“I have been reading your blog for several years. I find that it has inspired me to resurrect my interest in model railroading. The photos and stories shared by your followers have provided valuable inspiration and information.
As a child I had a Lionel train set but never had the room or money to do anything more than a simple oval. But, I spent many enjoyable hours watching that train run.
When my son was about 6 we bought him a Lionel Chessie System H O train set and I mounted the track which was nothing more than an oval with a siding on a 4×8 board on hinges in out garage. As we lived in Florida is was too hot on most day to do much wit it. We made several moves and hung that board in the garage every time with the same result.
As I was nearing retirement, I was working out of a home office and my wife encouraged me to start a layout. We were living in a small condo and I researched small track plans in an Atlas publication. I laid Atlas code 100 track following Atlas’ Twice Around in 4×6 plan.
I collected several locos and cars from the late steam and early diesel era and ran these trains for several years. At a model railroad show in Fort Lauderdale I met an aged (to me then) man who was selling Tillig code 83 track and we became friends. I decided to take down the code 100 track and invested in the Tillig track.
I laid the track following that layout plan with some modification. I wired a few blocks but before I could run trains we moved and bought a motor home and started traveling. The layout was encase in plywood and stored in my daughters backyard she from 2003 to 2019.
Last winter I unboxed the layout and was surprised to find it was in decent shape. I spent some time cleaning track before closing it up and moving it to our small villa in North Carolina. I managed to wire the main line and can run trains around the layout.
Sadly I was not able to install and wire the Lemaco point motors I bought over 20 years ago before returning to Florida. This will have to wait a few months for us to get back. I may need help with the switch motors.
I am attaching photos of the layout after I unboxed it in Florida last winter, and where it currently sits on fold up benchwork in our spare bedroom in North Carolina. Again thank for the inspiration.
just posted this video, its just to let all know I found out how to enter new Loco in to the ECOS controller, and a BIG new sidings for my trains (a shelf under the layout).
Also showing a few of my trains running, some I have not shown in a long time, I shall not be posting for a few weeks now, so hope you all can enjoy this running video.
“Hi Al, my name is Tony.
I live in New York City in the US.
I have a 10’-10’ with a cutout in the middle for accessibility. Here are some pictures of it.
I used 1by 3’s for the frame and 2 by 2’s for the legs.
Then I used 2’-2’ Pink foam insulation for my base. I glued wheels on it so I can move it if needed.
I’m wiring in in DCC Digitrax. I am using Kato track for ease ability.
I’m not a professional so I hope to get feedback on my little world.
Thank you so much
A huge thanks to Ed and Tony.
It’s wonderful to see all of these layout slowly come to life.
If anyone has any suggestions for Tony, please do leave a comment below.
That’s all for today folks, please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you press the button on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.