HO scale industrial layout – Carlos’s

Carlos has been in touch with his HO scale industrial layout.

He’s a man of few words, but the pics speak for themselves:

“Hi Alastair,

I live in Portugal (oporto) and I and another friend, we are builing a layout in HO. If you don’t mind, I send some pictures about the layout progress.

Kind regards


HO coal crane

HO scale Industrial layout

HO steam train

HO scale industrial layout street scene

HO logging train

HO layout night time scene

HO scale industrial layout night time scene

HO scale layout

HO scale layout coach station

A big thanks to Carlos – he’s taken some fab pictures of his HO scale industrial layout. Can’t wait to see the progress pics for this one.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, just like Carlos did, 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.

87 Responses to HO scale industrial layout – Carlos’s

  1. Ed Martin says:

    Very nice Carlos

  2. Steve Lewis says:



    North Wales UK

  3. lynn says:

    Very nice layout in progress, Carlos.
    I particularly liked the “Golden Arches” McDonalds. I never gave a thought about McDonalds being in Portugal.

  4. Cary B says:

    Nice looking layout Carlos. Cary B

  5. don blackmore says:

    Good job,keep going! Don Idaho, USA

  6. Bill Zurbrugg says:

    Love the street lights

  7. Frank S. Virginia, USA says:


    All I can say is WOW. Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  8. Bruce says:

    Carlos, I think you have made a wonderful beginning for your layout. It would be great if you posted the track plan to show overall layout.
    Bruce SC USA

  9. Eric says:

    Impressive modelling, almost lifelike.
    Eric (Leeds) UK

  10. Frank Cortese says:

    Molto bem! I congratulate you on a fine job!
    Frank, near Mickey Mouse, Orlando

  11. Bob says:

    Very nice layout. Everything looks very real! I especially like the lighting affects. Well done.

    Austin, TX

  12. Walter .... Greenlawn, Long Island, NY says:

    Would like to see an overall photo of the entire layout….and maybe a video of the trains running…….otherwise looks great!

  13. Ted Rothstein says:

    Beautiful work!

  14. Peter Gladman says:

    Love the coaling stage, what does the tower behind it represent?
    Pete, (Isle of Wight) UK


    Well done… the Arches are everywhere.
    We loved our time spent in Portugal.
    Thanks for contributing….. 👍
    Sheldon, Phoenix USA

  16. Dionisis says:

    Very nice job!!Many likes!!Keep modelling Carlos!!

  17. Don Jennings says:

    Carlos Look like a nice layout. I like the street light in front of every other “home”
    Keep up the good work. Don J

  18. James Sulkosky says:

    Nice layout, keep up the great work.

  19. Mike Wilson says:

    Very nice work there Carlos.
    Thanks to your pictures, I will now go ahead and buy the yard lights that I found on Ebay.
    Keep up the great work and if possible please show the complete track plan.

    Mike South Australia

  20. Kevin McArdle says:

    Beautiful work Carlos, and great attention to detail and realism.

  21. David Hannan says:

    Very impressive! Thank you for sharing your layout. Would love to see a track plan and some layout measurements.

  22. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Looks great,could post a track plan?


  23. Warren Ferguson says:

    Great work, Carlos. I love the coaling station. Warren, AL, USA

  24. Joe Merickel says:

    Beautifully done layout. Great work

  25. Thomas Murphy says:

    All the best to you Carlos. Your work shows pride and thoughtfulness.
    Regards, Tom (USA)

  26. Peter Evangel says:

    Love this. Modern autos, modern trains, “old” time McDonald’s with the Golden Arches!!!! Very cool. Love night shot with the background. gives the impression of a foggy night.

    Pete Sunny Calif.

  27. Minnesota Dan says:

    Que Bueno , Carlos. (sorry Portuguese is not in my roundhouse so to speak)
    You have done great work. Especially noteworthy is the coal crane (not seen that modeled before) and the 10 ? sided tower by the roundhouse.

    Keep em coming.

    Dan, Minnesota USA

  28. Peter says:

    I was in Oporto last September, it was wonderful. I just wish I’d known about you then! Nice work on the layout.

  29. excellent work Carlos
    detail is superb…
    where did you find the McDonalds structure?
    how kooool is that??
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in Long Beach Calif

  30. Mike Richardson says:

    Carlos, you have a very impressive layout. So beautiful and such detail. Keep up the great work

  31. Brad says:

    Love the night shots-very realistic start.Should be a great layout when completed(although they never really ARE HAHA) Keep on trainin!!

