, but now you have me thinking about adding a third level. Have fun with your layout.

  11. Gary says:

    Frank didn’t say how he avoided a bus line and yet achieved 30 power drops?

  12. Erick says:

    Nice Work.!!!!! Would like to see more.

  13. alan spence says:

    what make is the cable car

  14. Gerry says:

    Great looking RR! I’m interested mainly in you wiring/electrical for this awesome looking layout and ANY and ALL assistance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  15. Ed says:

    I think these three words describe your layout . . . FUN, FUN, FUN !!!
    I too would like to see how you did your wiring.
    Also, the water looks great! Please elaborate on how you did that as well.

  16. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Nice looking layout, looks fun, did you ever check out OGR Forum it’s for o scale.
    take care enjoy

  17. Andrew Ball says:

    Hi Frank,
    Great layout, can you give us some information as to how you avoided having to crawl around under the layout connecting the bus wiring?

  18. Delmar Servoss says:

    i would like to see that one run

  19. Bill Hart says:

    Very nice. I am also interested in knowing how to avoid wiring under the table.

  20. Frank Stanley says:

    My thanks to all of you who commented and I will answer them as soon as possible. Currently recovering from a broken hip and in rehab..We have done several additions, which I will share in the near future.

  21. robert dale tiemann says:

    really cool. o gauge? wow. in that space. nice job.

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