Another missive of model railroad pics and tips

“I found a good use for the wrapping that tools and screws and such come in. It is almost perfect for glazing in the print out buildings.

Hope you can use this.



My grandson and I have started our railroad project. The photos aren’t much but everyone says the first thing to do is get started.

We are doing an HOn3 logging theme as I was raised in the Pacific Northwest. I had built an O27 and S gage layout as a young boy. We have built a 4×8 base and we are currently planning the layout.

Working with my grandson is allowing me to teach him how to plan things and then lay them out. Soon we will be building and running trains.

Best Regards,


“Hi, From Joe in Fayetteville Georgia.

Years ago I wanted to do paintings so I purchased the “Joy of Painting ” book of Bob Ross and that go me into wall painting for my train layout. I am sending pic’s of mine.

I had a 25 x 25 workshop with HO scale and with dual manual operation. I have since moved into a smaller home and let all of mine go with the sale of the old home. As you can see with the layout you cannot tell where the layout to wall starts.

I even have clouds made with pillow stuffing hanging from the ceiling with fish line.



Loved Lynne’s missive – I couldn’t agree more, it’s all about starting.

And poor old Joe, moving and having to let his layout go. Sadly, I get too many mails saying that!

That’s all this time, folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. The Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to grab the bull by the horns.



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20 Responses to Another missive of model railroad pics and tips

  1. David V. Corbin says:

    Hey Joe, Want to come to sunny and warm Florida and do some painting???? Your work is AWESOME!

  2. Brian Messenger says:

    Hi Lynne and grandson, congrats on starting your layout, that’s a biggie to GET started. I also model HOn3 logging in the north of California but a fictitious line called the Cascade Creek logging company (see my previous posts and photos). My layout (top level) runs around the walls, point to point in a “U” shape on a 12 inch wide shelf 54 inches off the floor. I have in the past and still do now – believe in, once started the momentum kicks in and you want to keep going. Don’t be afraid – just go for it and if you make mistakes they can be readily rectified. FYI: I keep a 2 step stool handy (I am 6 ft tall) for vertically challenged friends (especially my wife and biggest critic). Good luck and keep us posted. Brian. (Hall of fame member).

  3. Joe Wrigjt says:

    Thankyou for posting, good stuff

  4. NJ Mark says:

    Joe, I had to scrap my layout 25 years ago because of dwindling space. Everything I could salvage went into storage. About a year and a half ago space became available and the stuff came out and I am happily building my world again.

    Try a smaller scale and with limited space you can get ’em rolling again!

    Cheers! NJ Mark

  5. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Excellent,great art work,thanks for sharing

  6. Lynn says:

    WOW! Joe, you are one talented individual. I know that your new layout will be even more innovative and beautiful. I don’t know how but you will manage. Just beautiful are work all around. I only hope our little project will be half as nice as yours.

  7. Jim says:

    I had a large o gauge layout in my basement, then we also moved I brought my trains track that I could salvage and scenery. However the patio home didn’t have a large enough space so I sold my o stuff for a fair price lost about 5000.00 dollars. Since then I have started an HO layout It is not as fancy but at least I can still play with my trains


  8. Eddie says:

    Joe’s Layout was magnificent. What a tragedy he had to leave it when he moved.
    Bob Ross had a program called the Joy of Painting, I used to watch it a few years ago. Joe’s work did him proud…

    Eddie (Fife, Scotland)

  9. Marklin ed says:

    Thanks Joe like the viaduct, it’s a long one. The clouds are an orinigal idea for sure.

  10. Linda says:

    Glad to see Lynne getting started with the layout. How wonderful to share with his grandson, a fantastic bonding experience and building everlasting memories!

    Joe, I love your mural on the wall, especially the “floating” clouds. Mine is very similar and I also learned from Bob Rossi videos! Great job!

  11. John Reynolds says:

    Bob Ross and “The Joy of Painting” Highly recommended resource!
    A talented artist with a talent for teaching… His PBS specials were just that…. Special.
    The layout is a masterwork. Ross techniques as a mural? Inspiring!
    Sad to see another layout that could not be moved when the owner did.
    One of the reasons I got “bit” so hard by the “Micro” layout bug…
    I did build a portable 4 foot by 8 foot (approximately 1.3 meters by just short of 2 meters) that is portable and moved with me BUT the space in my current home is not suitable for it… So it sits in storage… I may refurbish it and sell it.
    That said… My solution to the problem of both space and the risk of moving has been to build extremely portable layouts — Some now hang on my wall as art…

  12. John says:

    I LOVE Joe’s idea for hanging clouds from the ceiling, not to mention his wonderful backdrop. Maybe he can switch to N gauge in his new, smaller space.

  13. wow nice start w the kiddos Lynne
    start em young and train em right…
    nice idea w the clouds…makes it a 3-D kinda Pike….
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  14. Carl Halgren says:

    So many of us have built 4′ x 8′ layouts. They are great for smaller spaces. If you have too little room to keep your 4×8 in a room, here is one possible solution. If you have a garage, the layout could be suspended from the garage ceiling, lowered via a series of pulleys. Try folding legs, removable legs, or set it on saw horses.

    The layout could be stored on its side against a basement or garage wall.

    Some people store smaller layouts under their beds, or even suspended from their bedroom ceilings. I don’t like the idea of having it over my bed, but that is just me.

    Still in training,
    Carl in Kansas

  15. David says:

    Excellent work wish i had all that space.

  16. Cary says:

    Great to see that the inspiration of Bob Ross lives on. He used to refer to his paintings as “his own little world”. I often think of that when trying to decide what type of scenes I want to build for my layout. Thanks for sharing guys, always great to see what everyone is doing. Cary in Kentucky

  17. Dan says:

    Very nice layout, and more importantly time spent with your grandson. Thanks for sharing.

  18. KERRY HELTON says:

    Vary nice joe.

  19. James Sulkosky says:

    Looks great keep up the great work.

  20. Tracy says:

    To all those out their….. I’m trying to decide between using code 55 and code 80 N scale track would like to hear others views..

    Thank you

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