Bob’s railroad tunnel

We’re going to start with a quick heads up today – and it’s also the reason why today is just a short post.

I’m drowning in stuff and life at the moment.

So if you’ve emailed me, and I haven’t replied, that’s why. Please bear with me – I’m doing the best I can and going as fast as I can…

Now back to business:


I was inspired by John’s recent “how to” on building with printed scenery. I fired up the inkjet printer and got started on the tunnel walls using his techniques. So far so good I think. I made the first panel on the face removable with some velcro so I can access the wiring behind. Wanted to share some pictures of the progress to date. I will send you some more updates when I get the top done.



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A huge thank you to Bob – of course, I’m biased, but I think his tunnel looks great. So quick and easy too.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget if you’re still sitting on the side lines, there’s only way to get involved, and that’ by making a start. That’s why the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet here. There’s a silly amount of HO stuff on it at the mo.

12 responses to “Bob’s railroad tunnel”

  1. Norman Roy says:

    Bob’s railway tunnel was fantastic. I love to see people working with O gauge post their work. I too work with O gauge trains since that is the gauge I started with as a boy. Well done, indeed.

  2. Shlack says:

    Always great to see stuff from fellow “high railers”

  3. John Reynolds says:

    Amazing work.. Love it… Which print out did you start with?

  4. Jim Maitland says:

    This make me want to add a room to assemble my O and Standard gauge equipment on a real layout. Currently I have floor level modular trackage..

    BZ to Bob

  5. mike kaludjer says:

    Thank you!
    I opened the newsletter with a sigh because most often it concerns HO , sometimes N, and rarely O.
    Today, I saw 3-rail track; hooray!

  6. Tony Wedding says:

    I made two quick and dirty layouts for Christmas in 2012 and 2013 using cardboard to build my risers and tunnels. First one was a 4X8 on plywood atop a pool table. 2013 was 4X7 built atop a permanent frame designed for my permanent layout I have been working on the last couple of years. I have a Marklin HO layout with one digital loco and two non. Hoping to convert the two to digital so operation and wiring will be simpler. I also have an N scale loco that I plan on creating another Christmas layout with.
    I utilized some printed stone wall effects such as Bob’s above for my walls around tunnels and tunnel facing in addition to bridgework. Even had a Santa flying over first year.
    That is certainly a quick way to add walls such as Bob did and looks great also.

  7. Gene Fricks says:

    I work at the other end of the scale – N scale – and am doing a tunnel with a similar built-up approach. It has a curve; keeping the clearances has been a challenge. Comments/observations from others who have done a tunnel with similar approaches would be appreciated. What technique did you use to maintain a uniform clearance going around the curve?

  8. Manuel says:

    Pretty neat, it reminds me of the real huge stone construction in Europe

  9. Tommy says:

    O gauge looks so toyish to me. The use of only a few ties on the sections of track. The engines and cars look so unrealilistic. Can you tell I’m an HO fan? Much more real-like and better to build layouts with. Sorry, HO for life for me.

  10. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great work nice detail.

  11. Tim Morlok says:

    Re: N scale tunnel. This will work for all scales. To find the minimum clearances around any curve, take the longest car that you are going to run through the tunnel, hold a pencil at the car’s mid point on the inside of the curve and trace a line all the way around the curve. For the out side clearance, place the pencil at the out side corner on either end of the car and draw a line around the curve. These lines will give you the minimum clearances plus a little extra (half the thickness of the pencil that you use). I hope this helps with your tunnel project. Tim

  12. Todd says:

    Looks fantastic!! I love tunnels, they give such realism. I model. ho scale . But have also liked O scale as well.!!!

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