4 lane HO track layouts

Brent’s a man of very few words – but he’s made a cracking layout. He’s added to the collection of 4 lane HO track layouts on the blog.

Clearly it’s struck a chord with a lot of you, just look at all the comments!

“Hi Alastair,

Just wanted to send you a few picks of my almost completed HO layout. I think it’s coming along nicely.



(All images are clickable)

HO model train tunnel

HO model railroad lakehouse

4 lane ho track layouts

4 lane ho track layouts

4 lane ho track layouts

HO model railroad church

4 lane ho track layouts

HO model railroad desert

HO model railroad desert houses shops

4 lane ho track layouts bridge waterfall

A big thanks to Brent for adding to the 4 lane HO track layouts – some wonderful detail there.

I do enoy reading all the comments on all the posts, and it’s easy to see Brent’s layout is a popular one with you all.

I think I should add it to the HO scale train layouts.

Over the years there have been some stunning layouts, and certainly HO is a popular scale.

The ones that spring to mind for me are the ones with a strong theme or backstory. Here are some of them:

16×16 HO scale layout.

HO scale loop.

And of course, there is James’s layout:

1950s HO scale model railroad.

Glyn’s is also one that is hard to forget, an absolute stunner:

Marklin HO layout.

I really enjoy the ones that are work in progress too, they don’t have to be finished and stunning to be interesting, like Wayne’s:

HO scale tunnels.

There are quite a few updates from Wayne on the blog and I’ve enjoyed them all.

If you’d like to share your layout, Just like Brent did with the 4 lane HO track layouts, please just email me.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming – I can’t tell you how ghostly quiet it is this end.

And if today is the day you say no to boredom and join the fun, 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.

73 Responses to 4 lane HO track layouts

  1. Roy Forbes says:

    Fantastic. Really like the waterfall – super effect.

  2. NJ Mark says:

    Brent, your scenery is great, I really love the waterfall! How big is the layout?

    Cheers! NJ Mark

  3. Colin says:

    Nice layout the desert scene is very good as is the water fall and pond. Only one small item is the 90 degree corners on the roads outside the town hall type building.
    Well done a lovely layout especially the change of environment.

  4. Ian Brown says:

    Stunning set up given me some ideas for my own when I finally get round to setting it up

  5. Patrick Hanlon says:

    I love the dark rock detail. Those are not molds. You sculted those free hand didn’t you? They are fantastic.

  6. Robert Brady says:

    The waterfall and the river are the bomb.I have to do that asap,great layout

  7. Appookta says:

    Brent – how did you do the waterfall?!? It’s amazing!!!

  8. Warren Ferguson says:

    Outstanding work! The desert scene and the waterfall are beautiful.

  9. Bill Roberts says:

    The ghost town is the most imaginative thing I have ever seen! I would like to know how you made the water fall and the shale rock above the tunnel. What a great job. Much to be copied.

  10. Rob McCrain says:

    Very nice modeling. I like it. Very realistic, Rob McCrain

  11. David Hannan says:

    Love the waterfall! The rest is very well done!

  12. Don Jennings says:

    I would think the city road department would straighten out those sharp corners by the firehouse. I like the water falls look good

  13. Bob B says:

    People always show the details but never the big picture. I would like to see some pics where the whole layout is shown. Some pics as though we are walking up to the layout and can see it in it’s entirety.

  14. Frank Polo says:

    Inspiring layout. I liked the tunnel to tunnel run.

  15. Ramsey Arnold says:

    The detail and effect of the waterfall and beyond is beautiful!

  16. Don says:

    Superb work and love it!!

  17. A great job on the desert scene.You’ve given me a great boost in trying to figure out my desert scene and what I want to achieve!! Thanks!!

  18. Larry says:

    You are definitely correct, MTH stuff is way over priced and overrated. I have some Bachmann engines that are superb and some old Spectrum that I converted to DCC with even old Digitrax decoders that are just great. Sound is fantastic plus how about 1” movement in one minute for slow speed control !?!

  19. Mike Pettruzzelli says:


  20. Kathe Kozlowski says:

    Overall the layout is superb. Shows a lot of thought and an over all plan for one area and scene to meld into the next one. What is the size of your layout? What radii are you using for your curves? Send more posts!
    Frank & Kathe , Florida

  21. Minnesota Dan says:

    Brent, excellent work, and one of the best waterfalls I have seen. You must enlighten us on how you did it. Also, do they make HO scale Sears catalogs for the outhouse?

