HO scale maintenance of way car – Dan’s

Dan’s been in touch with his HO scale maintenance of way car:

“Decided to finish the tool car before sending it to you.

Was stalled with paint issues, but yesterday I got the right primer that looks to be setting up just fine. The black tender body wasn’t liking the product I was using before.

Here is one view, Al. The shed portion is glued down, but the rest is just resting on the chassis.

Added some tool boxes/bin for some interest. Most of what you see here will be blue, except for the shed roof, which will be a silver grey.

Once painted and secured, next will be the added the ladders and some railings. I think it will come pretty close to the prototype.

HO scale maintenance of way car

Here is a side view. Sides will be grey silver bottom, with the blue upper portion, with the requisite yellow striping either side of the blue field. Should have put my windows in first, but got some stuff yesterday that will create window panes. Picked up a cheepie Life Like search lite car, but won’t wait for that to be done before I send you my piece. The copy is 90% done.

I really enjoyed Dangerous Dave and Debi’s train exploit. I had to research where that was in England. The cathedral ruins were part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I understand.

Will “git it to yer” as soon as I can.

HO scale maintenance of way car


You don’t see many HO scale maintenance of way cars on layouts – or any scale come to that. But they add so much interest to a layout.

Not long ago, Hank got in touch.

He showed us how lack of space should never stop you having fun (you can see his post here).

Well, he’s been kind enough to send in a few more pics:

“Hi Al,

really like your site have gotten many great ideas from it. I do have some of your printable buildings but have not made many as yet. I shake too as a result of RA but I refuse to let that stop me.

You asked if I had any more pics so here you go. Many of my vehicles are built from kitsch. I hope you will enjoy them.

I think that I have finally solved my leaky basement problem so now it’s time for bench work to begin.

Thanks Hank.

BTW all of it is HO scale.”

HO scale factory

HO street scene

HO scale street scene

HO scale building pack

HO buiding

HO scale apartment

HO scale factory

As always a big thanks to Dan for sharing his HO scale maintenance of way car, and to Hank who isn’t going to let a few aches and pains stop him. Good man.

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.

8 Responses to HO scale maintenance of way car – Dan’s

  1. Blimey, a HO scale nuke attack! the spray cans survived, all that soil saved the tunnels but all the track was blown out, poor you, where to start?

  2. Robert Brady says:

    that’s it?I’d like to see completed painted tool car.

  3. Robert Brady says:

    you have to wash and soft brush plastic models with warm soap and water before painting.I learned the hard way.

  4. Ray McColl says:

    Where does Dave get his back scenes from, they look fabulous

  5. Mike Childs says:

    Dave, Your”re amazing.. You frightened me for a moment as I thought the suspension bridges would be gone as I always enjoy seeing them, but it sounds like you’re just relocating them. It”s always a pleasure to watch your videos. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  6. George says:

    I enjoy looking at Dave’s videos. Unfortunately I seem to understand only about a third of what he has to say and, therefore, feel I am missing out on a lot of good info.

  7. someone asked re the Suspension bridges , they are from Skaledale collection at Hornby …a lot cvan be found on ebay ..

  8. anthoney king says:

    WOW, Dave, those new Back scenes look really good looking Great and you talked about the viaducts well Hornby have re-released them and you can now buy them brand new lol
    Just shows how good they was in the first place

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