Al’s been in touch – he’s sent in pics and a narrative of his stunning railroad, adding to the HO logging layout plans on the blog:
“Attached are some photos of my 4′ x 8′ layout for you to post if you desire.
I am 73 years old and retired from a career in commercial fire protection.
My layout is set in the northwest United States in the early 1940’s.
The buildings are all wooden kits with the exception of the saw mill and power house which are plastic.
I have two DCC steam engines with sound, a 3 truck shay and a 0-6-0 tank engine.
All of the buildings are lighted and I am going to install some street lights in the near future. The mountains are made of rigid foam which was shaped with a wood burning tool, knife and rasp.
I enjoy your posts and have gotten many good ideas from them.
Whenever I get a logging layout sent in, I’m always reminded of Boy’s logging camp:
And Richard’s too:
Now on to Lester:
I read your email every time I get one. I enjoy them so very much. I’m not exactly a newbie as I have made at least 10 layouts since I bought my first train set as an adult in December 1963 for my two sons, then ages 3 & 4. I have made or helped make layouts in O gauge, HO gauge and N gauge and have had fun with all of them. I’m current in HO gauge and probably remain there for the rest of my life.
I don’t know what category in which to put this, but I’m a number cruncher in real life (accountant) and here are formulas for calculating speed of HO/OO gauge trains.
actual feet/time in seconds * 59.386 will give scale mph
actual meters/time in seconds *313.493 will give kph
I will derive the formulas for O gauge and N gauge in the near future.
Lester in Georgia, USA”
“Beware of paralysis by analysis. It’s easy to use up too much time planning so that you don’t get on with construction.
Make a start and then you can make corrections as you go. (Some baic plan is of course required.)
And lastly, something from Hall of Fame member, Dangerous Dave.
“Hi Alistair, just downloaded part 3 of the re build, shows my method for adding static Grass and a few other tips there for modellers building a layout.
Hope to get near completion within the next few weeks.
A huge thanks to Dave, Desmond, Lester and Al for adding to the HO logging layout plans.
I do love the layouts with a theme, for me, they stand out a mile and I thought Al has done a cracking job.
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.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.