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.
Along with the photos, there is a video here.
Grant & Colin,
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.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.