    Minnesota Dan

  22. tom in az says:

    Great work, I don`t keep many post but this one I will save for future viewing and to help my work. Tom in Payson AZ

  23. For my $.02 worth I think you are going in the right train of thought with the revamp of the electronics jmo !

  24. Patrick Talley says:


    Adding DCC decoders to a poorly running locomotive will not fox any of your problems. You will still be using the same motors & gears you have now. I would suggest you take a little time on YouTube to learn how to service & repair your locomotives. I was scared to death to open my first one, but now people pay me fix theirs and upgrade to DCC. It’s like Alastair says all the time, “It’s just a matter of getting started”…

  25. Hemi says:

    To Greg,
    I myself have seen sefveral people to have issues with MTH HO Scale locomotives, and mentioned that same thing to them, Turns out I was asked if I’d do the work to make them more “regular” DCC then the MTH set-up…… Plus $150 is a bit much to dump into something, a LOT of the time seems to be there issue, not the consumer!

    ANYWAY, Yes, I’d go the more conventional “regular” DCC route to lessen the $$$$$ burden! -I myself, have taken one of the early made SD70ACe’s and totally made it DC Cab Control (as I run mostly older stuff), I just can’t justify the cost involved with DCC so…. I stayed in DC cab control because of the sheer size of my collection….. The MTH works GREAT in DC Cab Control now without a problem!

  26. excellent detail Greg
    nice layout
    yeh the waterfall is awesome
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  27. Jerry Suits says:

    Amazing waterfall! Fantastic layout!

  28. mike richardson says:

    Great layout. Very impressive detail. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Allan Blossom says:

    overall layout track plan please .

  30. Brad says:

    Terrific water work!!! I would add some people,but otherwise lookin good!!!

  31. Jim says:

    Great looking layout. Nice details with the water features. Being partial to the desert, l really appreciate your modeling skills in that area of your layout.

    Jim AZ

  32. Art Jones says:

    I have one MTH engine that has their supposed DCC decoder. I find it very difficult to operate the engine and I am considering replacing the factory decoder.


  33. John Reynolds says:

    Beautiful work.
    Many great scenes.
    As to MTH… — I actually have two and a Bachman Shay that I am thinking on pulling the electronics on and making straight DC analogue units out of them.
    Several reasons for this…. Biggest one is that the noise/sound unit in the MTH loco is annoying to me and disrupts operation when I am switching. ON the Bachmann, the decoder fried and I do not use it anyway.
    John from Cali

  34. Tim Haas says:

    Hi Brent,
    Excellent work on the entire layout. I do agree with another commenter that I wish people would add a picture of their entire layout…the big picture like you are walking up to it, I think it adds a more complete point of view. Thanks for sharing and again excellent work!

  35. Brian Rockey says:

    Absolutely stunning landscaping around the lake and waterfall – one of the best that I have seen. Also, very nice rock faces by the tunnel. Excellent work!

  36. Ian McDonald says:

    Amazing photos. unbelievable scenery. Thanks for sharing.

  37. David Schaffner says:

    Awesome layout, Love so much of it, the ghost town is so cool. Also like the dark rock formations and the tunnel out of a ridge or mesa…..Well done. Very imaginative.

  38. Howard Parrett says:

    Very nice layout. Best waterfall I have seen. Would like to know how you made it, please.

  39. Deon Joubert says:

    Hi Brent
    Wow I really must say I am impressed. Well done. your rock formations are really well made also. Keep up the enthusiasm or should I say zeal.

  40. bill collins says:

    Great job. I see you have some of the woodland scenic buildings that I have. I usually pick mine up at swap meets or occasionally on ebay at about 1/2 price or less. Add some people and bring the layout to life ! Excellent work.

  41. Andy in Yakima says:

    If you look around, you will see many people in these scenes. I particularly like the guys pushing the car into the gas station, and the folks in the park. Did the lady fall down in front of City Hall? Oh, and the wedding couple at church is a nice touch.

  42. Kevin Ching says:

    Hi Brent love the scenes especially the water they look so real and the waterfall is so great

  43. Brian Rockey says:

    Wow Brent, that rolling scenery and water work is spectacular! Some of the best I’ve seen. Very realistic.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK.

  44. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Hi Brent Great layout water feature really well done. However you have made the same, in my opinion, mistake as many other layout builders do. Have you ever seen a town or road with square corners to the junctions. All roads have even a small radius at the road junctions. I think rounding of the corners would make a great layout , outstanding.

