“Hi Al, I have been busy building my NEW HOn3 double deck layout. Hope to have track as well as scenery on the upper level done by December.
This is a panoramic view of my layout so far. Must paint the blue sky between the levels and will be ready to lay track. Note the ‘moon’, top centre. When the main lights are switched off, the blue light gives the effect of night for nighttime operating sessions. There will be LED strip lights under the top blue valance as well as under the middle green valances to give more light on the layout itself.
There have been so many great tips on your site over the years.
At the moment my best tip would be to give your railroad a life, an existence with a story.
My basement layout in Large scale which you were so kind to post pictures back a couple years is called the Rural Montana Branch Lines.
It came into being because rural Montana was not being served by BNSF anymore. so a large group of investors, ranchers, lawyers etc decided to buy up all of the abandoned right a ways while still possible to use and built a network again to connect all of rural Montana and feed out to BNSF on their mainline routes.
They bought up a mixture of old equipment and refurbished it(justifying most any rolling stock and loks to be mixed together).
I can go on and on. some of my towns are dedicated to friends living and those that have passed on. Junxville dedicated to my friend and Pastor who passed away. He salvaged to make extra income . Tea Pot Junction dedicated to our favorite grade school cook retired, now she has a cafe at Tea Pot Junction serving coffee and the greatest of pies. Then there is the town of Ubet. A tiny dusty old town out in the middle of Montana that was dying off, the town people got their heads together and decided to turn the town into a living history museum/town to attract tourists so they brought in several old buildings to adjoin an old railroad warehouse that they turned into a giant museum building. Then there is Klein Mt built into the rocks literally, stores built into bluffs with wood store fronts. Etc
This adds life and character and zest to any railroad big or tiny. all of my towns have justified the actual lack of space one way or another by building a story with history behind it. Lots of fun.
I hope this is a worthy tip for someone out there.
Hardin Mt USA”
A big thanks to Brian and Dick. I think Dick is spot on with his tips – the layouts that always get the most comments and views all seem to have a back story, whether real or imaginary. And besides, it makes your layout a lot more fun too.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to get going on your own layout story, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Sill updates daily!