Bob’s O scale

Bob’s been busy on his O scale:

“Hi Al … just wanted to add some further comments on my Dog-bone layout … it was constructed of 2 x 4 wood framing with 3/8″ plywood table top surface …

the entire surface was covered with 3/16 ‘ cork (roadbed material) and painted green …

all Gargraves track was used with 054 and 042 curves … all switches are 042 …

the layout not highly detailed but meant to give the visual illusion of detail …

refined detailing can be added but right now I am just into running the trains …

the most complete layout I have ever had and still a work in progress …

will further advise on this layout and follow up on a layout I started a few years ago but had to temporarily abandon to finish off some attic space …

Bob … German TN … USA”

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

“Hello Al,

I appreciate your emails and all the information.

Over the past 35 years I have built almost 100 of these Buildings & accessories…..about 60 in this 4 x 8 layout.

Someday I hope to do a more detailed layout.

Best Regards


o scale layout ideas

“All some very simple images.

The partial American flag image was from the American Flag Company that was destroyed when a pipe burst right over the layout.

I scratch built the depot station building as well as the loading dock. The cars and barrels have been rusted out.



o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

Now on to Dave:

“Hi Al,

just uploaded this video showing new sidings added to my layout (which is something we always need) but also showing a couple of good tips.

One is some wire connectors, found cheap on Facebook, but no screws so very easy to use, also becasuse my old soldering station broke, I purchased a new cheap one and found it did a very good job.

It has all the bells and whistles, on off switches and temperature gauge, came in a bag with soldering wire, electrical wire and few extras, all for about £16 ($20), nice to find a bargain these days.



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A big thanks to Bob, John, George and Dave.

That’s all for today folks, please do keep em coming because it is jolly quiet this end.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here to stop you making the mistakes we all make.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

10 Responses to Bob’s O scale

  1. Colin edinburgh says:

    Dave. No matter how big a layout you’ll always find a need for more sidings. I suppose as your layout expands you collect more and more rolling stock and engines. Hence more storage needed.
    Bob. I’m a fan of running trains rather than scenery. In fact no additional scenery other than perhaps a station or two is more than enough. Thanks goodness some modellers like yourself and Dangerous dave keep us up to date with new ideas

  2. Stephen Hill says:

    John those old building are awesome , seriously detailed, when you mentioned you built them was it from kits or did you make them from scratch ? I’ve never seen any like those anywhere . Really enjoy your display , it’s very clean and fun . Great job !

    George , likewise sir , magnificent craftsmanship and detail , gkad you were able to rebuild after water pipe burst.

    David … as always your videos and tutorials are priceless, I’m curious sir , do you sleep in that room ?

  3. Ben Hawkins says:

    Thanks for the O Scale layout, looks very professional looks on each picture,
    Please show more O scale, I am working on mine and this helps

  4. George Zaky says:

    Clean, neat & running
    I cant believe those bldgs. Wow
    The larger scales allow great detailing especially for old codgers like me. Nice
    I light up when I see you’re on. Thanks for your movie show and tips & tricks. Hope you & yours are well.
    Big Al
    Keep on truckin. Could you show me your version of the factory bldg rear view. I’m playing with that. Thanks

  5. Lorne Hope says:

    Bob, great layout. You are doing a fine job. I have come to the conclusion that building your layout should be fun and you should enjoy building it. It doesn’t matter how it looks. Just get the trains running.

    Hope – NC

  6. Don says:

    Does anyone have a sawmill and log loading scene.

  7. Another Dave says:

    That bridge is an awesome example of what you can do with an old Erector set! Well done!

  8. Rocco Maley says:

    Hey Bob, Rocco from New Jersey Love’s what you did with that old Erector set. Love the bridge. My parents bought me an erector set every year starting in 1953, With an advanced set every year until I had advanced to #10 set. All I have left is the screws and small couplings and braces that come with the bag of hardware. I’m 78 years old and still using them. Rocco from Haskell N.J.

  9. David Schaffner says:

    Never seems to bring on new ideas, like the rail spray on tracks and the addition of some new buildings and houses. Never seen anything like them in the states. Are they kits or fully assembled? Would like to know your source so I could acquire a few. Your running trains are always an attraction to your landscaping genius and craftsmanship. How much time do you spend with your layout? Do you have help? Awesome horn at the end of your video….Love your layout.

  10. william j plmer says:

    nice work

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