HO scale shelf layout ideas – look what Henry has done to hide a staging yard:
A great part of our hobby is creating illusions. I am creating the illusion of unit coal trains running between a coal mine and a coal fired power station.
I do not have the space to model either industry to scale, so a photo backdrop helps to create the illusion.
But where do the coal trains go? My answer, a hidden staging yard.
How do you hide a staging yard on the upper deck of your layout?
You build a mountain.
Here are some pictures of how the mountain progressed.
Once fully installed, you cannot see the staging tracks, so I installed 2 mirrors above the staging yards, so that you can see the clearnce markers (white ties).
Occupation indication is via current sensors in each track, that changes a LED from green to red when track is occupied.
Here is a youtube video showing the whole mountain with a few trains running past.
A huge thanks to Henry – nicely done! Always good to see HO scale shelf layout ideas.
I do love seeing how you all solve your glitches and problems.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to your start, on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.