  45. Very nice Brent you have the touch!

  46. Robert Brady says:

    Brent,Great Diorama but where’s the trains?By the way your water scenes are realistic good job.
    The Critic

  47. Nick Keep says:

    Great scenery from Brent, the missus particularly like the waterfall and a brilliant video from Dave, just goes to show, that when you think you’re finished with a build, there is always something to upgrade 🙂

  48. Bob Cassidy says:

    i just don’t get it. Dave builds these fantastic layouts and all of a sudden they get torn up and something else that is also fantastic is built. He must spend thousands on track and supplies. Myself, i just would not have the patience for that. What ever makes you happy Dave.

  49. Roger Lanouette says:

    Thanks for posting. Great pictures. Especially liked the Autumn effects

  50. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Brent…..great job……I particularly love your mountains…..and the detail at the lake scene Is great……… The desert town was a nice touch…….

  51. Lester W Larrew in Georgia USA says:

    About the square corners, the town in which I grew up in Kansas USA had square corners in both the downtown area and the residential areas. The blocks were very rectangular in both places

  52. Bob Bouskill says:

    Great job on waterfall

  53. Will in NM says:

    Brent, Beautiful layout! I especially liked the desert ghost town and the waterfall. I too would like some wide angle photos that show the whole layout and/or a copy of the track plan so we can better appreciate the overall picture and how the individual scenes relate to the whole.

    Dave, You never cease to amaze me. I don’t think I would ever be able to summon the courage to take a sledge hammer to a completed layout as nice as yours. But then that’s probably why I’m still working on my first layout 23 years after I started building it and still haven’t got any trains running … 🙂

  54. Jon says:

    Brent, I too would like to see your overall layout and the transition between the sandy, desert portion and the greener side of your layout.

  55. Timothy Morlok says:

    One comment on square corners on roads: If you drive thru the U.S. Midwest on county roads most corners make square turns because they follow the section lines – can’t be encroaching on a framers land.

  56. David Ryder says:

    Brent, I too would like to see your overall layout and the transition between the sandy, desert portion and the greener side of your layout. But also, a track plan and an overall photo would be wonderful. From what I can see, you’ve done a great job!

  57. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Layout ! How u do it is all that matters and that u enjoy it! well done!! Dont listen to the Critic,

  58. JW Snyder says:

    Very nice, I especially like the lake cottage and the pier. Nicely done!

  59. James Malins says:

    Just repeating what many others have already said that waterfall scene is great. I think looking up the valley gives the whole scene so much more of an impact. For me the use of a more contemporary bridge with obviously older period infrastructure gives even more subtle ‘reality’ to the whole view.
    Inspirational. Well Done

  60. Richard says:

    Wow !!! One of the best attention to detail setup I’ve seen. Bravo !!

  61. Gerald Edgar says:

    Best waterfall ever!

  62. Erick says:

    Look pretty kool.!!!!!!! I only hope mine turns out that good.

  63. Terry Miller says:

    Everyone loves the waterfall and so do I. But here’s an idea: continue the visual water stream back to the wall window and make it look as if the water is coming through the window from outside the building!!

    Terry/Idaho USA

  64. Joe says:

    I agree also with the waterfall and the valley scene. Some fantastic work!
    I don’t know how you do it Dave, but keep doing it we all enjoy your skills. Where do you find the time and patience for what you do?
    Thank you!

  65. Patrick Talley says:

    The only thing this layout is missing is a video with some trains running…

  66. Daniel says:

    I love the spartan design . Not too busy just amazing!!!!!
    Keep up the great work!!

  67. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Brent Outstanding Job!!

  68. Fantastic layout with great scenery. I liked the out post desert scene. Great job!!!

  69. william james palmer says:


  70. Dave in AZ says:

    Your desert scene is obviously in the Sonoran desert as thar is the only place the Saguaro cactus grows naturally. Great layout and the waterfall is fantastic.

  71. Ralph Menweg says:

    Love your work ! Great detail. Could you comment on how you made the waterfall ? The vertical drop looks very realistic.

  72. Steve Ruple says:

    Excellent layout and awesome scenery. I really liked the dark rock detail on the mountains and the waterfall is fantastic, well done !!!!!!!!!

  73. robert dale tiemann says:

    cool. love the waterfall. my cousin has a real one on his, has to seal everything, and has had to replace the motor a couple of times over the years but, it never leaks. very good terrain.

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