Brian’s HOn3 layout update

Hall of fame member Brian has been back in touch.

(His last post is here if you want to catch up.)

“Hi Al,

Below are cardboard mock-ups for the new extended waterfront.

HO buildings cardboard mock ups

An HO 3D printed, assembled and painted fork lift truck recently completed.

HO scale forklift

The waterfront extension under construction.

HOn3 shelf layout

As can be seen in this view, the extension starts from just beyond my current harbour and will go around to the other side where the waterfront will be.

As said before, I have more that enough boats (more than I need) and will be floating them on the water once I get closer to completion.

HOn3 model railroad

Here we can also see a section of the upper level where the video was taken running from left to right.

HOn3 crane

The crew of loggers on a Mcgiffert log loader are waiting for log cars to be loaded and shipped by rail to the sawmill.

HOn3 crane

A smoke break before the hard work begins.

Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”









Now on to Wayne, who is still cracking on with his layout:

“Good evening Al.

I havn’t left on my trip yet, but real soon.

My time has been devided between getting the bike and gear ready, and trying to get as much done on the layout as I can before I leave.

I should be laying plaster on them there hills tomorrow.

Old biker Wayne”

foam for mountains

foam mountain model railroad

foam for model railroad mountain

plaster on foam for model railroad mountain

model train foam mountain

model train track foam mountain

(Wayne’s last post is here.)

A big thanks to Brian and Wayne.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.

PPS Have you had a look at the forum? Need a question answered? Just ask!

11 Responses to Brian’s HOn3 layout update

  1. Absolutely stunning Brian, can’t wait to see future expansion.

    Wayne, great to see the progress.

  2. Rod says:

    Brian, I spy what looks like an Ivatt C12 tank engine on the top shelf, there must be an interesting story about how that came to be there?

  3. Greg Schaefer says:

    Beautiful work Brian. Wish the video was longer. Is the lower level running?

  4. Bill McCourt says:

    wow, That log loader looks like a real home made contraption. Fascinating! Nice work , Sir!

  5. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Brian……what a fantastic train room…..great work……I love the detail on your scenes, especially the log loader and the detail and weathering on you locos.
    Really really a great job.

  6. Erick says:

    Pretty Neat.!!!!

  7. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Wayne Your layout is coming along. I think your last photo shows one of our other readers tips about cover your track before you plaster. It looks like you’ve dropped some on the track right upon the turnout. Even more difficult to clean up.

  8. JoeS-ME says:

    Bryan, if I may ask — what 3d printer are you using to make all of the interesting buildings and figures?

  9. Brian Messenger says:

    Answers to:-
    Rod, a friend who lives in the same complex as me, models British’0’ gauge and this is a static non powered model that he gave me as a gift, simple as that.
    Greg, I plan on making a video of my log train with double headed Heislers running right around the top level of the layout in the near future.
    Bill, the log loader is assembled from a Rio Grande models white metal kit.
    JoeS, I do not have a 3D printer, I have a friend in a town close by (60kms away) that prints them for me. I give him links to files from Thingieverse (free) of what I want printed and he calls me when they are ready for collection and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

  10. Brian Messenger says:

    Answer to Greg’s second question.
    The lower level has all the track in place to the middle section behind the Pelican Bay freight terminal building. It is all wired but the points do not have the Blue Point motors added. That will be the next project.

  11. Frank says:

    A bookshelf railroad is often the design that allows someone to have a model railroad despite limited space. But you have 3 levels and it’s amazing to see how much railroad mileage you have in such a small amount of physical space.

    Frank in Orlando

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