Andrew’s model rail experience

“G’day Al from ‘Down Under’

I am delighted that you are continuing to run your magnificent blog, so many ideas to try and I now have several of your buildings on the layout. The Tudor House is my favorite.

Two years ago I was fortunate to get an opportunity to purchase more Hornby Dublo 3 rail track, locomotives and rolling stock from a new friend here in Oz.

His, like mine is 60 to 65 years old and in working order. and this enabled me to enlarge and rebuild my layout, a task that has given me many hours of enjoyment and it is fully operational.

Unfortunately I do not have the equipment and skills to send a video so attached are photos of my layout Mark 2.

Now it is finished (??) I am ready to dismantle and start again and to try some of the new ideas I have from your contributors.

Thanks for all you do and best wishes a happy, healthy 2020 to all.


Cooroy, Queensland, Australia”

A huge thanks to Andrew – loved his latest layout – I think it’s wonderful when there’s an old, old loco still going strong.

And now on to a small apology.

A few days ago I posted a ‘make your own railroad signals how-to’ from Andrew and Rob. But the comments section disappeared for some reason.

It’s fixed now, so if you did want to leave a comment, it’s here.

That’s all for now.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if 2020 is going to be the year you start your very own layout.



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12 Responses to Andrew’s model rail experience

  1. Dave Bower says:

    Nice to see some HD 3 rail, I still think it’s the best. Lovely layout Andrew.

  2. Ed Martin says:

    Please tell Andrew to use his cell phone to video his trains and layout in operation and great layout.

  3. Hi Andrew, what a great layout and I love the operational possibilities you have
    It’s great to see the Hornby Dublo kit still viable in hands other than my own. Is the dark roofed signal cabin original? I haven’t seen one like it before and in the UK it would be a real collectors item.
    I’m working on my own DUBLO 3-rail layout right now but it will be a while before its anywhere like up to your standard.
    Great work Andrew,

  4. Andrew Aves says:

    Hi John, Thank you for your kind comments, yes the signal box is a Hornby Dublo building. Given to me as a present in the 1950s when it had the original orange roof and which I painted matt black in 1969 when I first tried making my toy train set into a model railway. The trains and track were packed into a trunk in 1970 and did not see the light of day until I retired and in 2014 migrated to Australia.

  5. Mike says:

    This is interesting, the fact that 3 rail is still being used. I wonder how many other modellers do?

  6. Good to see the old Hornby Dublo 3 track still working , I had a set of this at 10 years old …long long time ago ..Dangerous Dave

  7. Please tell us the size of your layout. Great job.

  8. Thomas Meleck says:

    Yours is the first layout I’ve seen in any scale that incorporates a believable station parking lot. Most will paint spaces for possibly two or three cars,(including my own) but yours is totally realistic. Thanks for posting.–T.

  9. Andrew Aves says:

    Hi Thomas,
    Layout is in a shed in the garden 7 feet X 12 feet

  10. Richard R. Duld says:

    that is a big layout looks realy nice.

  11. Love it. 3 rail makes life so easy. Lionel 3 rail is for me.

  12. Rod Mackay says:

    Loved my old Hornby Dublo, I made a Nu-Cast O2 kit once for a layout and a show visitor asked if it was Dublo, I was really flattered!

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