Andy’s latest layout

Okay – first things first. I think there were gremlins about again in my last mailing.

If you missed Ken’s latest Amsterken layout, it’s here.

Now, remember Andy and his War of the Worlds piece? Well have a look at this one!


Over the last two offerings I shared my passion for T-trak and most recently my t-trak corner module and my War of the Worlds (Old- 1953 George Pal version vs New- 2005 Stephen Spielberg version) straight module.

Today I would like to share with you my newest corner module. This module comes directly from a scene in the 1953 George Pal version of WotW’s. In this scene the first of the “meteors” crashes outside of town there are several visitors to the site and one individual even hits it with a shovel (noting the hollow ring) the Sheriff and the scientist have gone out to look and discover that the three men they left to “Babysit” the meteor are now gone (piles of ash) and that the meteor has “unscrewed” it’s lid and has the heat ray/probe sticking out (see the last 3 pictures) all you know what breaks out from there. The Army brings in tanks and personnel and it becomes an all-out war.

I built this module as a complimentary piece to the version I shared earlier. Model Railroading has got to be about capturing the minds and hearts of the young and old alike. That requires a little “out of the box” thinking, and finding “common ground”. Therein lies the beauty of T-Trak. You can add or subtract modules to cater to your audience…. If it needs to be prototype it can be if it needs to be more it can do that as well. As always I would love to hear your member’s thoughts… (Good and bad I use them all)


Rob has been in touch again with curve update. Enjoyed this one.

Ebay cheat sheet is here – bargains galore at the mo.

Please keep ’em coming.



Don’t forget – last few days on Big Kahuna bundle deal for the print out buildings.

21 responses to “Andy’s latest layout”

  1. john creasey says:

    hi, do you think its necessary to have the crossing/tunnel configuration? Why not a simple return loop and then your marshalling yard can be either behind the station, as they often are in real life, and coming out past it. I can send you a drawing if you want
    John Harrow, uk

  2. Nice job Andy with the T track , you must have good eyesight , and Rob , your new plan looks to be a improvement on your existing layout..

  3. ron says:

    How did you reach the areas near the wall. They seem to be amost 4 feet from your standing area?

  4. TJ says:

    Excellent work by both of you! Thank you very much for sharing. Keep the pictures and video coming. TJ.

  5. Ken Goldenberg says:

    Love it! Looks like a scene from the X-Files!

  6. Ban Taul says:

    i found that 33.25 & 35.50 are perfect for wide sweeping turns for bachmann trk perticerlly(sp) for long passenger cars & for steam locos like 4-8-4 & longer. some times the tighter radius don’t cut it

  7. Thomas Meleck says:

    Very cool, Dude. Rock on.

  8. What is the base made of

  9. Peter the mackem Jones says:

    New plan looks good Rob looking forward to part two

  10. Toni Olivar says:

    I am in high hopes that you are planning to make a complete “War of the Worlds.” layout and that you create a video of the layout when you feel that you’re finished. I have no doubt that all of us readers here would be VERY INTERESTED in seeing it when done.

  11. THOMAS says:


  12. james says:

    I’d go for it…. sounds like a plan

  13. Peter says:

    If you have the room try using a transition curve for your “big curve”, this will make your trains run smoothly and look more realistic.

  14. D.B. Lewis says:

    Personally, I would like to see more T-Trak postings here.

  15. Rod Mackay says:

    Rob, although you used to have a large general goods yard somewhere near each town, it was also common right up to the 70s to have other traffic handled at passenger stations – perishables, newspapers, fresh fish, mail and parcels were often dealt with by dropping off vans in a little bay platform or loading dock. Sometimes these would run as whole trains, sometimes just a couple of vans shunted off into the siding or picked up again by the loco of a passenger train. That might make the working of your new station a bit more interesting. Also, most large stations had at least a few trains that terminated there, ran round, and went back the other way, so I reckon you need a crossover as well!
    Have fun…

  16. Christine says:

    I think you guys are getting too far away from the train thing. Looks like toys.

  17. Hi:
    The layout as is-is to be complimented. Cornering passenger cars without the correct spacing distances between the triple track- affect what you have already accomplished causing your want for change?,
    By using ‘flex-track” it can be done exactly like you have planned. Your scale procedures give you adequate turning radius without you having to correct it at the ends as you already have depicted on track closes to your yard. [Howe Station] Curve to straight-a-way can be continuous as you show with the new design with no snake movements that create de-railing with contact of on-coming con’sist. Keep going the way you are presently and keep sharing with us your wonderful inspiring work. I enjoy your work as shown and am looking forward to your sequels. Thx much!

    Harold Jr.
    PS: Love the music too!

  18. DANIEL o WISEMAN says:

    very good , and I amazed you take the time to do such a presentation , lets run some trains, got a show this week end ……….. by all means lets move out to the edge of the table,

  19. Robert Brady says:

    Andy it took me till the last 3 pics to completely understand where you were going.It is unique and a story line to boot.Not a fan of the module thing,too much work and money for that plaster and has to be identical in height. So your sayin if you want to change out the ”ufo” dingy you can add another landscape module? I suppose.All n all it’s innovative and kool. show more and provide a little action next time.

  20. Jan Boen says:

    Hi Rob,

    Sweeping curves etc all good ideas.
    I would add the 4th track if really necessary but certainly not a fifth one.
    You have a good balance between track and scenery. Keep it that way and don’t cram in too much track.

    Just my 2 cents,

    From Belgium

  21. steve joyce says:

    How super cool. I love that movie. Dynamite

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