HO buildings – Eric adds to his layout

Eric’s been back in touch. He’s been adding HO buidlings to his layout.

It’s really starting to take shape now:

“This part shows roads, buildings, vehicles and folks in place.

We have a local biker bar, few stores, warehouse, office building, vacant warehouse on the south side and wonderful “Lilly’s Pleasure Palace” with young ladies at work 24 – 7. I think there maybe one waving 👋 down a vehicle Part 5 or 6, look close and then outside the building.

Three young boys vehicle broke down when coming into Town Maxville, those older cars are heavyee. There was also an old Chevrolet p/u that was on its way to town and a sports car pulling a trailer coming through the tunnel.

Don’t know where he is planning on going??

Well building lights were added, a small park in the Northeast corner and a fountain in the center of the town park.

The fountain was made with a plastic 2 liter soda cap cut in half and painted then very small stones glued to the outside edges and filled with a mixture of white glue mixed with blue paint. This dried and then the water spray was added which was white glue smeared on wax paper, wait till dry shape and you have water shooting out of fountain.

Ok Al, thats is it for now, thank all of you for the comments and standby for part 5.

Stay safe, it is going to be a hot one in St Louis this week with 105 heat index.

Eric the Firefighter”

HO scale buildings

HO scale buildings with LED lights

HO buildings with backdrop

HO buildings bar hotel

That’s it for Eric and his HO buildings – His last HO scale update is here

Now on to Gus:


I really enjoy your site. I thought I would send a few pictures of my layout four years in the making. The layout is 9’-0” X 17’-0” (274 x 518). We can run four trains. Some of the scenery is store bought and a lot is scratch built from materials around the house.

The table is built aircraft style with ribbed construction and 2 x 4 legs that have gusset braces at 8 perimeter locations. The center is supported by 4 2 x 4’s. The deck is two layers 1/2” plywood.

The trackage is the old fashion Lionel tubular track set on foam track bed. There are about 800 hand cut ties glued under the tracks with o scale ballast.

The layout is powered by two Lionel 275 watt transformers.

The lighting is divided into five separate circuits and are powered by five multi tap transformers.

All of the building scenes are built on 1/8 thick board so that I can remove each scene and place it elsewhere on the layout.

The mountain and tunnels are made of scrap styrofoam and sculpted using a hacksaw blade attached to piece of wood and heated red hot with propane torch then covered with plaster cloth.

All main buss wiring is # 12 with # 14 feeders. Wanted to make sure minimal voltage loss. One thing for sure is that you learn to correctly wire the layout so you don’t burn up things.

Have some of the usual accessories. Coal loader, stationary crane, water tower, culvert loader and a circus car. The locomotives are Lionel, K-Line and Williams 1950 to present.

Thanks for a great site and all of the ideas. It great to see what you folks do across the pond.


model train locomotive

model train army loco with freight

model train railroad street scene

model railroad apartment building

model railroad water tower

model railroad oil storage tanks

model train army locomotive with freight

A big thanks to Eric and Gus.

Eric’s done a fantastic job of documenting his update, it’s great to see it from the start to the final stages.

That’s all for today folks – please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

11 Responses to HO buildings – Eric adds to his layout

  1. federico sicard says:

    Wonderful and amazing layouts.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Craig Hatch says:

    Do you guys have help building these empires or are you solo? Help needed on my empire.

  3. Robert Brady says:

    I’ll be at Fetty’s café if your looking for me ……

  4. Erick says:

    Good work.!!!!!

  5. Eric says:

    Solo i fly.

    Eric the Firefighter

  6. Clever scenes
    Well executed!

  7. James Corradini says:

    Eric the firefighter love your New Mexico Arizona desert background and I think I’d like to hang out on that balcony with your friends LOL and Gus I’m building my ho layout with my wife’s O gauge running around the outside of it I was wondering the lifted elevated part what is that made out of it looks like concrete very nice thanks for both of you for sharing

  8. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Gus nice layout! You should join OGR on line forum.com Think you might enjoy.

  9. Richard Chapple Sr says:

    Such exciting stuff. So fun to look at. Well done, so much to study, looking at all the detail, thank you both for sharing your layouts.

  10. Jim Kennedy says:

    I look at all these great displays =and realize that their talent goes way beyond mine. But it also makes me want to get started on mine asap. It is my plan to scratch build almost everything including buildings and scenery. I only hope I can pull it off to the same extent as the displays I see here.

  11. Cary B says:

    Hello Al,
    Eric and Gus layouts were a joy to see. Two different scale layouts of the hobby we love.
    Just thought I’d post this comment to thank you for what you give to our hobby, your site is much appreciated by all. Wishing you the best, cheers from America
    Cary B New Market Maryland

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