3d printer model railroad – George’s

George has been keeping himself busy with his 3d printer model railroad files – have a look at what he’s done:

“Greetings to the Commander & Chief.

I hope this finds & yours well.

A back that wont cooperate, the very cold garage, financial restraints and a critical re-alignment in the garage has prevented progress in the construction phase of my layout.

So I've been 3D cadding stuff indoors so that when the construction does begin I have all this stuff ready to go to.

For instance I just completed the Stone Koe-tahje ( cottage) and now it has a gas meter, electric meter, barbeque grille, back steps, and front porch.

Pics below:

printable building

printable building

So I got this not so bright idea that since I spent a lot of time creating this stuff such as these with a 3D printer:

3d printer model railroad

3d printer model railroad

3d printer model railroad

There are a bunch of them like crates, pallets, junk etc. Some have been taken from the net & you’re supposed to recognize the authors, which I did not, so no one can use them except for their own layout.

These you see are those I created and so are free to do whatever. BTW the crossing signal will function with IR detection & a servo motor all thanks to John Frye (A href=”https://modelrailwaylayoutsplans.com/model-train-ir-detector/”>Model train IR detector) and the oil well works great.

I don’t want to make more work for you- Mr 2-a-day- so I thought a site maybe where we can exchange files would work. I wouldnt know how to do that.

You have been a major factor in my life and only friends can do that so by definition, though I never met you, I consider you a friend.

God bless


A huge big thanks to George – his comments on the posts always have me smiling from ear to ear, so very happy to have George as a friend.

George’s last post was an excellent ‘how to’ on putting a crossing signals together:

Model railroad crossing.

Unsurprisingly, more 3D printing posts are creeping on to the blog. The one I always think of is Grant’s:

N scale 3D printing.

That’s all for today folks. Thanks to George and his take on 3d printer model railroad files – I’m sure it’s something we’ll see more and more of over time.

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.

Kids model train

Mike has been in touch – his theme is a kids model train layout.

It’s another great example of your layout can be whatever you want it to be:

“Greeting, Alistair-

Like many I would guess, I begin each morning propped in bed sipping my morning coffee (or perhaps tea) and reading the latest from your blog. Just pure pleasure to see the ingenuity and artistry of so many modelers.

Here’s my latest effort- not terribly ingenious or artistic-but it is a complete success. The theme here is fun. My 4 year old grandson is mad about trains (and garbage trucks). He lives in Benecia California and every day he gets to hear the California Zephyr and numerous other freight and commuter trains roll along the banks of the Straits of Carquinez headed for San Francisco.

So I set out this winter to build a fun model train layout using some of my old Lionel rolling stock that the kids could play with.

We had a huge family reunion around the solar eclipse this spring so we had a half dozen youngsters playing with this train- they ran the wheels off it, and not one problem! (and no, I don’t work for Lionel)

It was fun to build – nothing is particularly to scale, the colors are vivid, and it’s more playful than realistic. But I’m happy to say- the kids loved it, and I’d like to think it may have sparked an interest in model railroading that will stay with them.

Best Regards,

Mike from Indiana.”

lionel model railroad figures

kids model train theme

kids model train theme

kids model train

lionel layout

lionel model railroad

Kids model train:

model railroad lionel boat figures

lionel model railroad house

painting model railroad backdrop

kids model train

A big thanks to Mike for sharing his kids model train layout. I suspect in years to come the memories from this layout will always raise a smile from both generations.

And now on to Paul, who also shares a fine a example of a layout can be whatever you want it to be.

(Paul’s last missive is here: model train room.)

“This was my first attempt at building a model railway (and a house!) and I was so pleased with how it turned out I have not changed or added anything to it.

I do however miss the building of it so I have taken to making model aircraft from kits, The 1.72 scale fits well with OO, so they are hanging from the ceiling in the train house. I will send a photo of them soon.

There are 32 planes now a few of which were salvaged from the 50s/60s. They needed some repairs but that’s half the fun.

model train plane

 model railway plane

model railway room

It’s important to have access to all areas of the layout. A friend of mine tried to make a railway and spent time making his hill with a tunnel, then he had a derailment had had to pull the whole thing down to reach the train. The second picture is the answer. I learnt that before I even started.

mode train tunnel

model train access

Once again many thanks to you Alastair and to all the people for their lovely comments.


That’s all for today folks. A big thanks to Paul and to Mike for his kids model train layout.

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.

Kato HO scale Unitrack

Anthony has been in touch with his Kato HO scale Unitrack:

“Hello Al.

My name is Anthony. I live in Pittsburgh, PA – USA.

On January 22 of this year, I started building a platform for a train layout in HO scale.

I am using Kato Unitrack. To this date, I have 4 lines of track on the platform, three of which are connected, and one is separate.

The platform is 10 feet by 13 feet. The HO track is all completed and laid out, but now I will spend the next several years laying scenery and will be trying to add some realism to the platform.

I will try to send you 15 pictures of my current Unitrack layout.

Again, just started on this Kato. Feel free to use my pictures and layout in your circulation. Take care.


kato HO scale unitrack layout

HO model railroad

kato ho scale unitrack

Kato HO scale Unitrack

kato engine house

Kato HO scale Unitrack:

model railroad points

HO track layout

Kato HO scale Unitrack

model railroad access hatch

model train track layout

Kato HO scale Unitrack

model train diesel freight

model train passenger car

HO scale bridge

Kato HO scale Unitrack

I love what Anthony has done with this HO scale – he’s made a start and that’s what it’s all about.

There’s quite a few Kato Unitrack layouts on the blog now.

HO scale Kato model layouts

Kato Unitrack HO

Kato track plans

Now on Wally:

“Al: I thoroughly enjoy all the videos and tips. I would like to pass on an observation on a recent video.

The HO loco being cleaned on the Trix wheelcleaner is going to have contact problems. The brushes clean the wheels, but also leave microscopic pits. This happens with any scale. A better method is alcohol on a strip of paper towel. This cleans the wheels without wearing them down. I use this myself, and it works great.

Thanks for the listen.



I saw the post on moving the small scale 3X4 layout. Easy. Nail or better yet screw some 1X4 strips on the outside, then a ¼ inch of plywood cut to the size of the layout screwed to the top. Another piece of plywood on the bottom to protect wiring and then it I ready to move. And stack where ever by the moving company. A couple 1X2 cross braces can be put on the top to protect but as small as these is they may not be needed.


A big thank to Anthony for sharing his Kato HO scale Unitrack. Thanks to Wally and Bruce too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

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

Remember, it’s the start that stops most people.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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