HOn3 shelf model railroad – Brian’s

Brian’s been back in touch with his HOn3 shelf model railroad.

“Hi Alastair,

Don’t think that I have sent these videos to before (if I have, call it old timers disease) and ignore them.

The first one is one is of a short run of my 2-6-6-2 locomotive running through log camp 4 on its way to Cascade Creek terminal on my HOn3 layout.

Next is a 3 truck Shay (logging locomotive) pulling a fully loaded log train to the yard for sorting and then on to the sawmill on my HOn3 Cascade Creek layout.

Last one is of my turntable now operational. It is an “n” scale Heljan turntable modified to HOn3. Will need to finish it of properly with detail added.


The HOn3 guy”

HOn3 shelf model railroad

HOn3 shelf model railroad

HOn3 shelf model train

Brian’s HOn3 shelf layout really does look fun – very much looking forward to seeing it come along.

Now on to Hank:

“Hi Al,

I have never posted to your website before.

I am in the unfortunate position of not being able to build my layout yet as the house I live in has a basement that leaks everywhere after it rains. Fortunately it is a rental and my wife and I are looking for a house to buy.

I will not let that stop me though, as you can see I am building new scenes for when I do build another layout.

The next one will be layout number 4 and get more complex every time.

The next one is going in a 2 a d a half car garage.if anyone enjoys this I will send in more.I have many scenes ready to go. I like to build the scenes and then build the layout around them.

Thanks for having a look.


(click image to enlarge)

HO scale diorama

A huge thanks to Brian for sharing his HOn3 shelf model railroad, and to Hank too.

I really like what Hank has done – and it just goes to show yet again, that lack of space – or a bit of rain – should never stop you having fun.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, 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.

12 Responses to HOn3 shelf model railroad – Brian’s

  1. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    great work in a small space

  2. Mike Street says:

    Great little cameo scene, and it’s a good idea to build scenes like this if you haven’t got room to build your dream layout yet.

  3. David A. Massimi says:

    Two good ones today ! I would definitely like to see more of Hank’s work and really enjoyed the brief glimpses of Brian’s layout…please, more of both !

  4. KIRK BREAKEY says:

    Hank…what a great idea! I also currently do not have room for a layout, but I certainly have shelf space to display scenes as you have done. Thank you for the inspiration and please send in more photos.

  5. Frank Goodman says:

    Hank-looks good, keep us updated. Brian-always look forward to your postings, great as usual. You have a great talent. I am green with envy, Frank G.

  6. Tom says:

    The Shay looks very cool, I’ve bee on the one’s on Cass Railways

  7. Patrick Talley says:

    Hank; Please send more. Great detail…

  8. Svet says:

    Brilliant video ,love it ,have never seen the steam loco`s model ,great one ,I think it`s an American one ,a good idea of planting the rees like those ,looks wonderful ,thank you very much for sharing

  9. Bill says:

    Great work. Question. Where did you get the wigwam burner ?

  10. Brian Messenger says:

    The Sawdust (wigwam) burner kit is made by JV Models in the USA. There are others by different manufacturers but I found that this one was the best. Thanks.
    The HOn3 guy 🇿🇦

  11. Jack Eyster says:

    Love the shelf scene Hank. Brian, love those Shay’s, and are they brass, or MDC?

    Thanks for posting

  12. Brian Messenger says:

    Hi Jack, thanks for the compliment. The Shays are brass from Westside models. Brian
    The HOn3 guy 🇿🇦

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