Firstly I’d like to say how much I enjoy all the tips from your subscribers and seeing their work.
I started my layout two years ago this month on the premise that it would be a “pocket money layout” so everything is either scratch built or used/repaired.
It measures about 15 feet by 5 and is built on two dining tables which I got from a charity shop for £5 each and covered in MDF offcuts from a local joiner. The photos show how far I have got so far (still a lot to do) and I hope they show what can be achieved on a budget.
I have spent between three and four hundred pounds to this point (less than £5 per week) and the enjoyment I have had far surpasses the expenditure.
I hope you like what I have done, as I not a purist by any means!
Thanks again for all the ongoing tips and info
Andy (Ferryhill County Durham)”
A huge thank you to Andrew. It just goes to show, you can build a layout on a shoe string budget… though once you’re bitten by the bug…
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if Andrew has got you thinking. It’s full of money saving tips.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.
That’s one fine looking layout Andy. Lots and lots of things to look at and probably even more than the photos show. I wish though there were a couple “before” photos (like just the tables) to see where you started. And to think, you’ve done all this great work on the cheap! I had to convert pounds to US dollars and all I can say it, I’m impressed (1 pound is equal to 1.30 US dollars) so your total is only about $600 USD. Very impressive.
Sunny Silicon Valley (where nothing is cheap)
That’s £5 a week well spent!
Well done Andy.
Well done Andrew …You a Yorkshire man ?? …it can be done without paying a fortune as you show …Dangerous Dave
verry interesting build
quite busy and the fact it was bullt for 5pd a week is really cool
Im a ‘shoestring’ builder myself
keep em runnin fellas
stjohn in long beach calif
IT WOULD BE INTERESTING WHAT YOU COULD HAVE DONE ON AN UNLIMITED BUDGET……
Hi Andy Your layout looks great. Thank you for sharing. Vic
Very impressive work…
A couple of years ago I built an Inglenook switching layout for less than $200 USD. I am currently seeing what I can do in On30 on another “budget” layout build. So far I have built 8 freight cars at a total cost of roughly $5.00 each.
While I find every project I embark on to be “food for my soul”: This current project has been some of the most fun and invigorating “work” that I have had in the hobby in several years. I have been having so much fun building the cars that I had almost forgotten “why” I am building them… I just purchased a couple of engines on e-bay (two Athearn switchers) for a grand total of $50 for the pair… (I only needed one but when I lost the bid on my first one I found two more and bid on both… $30 for one and $20 for the other) I needed the mechanisms… My current planned “budget” is $500 for an operating layout about 3 foot by 6 foot.
Again: Very well done on your layout! Excellent ideas and work!
A fine piece of work all done on a budget but with an obvious natural talent and to draw a compliment from the also very talented Dangerous Dave is a testament to your great results.
Gary – Australia
Are the round brick pillars made from toilet rolls?
A cracking layout on such a small budget!
Well done! Very inspirational!
It’s exactly the kind of thing that I want to do. Something quite deliberately inauthentic in the sense of not period-specific or region-specific. In part this is because too I have loads of “random stuff” to use/repair and also to scratch-build with.
I love your pair of class 33s and also the nod-and-wink of the Poundland truck at the back of one shot. Please keep us up to date with your singular railway!
I see a number of the available printouts from the site. A great way to save money.
A nice layout Andrew.
What make are your trains?, some looks like Triang and Lima.
Looks great Andrew happy railroading
Looks good – the important fact is that you enjoy it – whether it is totally accurate is not a problem – it is your railway and the fun in building and operating is all that matters
Outstanding…I spend a fortune building a layout and Andy does it for peanuts and it looks better than mine. Thank goodness this is just a hobby or I would be depressed. Good job to all of you that have vision and imagination as well as the talent to make this hobby great.
Bob from Mississippi
Very inspiring Andrew
I’ve picked up stuff for my and my son’s layout from 2nd hand toy shops, it’s amazing some of the things you can find for just a pound or two.
That’s a fine looking layout Andrew. Thanks for sharing.
Great job Andrew, an entertaining layout can be done cheaply if you persevere and keep your eyes open for bargains. Nice one!
Nice Layout. Inspirational and interesting work.
Thanks for sharing.
Sure inspires originality and creativity!
fantastic job. all used shoe sting budget doesn’t get better.
Looking good. I know the fun you’re having. Keep up the good work.
that is a very busy layout.
PHENOMENAL !! The layout is beautiful.
I have seen many great layouts that have been on the site. I just have one request many never tell what gauge the layout is and it would be help full to me if the gauge were part of the narrative. At 84 my eyes are not as good as they used to be and it is hard to tell the gauge from just a picture.
ANDY, Looks like it is a fun layout to operate. Very imaginative,
your private little world. I’m just seeing the activity in my mind.
Excellent work Andrew. More “Engin-uity” from the North East.
Stephenson & Armstrong would be proud.
REMARKABLE!!!! WELL DONE!!!! Perseverance over pocktbook
What do you mean, lots more to do! Every inch of that layout is covered! Looks like you had a good time building it! Enjoy
Looks great: But would like to see more.
A really great job on a shoestring budget. I almost went broke on my small layout. This a hobby that can be fun and teaches persistence and patience.