4×8 HO scale layout plans

Bill’s been in touch again, this time adding to the 4×8 HO scale layout plans on the blog.

He’s been a busy man. (His last post is here.)

“Hi Al

Continued kudos for your site and all the moderates who share their work. I’ve gotten many ideas from the work shown on your site!

I’m actually getting close to completing basic scenery on my 4X8 Layout. Won’t be long before I start the next section. Recently I’ve been completing ground cover and starting add in more of the details. I still have lots of work to do on buildings but I’m making progress.

The past few weekends I’ve gotten large areas completed with trees as well. I was thinking of putting in a small hill near the roundhouse but the more I thought about it the more I leaned to actually put in a depression to give some topographic relief. Everything else was flat on this section that a hill would look out of place but not a depression. As always I’m having fun 😀

The first step is always the hardest but once you start you’ll have a Layout going in no time.

Thanks Bill in Virginia”

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HO scale house

4x8 ho scale layout plans

4x8 ho scale layout plans

4x8 ho scale layout plans

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4x8 ho scale layout plans

4x8 ho scale layout plans

Next on to Jacob, who has been in touch again:

“Hello again from Kentucky! Al, thanks again for posting my earlier email detailing my layout and story.

First of all, just wanted to say thank you to all the great comments from my first post of my layout work and background story posted a few weeks ago…everyone was so kind!

As promised, here are a few videos taken from my layout featuring some of my older DC locomotives including my childhood Chattanooga Choo Choo by TYCO and also my newest addition – a GP60M BNSF DCC locomotive with Tsunami Sound Decoder.

Enjoy the video!

And Al, if you don’t mind, could you please include a link from my first post as I answered some of the questions in the comments section but not sure everyone got a chance to see my responses!

Happy Model Railroading!


A huge thanks to Jacob and to Bill for adding to the 4×8 ho scale layout plans. Can’t wait to see Bill’s next installment!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

14 Responses to 4×8 HO scale layout plans

  1. John Birch says:

    Excellent work with super detail. I liked the wrecked cars. In my opinion, it is always that kind of personal touch that raises a layout from just a layout to something special with character.

  2. Jacob Walton says:

    Thanks Al for posting my video. All, be sure to remain on my YouTube channel for additional videos with my other DC and DCC locomotives!

    Great job so far Bill on your layout progress! Looks really nice! Love the depression that you incorporated into the layout!

    Jacob from Kentucky

  3. NJ Mark says:

    Thanks for sharing your work with us. I really love the detailing. Now that spring yard work is about complete, I can try to get back to my layout and get a few more things done. Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Colin says:

    Well Bill looking really good. The depression is a bit of a master stroke. it really lifts the whole of that area. Also love the wrecked cars and pallets. looks great and fine detail.

    Keep it coming

    Colin Scotland uk

  5. Jeff says:

    Wow! Viewing your layout brings back so many memories for me as a child. I had that same Chattanooga Choo-choo. Was stolen in one of my many parents moves. Beautiful layout my friend, thank you for sharing!

  6. Jim says:

    Nice. You both have some great modeling going on here. Jacob’s baseball field is unique and fun to see. And Bill has some truly great detail in his building structures and track scenes. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  7. Warren Ferguson says:

    Love your layout. I really like the cars you used. Where did you find them? I especially liked the junk 1930s cars. Great job!
    Warren, AL, USA

  8. Chuck says:

    I wish you would show layout diagrams, particularly on the switching and table top layouts. Thanks

  9. Chip Aderholdt says:

    Magnificent! Add some weathering and you have a perfect job..

  10. Robert Murray says:

    I love seeing another who enjoys the Tyco Locos. I have quite a few myself, including my first, a 49 y/o Tyco 4-6-0 that still runs great! (I was 10 y/o at the time) For me, the best thing about these e-mails I get is seeing the ideas others have and the helpful hints. These are both a couple of beautiful layouts. Good job guys.

  11. Daniel says:

    I love those old TYCO cars!!! I still have mine!!
    The junk yard on Bill’s layout is fantastic!!
    Daniel in Boston

  12. David Wibbels says:

    I like your scenic details and your attention to period structures.

  13. Alabama Mike says:

    Bill, great idea about the depreciation. Looks great.

  14. George Zaky says:

    Make an excavation crew to search for the meteor that made that crater. ( that’s what happens when you open up to the masses- looney tunes ). BTW- nice job.
    Great video. Great layout.

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