Colin’s HO layout

“Hello Alastair

A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet the lady that would eventually become my wife. With this romance came the dreaded meeting of her father. Luckily we both share a passion for model trains.

Building on that connection we have shared many hours with his HO layout.

I model in N-Gauge, as you have shown before, and Colin in HO. But with these differences put aside, we have simply enjoyed our hobby.

Colin does not follow a particular prototype, but puts down trains that he enjoys from all corners of the globe, including Australia, where we reside.

Colin’s layout has evolved over the years, graduating from small shed to large and like all great efforts has never really been finished. Recently Colin retired and set about a major overhaul of the electrics and scenery of the layout, including the expansion of one loop of track. I was honoured to be invited to share my knowledge and skills to help this veteran of the hobby. (It should be noted that he let me marry his daughter before he let me touch his trains. hehe. )

As Colin is a life long electrician, the layout wiring is is a high quality industrial standard, all highly organised and professional.

Over the years, the original flocking grass has faded in the Australian heat to a plain brown, so much of that needed relaying, as did the roads and some new buildings. Starting with a clean slate, the entire town was pulled up and re=laid. The old stick town pond was replaced by a routed out one filled with resin, the station was spruced up and the church was added, along with cemetery and funeral.

The old plastic trees were pulled up and new trees and terrain were added, including a few new hills and cuttings.
Slowly and surely an whole new layout evolved.

while the layout is still not finished, it is currently in one piece. I thought I would share with you what it looks like now.

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Along with the photos, there is a video here.



Regards
Grant & Colin,
South Australia.”


A wonderful narrative from Grant. Thanks for sharing you two!

And thanks for all the kind comments on the guide, I really do appreciate them.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

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

18 Responses to Colin’s HO layout

  1. John G says:

    That’s a great layout…what I really like is that the roads are correctly proportioned for the vehicles, that is they are WIDE. Too many layouts cram a tiny road loaded with trucks and buses which would have absolutely no chance of negotiating the bends or passing one another. I know we are building railway layouts but if there are roads take care on proportions.

  2. graham says:

    great to see a a ho /oo layout ,and in particular an australian one , good job my oo hornby 3 rail has been in progress for about 50 years , started on a 2 rail small version 2400 mm x 1200 mm this year for grandson , he had his first run today , could not keep him away from it
    graham
    queensland

  3. alan says:

    its is very nice

  4. Rob says:

    The trains are running way over scale speed which detracts from the otherwise well made layout.

  5. tom taylor says:

    very good layout, i’m an N guage novelist i do agree that the speed was to high, but thanks for the look see and as always i get ideads for myself.
    Tom

  6. Rev Steven P. Eggum says:

    Colin,
    I appreciated your layout on all levels , scenery, detail, captivating human elements ( burial ceremony ) , and video .

    As a retired Pastor & electrical engineer, I appreciate the attention to 1st class circuitry.
    Yes, the trains may be negotiating layout way beyond scale speed, but the craftsmanship in lay-down allows the trains to run at these ‘super speeds’.
    Kudos to You !!!

    Steve

  7. wow nice pike
    Grant and Colin have done a great job
    detail is excellent and according to the video… it RUNS!!!!
    keep ’em runnin’ fellas….

  8. joe says:

    really nice layout guys
    i just bought my own house and built a platform in the basement over winter ,, but when summer hit i have been to busy out side and doing home improvements to get any further on the layout :(, but when i do ill be looking at yours and many others that ( Al ) has provided for us all to see, thanks for sharing guys you’ve giving me new inspiration for this winter 🙂

  9. paul Otway says:

    nice layouts you 2.

    A family that has model railways to play with, stays together.

  10. Richard Sappelli says:

    Thaat is really a wonderful layout with plenty of scenery and action.
    One comment from a former football video camera man is when you pan – go from right to left and back again – please go slowly as you then will be able to view the scene focused and in more detail. Only comment so please excuse me
    But i enjoyed the layout and hope you give us more.
    Thanks, RJ
    PS –
    I taught science at a high school in Nj and filmed our football games for 17 years using 16 mm film as well as video and did a lot of panning .

  11. Barry says:

    Hi Grant & Colin, great layout. I to am a retired electrician, and live in Goolwa, South Australia, would like to catch up and see the layout in person. You can send me an email if you like.

    Barry

  12. Ross Johnston says:

    Really enjoyed your video of your layout. Can you make a longer one so I can get a clear idea of your layout. What are its dimensions and what is the radius of the loop by the garage door. I’m about to start on my layout in a 5.8 x 5.3 shed so I’m very binterested in layout designs. Well done! Rossco Adelaide SA

  13. Chris Goodman says:

    Very nice layout and control panel. what are the red and black knobs for on the control panel? Cheers, Chris

  14. Ralph says:

    Great layout
    The beaut thing about railways in Australia is that there are locomotives built by everyone from Bayer Peacock to Baldwin and English Electric to GM so it doesn’t matter what you run on your layout it would have been used somewhere.

  15. Grant says:

    I have come back to answer some of the questions posted above.

    I will try and go back and make another better video. With more snapshots added in. Thanks for the ask.
    In regards to the control panel Chris, the points are all on quick motors, the black buttons all change the points to “Main Line” while red changes to “sidings”. The silver switches are independent power control to isolate the sections. The whole layout is DC.

    Regards
    Grant.

  16. Rich Fath says:

    nice job. A while back I went to a local open house, they too had a grave yard scene, only theirs had the coffin in a hole in the ground, with several mourners and a Grim Reaper looking on lurking behind some bushes. Needles to say that club had a sense of humor.

  17. Tom says:

    Trains are running too FAST.

  18. Cary B says:

    Great looking layouts. In 1968 my father in law got me interested in model railroading as I helped he with benchwork an made a mountain scene with scraps of foam board from job sites he worked on.

    Cary

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