We’re going to start with an update from Bill today – it’s always a pleasure to hear from him:
“Good Morning Al
Hope this email finds you well in these crazy times. Like many Ive had more time on my hands recently to work on my layout as I’ve been working from home now for almost six weeks.
With more evenings available to enjoy the hobby I decided I wanted to expand in the garage.
Looking at my options I landed on an idea to use the counter space I have but rather than expand the HO switching layout I’m going to build an N Scale layout. I have a tote full of N Scale items and I thought it time to bring them out after about 25 years in storage.
I’ve attached some pictures and a video link of what I’m doing this time around. I still need to be able to bring a vehicle in the garage so I came up with an idea to add folding legs to one side of the table so I can push it up on the counter when not in use. When stored this way I only lose about one foot in the garage so more than enough space is left to bring in the Jeep.
This layout will have a continuous run with two laps around a 3×15 foot layout. On this layout I’ll be able to run trains and sit back and watch while sipping coffee. This one will have mountains as well as a fair amount of switching and be run off DCC.
My wife thinks I’m crazy and she may be right but I’m having fun.
Bill in Virginia”
Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa.
My name is Heinrich and I am 45 years old.
The hobby took fire in me about 5 years ago when my family and I still resided in a smallish townhouse.
I started with a relatively small 4×8 board but alas, this was still too big for my townhouse and I had to contend with a board that had to be assembled and disassembled whenever I had to run my trains. Not good… The board only had tracks on it and I could not fix any scenery items to it.
From the get go I had a plan in mind for what I wanted to achieve. My models are predominantly old Lima, South African Railways models (some rare and extremely collectible). In my collection I have diesels, electric and steam. I always wanted to model the 1960’s to 1980’s era of the South African Railways and specifically the Karoo landscape.
In 2018 my wife and I bought a proper house and my wife was kind enough to allocate me a room specifically for my trains.
My “train” room is about the size of a single garage and I could finally set my layout ideas in motion.
I decided on double level, wall mounted layouts that would run separate from each other. The top layout will be my Karoo layout and limited to steam locomotive operations and the bottom will be a mix of rural and city.
I work in aviation security and I am away from home frequently. In order to ensure that I spend enough time with my family and on my trains (good balance must be maintained), I approached a layout builder (pensioner) to put my layout ideas and plans into reality.
Due to upgrades being done on the new home and issues at work, the work on my train room and layout could only commence this year. But o my, the progress…
The modules, and scenery) are being assembled away from my home and will be transported and installed once complete (about 60km away from me).
I attach a couple of photos from what has been done to date. Due to size issues, I may have to send more photos in a separate email…
In the previous photos, you will observe the models being measured and fitted. The idea is that should we sell the house and move away, I can dismantle the modules and (hopefully) reinstall them again in a new room/location.
In the attached photos you will observe my layout plan, the laying of the track and ballast and also weathering of the tracks.
I must ad, the ballast stone is original Karoo sand (collected by a friend) that has been sifted to HO scale.
The top part/Karoo layout is nearing completion and I am soooo looking forward to this lockdown to come to an end!
I hope you enjoy the pics!
A big thanks to Bill and Heinrich.
I think Bill’s come up with a fab solution for expanding. Very inventive.
And Heinrich hasn’t let lack of time rob him of a layout.
As I keep saying, your layout is whatever you want it to be, and if that’s somebody else building it, that’s fine too.
That’s all for today.
Please do keep ’em coming
And don’t forget the the Beginner’s Guide is here if today is the day you take your leap of faith.