George’s fun Lionel layout

“Hi Al,

this layout was a year in the making with my grandkids.

The kids loved seeing the project grow with their help. They also made some great suggestions for the layout adding some of their Legos to the layout. They so enjoy coming over to play with the trains.

Most of the rolling stock and engines we purchase at yard or estate sales. I even found a hobby shop which was going out of business. Some items were purchase on e bay etc, etc .

I did not use a table for the trains. I repurposed some used kitchen cabinets. Makes a closed storage area.

The scale is o mostly Lionel and MTH.

Although this layout is not as elaborate as most of what I see, it is basic and fun for the kids and us to have quaitly time together and hopefully produce a younger generation into model rail roading hobby.

Happy railroading!

George”

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“Al:

While scanning for layout ideas last eve, and the TV shows in a dead zone, Showtime once again showed “unstoppable” a 2010 movie, of a runaway train. (Based on true events).

While having watched it over and over, this time i got into the shots of the tracks, since this was filmed in and around Pittsburgh,PA and Eastern Ohio.

Suddenly i realized that some of the perfect curves and switches i am trying to make, are not so in real life railroading.

Last was a educational film for me. Strongly recommend anyone who likes trains and has not seen, do so.

Sid”




“Hi Al,

I am wrighting you Belgium. Sorry for my very bad English.

After 35 years I restarted with my hobby Marklin Ho lay-out.

Here by i send 2 pictures off my small new lay-out.

Friendly

Guido

Belgium.”

A big thanks to Guido and George.

George writes that his layout is ‘not elaborate’ but I disagree: any layout is better than no layout, and I’ll bet you’ve made a load of memories with the grandkids.

And Guido – what a start! Well done. I know I keep banging on about it, but making a start is more than half the battle.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today has made you want to start your very own layout, the the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.

13 Responses to George’s fun Lionel layout

  1. John Frye says:

    As a guy who has worked for railroads for 45 years and still is, the movie “Unstoppable” was indeed interesting. The only thing wrong with it was that it was “Hollywoodized.” The real events are interesting enough, and even while the idea of walking a train these days (especially a moving one) is preposterous, I could buy that being attempted. Where they lost me is first when the rescue locomotives de-railed and exploded. They don’t. Ever. second when the train went around the turn with the outside wheels on the track and the inside lifted off. That never happens. Ever. The outside rail would flip, or the wheels would climb off. Always.
    Hollywood = take a good real story and kill it.

  2. Lester W Larrew in Georgia USA says:

    George hit the nail on the head when he said “fun!!” That’s is what it is all about.

  3. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    Totally agree with George and Lester, the main idea is fun whether that be building, track-laying, scenic or just running. When the fun ceases so does the hobby … rivet counters have probably been modelling for years and may well be ‘correct’ but it is the personal enjoyment that counts.

  4. james Snider in Napoleon Ohio, USA says:

    The movie unstoppable was very close to the actual runaway locomotive. During the actual incident the locomotive did not tip on the curve. The actual incident was started in a rail yard on the East side of Toledo Ohio and ended on a North & South track parallel to I 75 near Lima Ohio, in North western Ohio, I live about 45 miles North West from the starting point. I did not keep any of the articles that I read nor made notes from some of the railroad engineers I knew so I can not give you any of the details. This should give you an idea of the area where it actually happened.

  5. JACK WINDT says:

    i think its great to get the kids involved…….and to bond with them….good for you…….

  6. Sandy says:

    I wish I could speak a foreign language Guido.

  7. David Ryder says:

    Guido,
    I like what you have started. I just have one question, what is going on under the second layer? I see three tracks going under and only one track coming out (or the other way around) and wondered what you did under there.
    Thanks,
    Dave

  8. dave says:

    If you want to see a Movie a whole lot more realistic see Runaway train with Robert Duvall !! another is The Train a WW2 flick they really crash old steam locomotives and rolling stock that were going to be scrapped No CGI in 1964 ! Unstoppable was OK but not real at all as others say no way locomotives explode and you cant tip em ether (a scrap out fit I had trucks leased to cleaned up a CSX mess south of Louisville the tracks were still intact but had slid down a steep hill ) Another is a French film Battel De rail again real equipment wrecked . its on you tube !!

  9. Bud Swartz says:

    A lot of the movie “Untouchable: was filmed around Olean and Portville NY. The highway runs right along side the train tracks for several miles. The RR was the old Erie RR from Chicago to NY City.
    Bud

  10. CARL ANGDAHL says:

    Guido,
    I agree with Dave. I got lost going under the second layer also. Great to have grandkids sharing in your hobby. Keep it up.

  11. EssKay says:

    Guido,
    A wonderful, entertaining track plan! It’s all about having fun.
    By overwhelming public demand, we need to know what’s happening under the second layer. It’s as simple as one becomes three but what you can’t see is always tantalizing!!

  12. Guido says:

    Hi,
    Under de second layer de 3 tracks comme together en the result is 1 track
    Kindlee

    Guido

  13. Hey George! Congrats! You got three important things right. 1. You’re having FUN!
    2. You got the kids involved and loving it!.3.The layout is perfect! There are many different levels in this hobby and whatever works for you is the important thing.

    Now Guido. The layout is interesting and many creative ideas went into the track plan which is great and your English is fine. You should come to the U.S. if you think yours is bad.

    Thanks guys.

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