  32. Miguel Begonha says:

    Very good job uncle Carlos. You are the best.

  33. Marklin ed says:

    Carlos what train manufacturer are you using on your layout. Great night lights and coal crane what make is it.

  34. Terry ketcham says:

    Like those trees, who makes them ?

  35. Jim says:

    Very good looking and realistic layout. Some great sections with great detail and effects. Love the lit areas too. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  36. Dan Brown says:

    Great job. Are those models of Portuguese locomotives and freight cars.

  37. Barry says:

    Wow! Carlos, a wonderful layout!

  38. Very nice Carlos , keep the pics. coming so we can see or work to the end !
    Be well and stay safe Sir !
    Alistair is there any new stuff in the pipes for the buildings ?
    also how is John doing ?

  39. Bob Martin says:

    Enjoyed the pictures , you’re working on a great layout .

  40. Carl Mandernacht says:

    Carlos’ layout is great! Every day in every way your subscribers, and many others, remind us of what a wonderful hobby ” trainery” is. It reaches around the world!

  41. Antony says:

    Nice work guys. Keep at it. Would like to see some more aerial shots, particularly of sheds, and a track plan.
    Best wishes.

  42. Rob Shuman says:

    Great work and great detail. Keep it going!
    Rob NJ/US

  43. Peter Stilts says:

    Your attention to detail does you proud. Well done.

  44. Peter Stilts says:

    You have obviously put a lot of hard work into your set as the attention to the small details do you proud.
    Well done and keep at it.

  45. Marty says:

    Love you layout !! Wow its great. The McDonald Golden arches are wonderful, yours is from the old McDonald’s building’s.

  46. Franco says:

    Carlos & friend,

    I was looking at your coaling station. You did an excellent job with everything there. Did I see a partial image of a roundtable & engine house? If you do have one on your layout, I would like to see more of it.

    Good job over all! You can be very proud of your layout!

  47. Mal says:

    Great Job

    North Wales, UK

  48. Patrick Cancilla says:

    Very nice work, the apartment block with night lights is very nice. I’m going to use some of your ideas in my layout. Thank you. Keep us posted

  49. tom in az says:

    You and your friend are going to be pro`s, if this is you first layout your doing great. Tom in Payson AZ

  50. Dwight R Jensen says:


  51. Richard Sommery-Gade says:

    Excellent !

  52. Joe says:

    Carlos, your skills speak for themselves. This is truly an excellent job of setting the scene, and creating the mood. You and your friend should be very proud of of your work.

    I am quite sure Alastair does not mind sharing your wonderful pics, thereby bringing the world much closer together. I look forward to your next posting.

    KeyNO Ranch Holdings, Inc
    Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA

  53. Michael Hoover says:

    Very nice!

  54. Chris says:

    Very nice layout

  55. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Carlos Although I live in Scotland I have a residential property in Lagos a place I have visited for over 40 years. This year because of the pandemic I have not been able to visit. You layout reminds me of the colours and buildings in Portugal which I miss so much. A really nice layout. Please keep us updated.
    And in my best Portuguese
    Carlos Embora eu moro na Escócia, tenho um imóvel residencial em Lagos, um local que visitei há mais de 40 anos. Este ano, devido à pandemia que não pude visitar. O seu layout lembra-me as cores e os edifícios em Portugal de que tanto sinto falta. Um layout muito bom. Mantenha-nos atualizados, por favor.

  56. Karl Gruca says:

    great pics, they give me idea for my layout

  57. Kirk says:

    Many fine details, Carlos…I especially liked the timber loads…very realistic…probably the best I have seen. Keep up the great work and please send more!
    Kirk in Jax, Fl.

  58. Sam Miller says:

    Carlos, many thanks for sharing. Very realistic scenes you’ve created! Excellent details….
    Reading your post reminds me of our trip 2 yrs ago to Porto. What a pleasant, beautiful city… we want to return and savor more of the people and culture!

  59. Patrick Talley says:

    Please send us some videos…

  60. Carlo’s
    great layout,love the mcdonalds and the lights

  61. Robert Brady says:

    COLIN!,really? Nice job Carlos.
    The Critic
    bom trabalho!

  62. Bob says:

    Great detail Carlos! I hope to get to that level some day. Looks real!

