Ben finishes his shelf railroad layout

Ben’s been in touch again with his shelf railroad layout. (His last post in is the middle of this one).

He’s done a fantastic job too. I so love seeing the start and finish pics of your layouts:

“Hi Al!

I emailed you months ago about the ho scale shelf switching layout I was making. I wanted to share some photos with more to come.

I’m pretty much done with it, but I still have details to add.

Thanks for all you do to help the hobby!

Ben from southern California”

model railroad shelf layout

model railroad oil tanker

model railroad sidings

And now, more from Hall of Fame member, Dangerous Dave:

“HI Al ,just posted this video on Youtube, its showing my model of the HST, with a bit of history shown.

It has been on channel 5 this last 2 weeks showing how this Loco brought British Rail back on the tracks as we might say, it was the first of the new type of Diesel Loco, which could run at 125 mph and still holds the record of the fastest diesel Loco in the world.

She started work in 1978 and was designed and built here in the UK, still is one of the most popular, and used Loco’s , unfortunately now after 40 years , they are starting to replace with Electric and more often ,not made here in the UK.

Regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all for today, folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to get started on your dream layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

12 responses to “Ben finishes his shelf railroad layout”

  1. Robert Brady says:

    As always thank you Dave! I see it’s all passenger day.

  2. steve Joyce says:

    Cool looking engines Dave. I guess you are going to have to lay caternary and replace them with electric locos eventually

  3. I really like Ben’s layout. It is so realistic and not cluttered like so many layouts. He did a super job. Charles

  4. Cary Price says:

    Great detail Ben, love the grass coming up in the ballast between the rails, nice touch! Thanks for sharing. Cary in KY

  5. Jim says:

    Really nice modeling, Ben. Some neat scenes and great detail with the ground cover and track work. Would like to see more pics.

    Jim AZ

  6. Richard says:

    what a great layout. the trains are exciting. scenery is superb, I can tell you took your to make this right. looks awesome.

  7. Andrew Aves says:

    A trip down memory lane – Thanks Dave. In 1976 with some friends who all worked with British Transport Hotels (a wholly owned subsidiary of British Rail) we used one of our free tickets for a return trip from London Paddington to Bristol on the new 125. It was so smooth that the only way we knew that it had reached 125 mph was to time the quarter mile markers with our watches. A great day out

  8. ian mcleod says:

    Ben
    If beginners such as myself who are still in the planning stage take the time to not just watch your video but really observe what you have done in detail then we will learn a great deal,the scenery, housing, stations and the weeds along the track…everything,Well done.
    Ian

  9. Ian McDonald says:

    Really nice job Ben. great video and history lesson Dave. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Col. Fannin says:

    I see trains on the upper level which were running on the bottom. I thought you did away with the ramps.

  11. Rod Mackay says:

    The day of the HST is not quite over yet, some of the sets being displaced by the Hitachi electrics on Great Western are going to Scotland, and others being reduced from eight trailers to I think five for the Cardiff-Bristol-Taunton services, and will no doubt turn up elsewhere at some stage. We were on holiday in Britanny recently and chatting to a “local” in a bar who turned out to be a retired HST diesel fitter who, although no “chuffed nutter”, was still passionate about HST as BR’s best train. I have to say my better half actually prefers the Hitachis for their legroom and seats, both of which were rather mean in the most recent interior refurb of the HSTs.
    Rod

  12. dangerous daveErmnie has done a nice jhob says:

    Thanks all again , this was a video to show that we still love the 125,..even if they do replace in time to come , its still been a great workhorse ….the query about doing away with my ramps , I only did away with one of them , so can still run lower and upper level with changes of the locos from time to time ..Dangerous Dave

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