Frank’s 4×8 HO scale


I enjoy seeing the info you share, but I have never shared my layout with you so here are some pics.

This is a 4×8 that has been in the works for 10 or so years.

I now have it in a loft that is 16×20 and I am building a new layout and this 4×8 will not work into it well at all, so I will be dismanteling it in the next few weeks to get started on the new one.

I thought I would share some of it with you.



A big thanks to Frank.

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Here’s John with one of the new buildings (free with the Beginner’s Guide, for $9).

And here’s what they look like in a scene:

And if you missed it last time, here’s the video John made and instructions too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep them coming.

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16 Responses to Frank’s 4×8 HO scale

  1. david howarth says:

    A Nice layout you have built up there Frank

  2. Joseph Randazzo says:

    Very nice work, Looks so life like

  3. Stephen Hill Woodstock GA says:

    Frank , that’s a really cool display , sorry you have to dismantle it , I’m sure your next one will be most awesome as well . Please do keep us posted .

  4. James says:

    Come on… you got all that on a 4X8 board in HO scale ?🤔

  5. George Zaky says:

    What a pity that you cant add a couple of turnouts to the existing layout and go to a new addition that fits your needs. You’ve done such a nice job, its 10 yrs young, you can do some upgrades to your liking and the memories cant be replaced.
    Of course if there are some irritating headaches with the old then its time to go.

    No matter what you do please keep us up to date and sprinkle a few of Big Al’s buildings about so we keep him going.

  6. Brian Olson says:

    Love the “ground level” shots, very nice scenes.

  7. Robert Brady says:

    You must put a trestle over that revine .needs more support. 10 years seems to be a long time for what you’ve done. Must’ve had alot of down time or many indecisions. All in all i see where you want to go with it. you know HO is the way to go .
    The Critic

  8. Benjamin Wright says:

    Nice layout. Instead of dismantling it, why not work it into your new layout?

  9. Rob McCrain says:

    I very much like the scenes you’ve built Frank. It is a very nice layout.
    Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  10. Jim AZ says:

    Nice layout. Some of those buildings look like Revell. . Maybe? Good luck with your next project.

    Jim AZ

  11. Dana "Santa Fe Fan" says:

    What a great looking layout. I, too, have never offered up photos of my layout mainly because after many years I’ve just started on it. But this layout looks extraordinary. I hope mine is 1/2 as good as this one is.

  12. Ric rudolph says:

    Super layout Frank. Alistairs building are quite good. I did one and was suprised.

  13. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great looking pike good job!

  14. John says:

    That’s a really nice looking layout. You’ve done a lot with 4×8. Are you familiar with John Allen’s famous model railroad the Gorre & Daphetid (there’s even a book written about it after his death)? He started with a small layout (smaller than yours), expanded it, and then bought a house with a basement which he filled with a massive layout, which incorporated the small original layout as a very small part of it, with the loop opened up and running onto the new layout. It is set at an angle. There is a Facebook group with an archive of many many photographs and info on his layout. You might get some inspiration from it, and maybe an idea how to incorporate part of your original layout in your new one. If you’re looking at pictures, the award winning 2 track wooden engine house(which graced the cover of Model Railroader magazine years ago) was part of the old layout.

  15. William Kelly says:

    Frank – I don’t think I could take that down. You have managed a sense of space in HO on 4 X 8 and done an aesthetically pleasing job of it!

  16. john b williams says:

    I have to find away to fit a layout in this crappy little house we live in, Really miss playing with the trains. Fun hobby.

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