Model railroad table – Dean’s update

Dean’s been busy on his Model railroad table – have a look at what he’s done:

“Hi Al, greetings from Dean in New Mexico.

Here’s my latest set of photos and a video on my construction of the Scenic Ridge Railroad.

A recent shoulder replacement has slowed me down a bit, but fortunately I had a number of photos and videos saved up for my series.

So, I’ve been catching up on the smaller videos. This one covers the construction of a lightweight but strong support model railroad table that I built to hold the railroad layout.

It’s on small casters so I can easily move it around to work on, or to photograph, the layout.

The table is built with four L-girders, which has been around for many years. I first saw it in Lynn Wescott’s classic book, “HO Railroad that Grows” that I found in 1960. I spent many hours poring over this book, and it taught me a lot about what I know about model railroad construction. Used copies of the book can still be found on Amazon.

I don’t know who first used the L-girder, but many model railroads have been built with it.

The L-girder consists of two narrow pieces of lumber, glued and screwed together. It makes a very straight, rigid, but lightweight structure.

The design of this table is very versatile, and a similar table could be constructed for sizes up to about four feet by 8 feet.

It’s cheaper than using things like hollow-core doors. Here are some photos showing the construction of the table.

HO scale model railroad table

HO layout model railway table

joints for HO scale model railroad table

HO scale bench

Model railroad table

HO model railroad table

I made a video that talks about the construction in much more detail:

My next construction video, which I hope to get out in about a week, will cover Outer Supports and Fascia Boards, Bridges, and Tunnel Portals. Stay tuned.


A big thanks to Dean. Looking forward to his next installment – it’s really taking shape.

I know a few of you are having problems with the mails at the mo, so if you’ve missed any during the week here are some of them:

Jim’s HO railroad story

One busy model railroad

Peter’s railway layout

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to start your own railway adventure.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

4 Responses to Model railroad table – Dean’s update

  1. John Aus says:

    Great to see such good woodwork. I am planning a new layout at the moment and will incorporate your ideas on one side, the is to be fixed to the wall of the garage. Thanks. John.

  2. Erick says:

    Great Layout.!!!! Looks goods hope mine turns out that good .

  3. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    Sure nice to see this brought back up to see how it is done. I used this method to build our large G scale layout in the basement. Well done Dean, looking forward to your next video.
    Dick(little r) Hardin Mt USA

  4. Dave Karper says:

    Lynn Wescott was the developer of L girder construction.

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