Donald has been in touch with his first layout, and have a look at the HO scale figures he has added.
A first layout is an achievment in itself, but adding figures to it really does bring it alive.
Adding people and creating simple ‘mini scenes’ is simple enough, but what a difference it makes:
I’m Donald, I’m new at this but, I’ve been a train lover for 60 years. This is my first HO layout.
Most people I’ve sent pictures too said they love it.
I hope you and the master layout builders find it interesting also.
Now on to Paul:
Way back in September I wrote to you with details of a T-gauge layout I’d put together.
It was fun to do and it’s possible to fit a lot of stuff into a very compact space when the engine is the size of a matchstick. That was the issue though, it’s a very fiddly scale to work with and with eyesight not as good as it used to be I took it apart and started again, this time in N gauge.
The board size is only 72cm x 55cm though. Unless I built a diorama (and there have been some good ones on the site) I needed to be economical with the space available. I settled on a double track tram layout with turn-backs at each end, and with intermediate stops along the way. A single tram plies the route end to end and then makes the return journey.
The track, power unit, sensors and controller (which detects which sensor has been triggered) are all Tomix. This layout is so small that I might even get round to putting some scenery on it – that would be a first for me – but we’ll see how we go.
This is the construction sequence if it’s of any interest:
My carpentry skills being somewhat rudimentary, I put together a baseboard made from an old bathroom cabinet:
I covered it in cork sheeting so that things wouldn’t slide around:
This is the layout:
And here it is put together:
Because the curves are all tight radius (17.7cm and 14.4cm) only short wheelbase vehicles (like trams) can negotiate them.
It’s not the most exciting layout, but if you nothing else to publish (I know your inbox is sometimes a bit empty) this might fill a an empty day 😊.
All the best,
That’s all for today.
A big thanks to Paul for sharing his HO scale figures, and to Donald and Dave too.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today’s post has inspired you, and you want to make a start on your own layout, don’t forget The Beginner’s Guide is here.