I have been enjoying your site for some time now and thought I would try and contribute something.
I never had a train set as a child but I had always admired watching them.
After I retired I decided to spend my children’s inheritance on building and running a model train layout.
I built my first layout when I was 65 (HO w/DCC and sound) in the corner of our spare bedroom. It was 8 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide.
I found most of my information on the internet as there is no hobby shop within 150 miles of my home.
I built everything using purchased kits so I could get a feel of what was available.
Got to say, I was not impressed with today’s kits as I remember building model airplanes, boats and rockets as a kid and remember the quality and instructions as quite a bit better.
I have attached some pictures of my first layout.
I dismantled it, expanded it and moved it into my workshop in the back yard after a couple of years and I will be glad to send you some pictures of that updated layout if you wish.
Great layout, Bob, but I know what everyone will say: “Yes, we want to see the pictures of the updates!”
That’s all for today folks. Hope you enjoyed it as much as me.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.