  63. Marklin ed says:

    Great Carlos needs some people, that’s all it needs. Everything else looks great

  64. Ruben Simon says:

    So real! Excellent work!

  65. Bill in Virginia says:

    Great looking layout Carlos. You are your friend are doing a wonderful job on it 👍🏼👍🏼

  66. alfredo pacifici says:

    Excellent job !!!!!!!! Beautiful layout !!!!! Good job Carlos

  67. Nice layout!! Some very good work there!!

  68. Carlos,
    Very nicely done! If it wasn’t for you and your friend building this, and showing it off to the world, I would have never know that in another country, another railroad I’d born!!
    Congratulations!! Very nicely done!!

  69. Steve Joyce says:

    Lots of Auhagen buildings… got a ton on my layout as well. Nice work

  70. John Felty says:

    Nice job, Carlos…wish I had the room for industrial buildings and sidings.
    Perhaps some day…🛤

  71. Fast Eddie says:

    Fantastic, Layout I’d like to see more when you get to the final stages..
    Really a good looking layout

  72. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Layout!! Well Done!

  73. Susumu says:

    Wow. I can’t tell if this is a real thing or a model. So realistic!! This is the first time I am sending my piece to you, Al. But every one of your displays sent is spectacular!!

  74. Daniel says:

    Looks great!!!!

  75. James Rickell says:

    Beautiful job of landscaping, use of colours is well thought out!

  76. Will in NM says:

    Carlos and friend, You’ve made a great start on your layout. I especially liked the little park in front of the McDonalds restaurant and your steam locomotive photo. Your night time photographs were also very nice. Thank you for sharing your progress with us and please send more photos (or a video) when you can. It’s so nice to see this is such a global hobby enjoyed in many countries. And thank you Alistair for making this global sharing of ideas possible.

  77. Bob Amling says:

    Great job Carlos! I especially like the water scene. What did you use for
    R the way?

    Bob in Colts Neck Crossing NJ

  78. DJfromNJ says:

    Great work, Carlos.
    Please include a track plan with your next update.
    Yeah, the Mickey D’s was a crowd pleaser.

  79. Joseph Boyle says:

    I like your layout very well done. It is interesting how different the ideas are from around the world.

  80. Alabama Mike says:

    Carlos, a great layout. Very beautiful and detailed. I look forward to seeing more pictures and info of your layout.

  81. Christopher Clarkson says:

    Your layout knocks me off my feet! I love how realistic your layout looks. I’d love to have a layout of my own. I love trains, and I think your layout’s the bomb!

  82. Rich B. says:

    Top notch here. Scenery, not the trains make this almost lifelike. One thing noticed is buildings aren’t all new and shiny plastic with appearance. I used to give them a very light (not too aggressive) sandblasting. Note here is that it would immediately add a dulled, weathered look and any extra glue mistakes would be removed also. Something about the hardness of what’s being blasted.

    One of the old timers said you can over do these things with too much detail. Just makes things way too busy and things actually deteriorate from then on (aren’t exact words of coarse).Not with today’s showing, things are just right. Pleasure to see such sights are still out there…

    Regards, R

  83. Rocco Maley says:

    Carlos and Friend, You have done a wonderful job on your layout. Really would like to see a picture of your track plan. Great work. One other question, Do they have many hobby stores in Portugal? I was in the Azores (with belongs to Portugal) many years ago and I do not remember seeing any hobby stores. Of course that is about a thousand miles from Portugal, but i thought that they may of had some. Just wondering. Don’t forget the track plan. Rocco from northern NJ USA.

  84. Kevin McArdle says:

    Car.is, great work. What you need now is the faller car system, and get some vehicles moving on your layout.

  85. Mike Balog says:

    Hi Carlos:
    Beautiful Detailed Layout. Can you post a drawing and overview of your layout? and perhaps a Video of the Trains Running? All you need is a Painted or a Photo background.

    For Dan and Others… that Hexagon (Multisided) Tower is a WATER TOWER for steam locomotives.,,, you can tell as there is as tall “Water Spout” fed by a pipe underground to the Water Tower.

    Again.. Great Layout Carlos…. from Mike in N.H. USA.

  86. Steve Ruple says:

    Awesome scenery ideas, love the coaling section. I would like to see an overall view of your layout, looks great.

  87. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice job. i like the lighting.

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