Model railroad dock

Brian’s been back in touch with his model railroad dock.

But first, here’s an update from Henry:

“Hello Alastair,

Some photos of my double deck layout.

It is in a single car garage, and a drop down bridge spanning the garage door connects the lower levels.

Two removable sections connects the lower and upper levels, forming a folded figure 8 for continuoes running.

The harbor section operates as a branchline.

There is a 4 track hidden staging yard behind the rock face and mirrors against the ceiling provides visuals to stop trains at clearance markers.

The layout has a fully operational signal system with automatic block signals and dispatcher controlled home and starter signals.



HO scale diesel loco

Ho scale crane

model railroad lighthouse

model railroad oil refinery

model railroad freight

model railroad freight with control panel

model railroad freight

model railroad sidings

HO scale freight

HO scale buffers

HO scale buildings

HO signal post

HO scale tractor

HO scale rockface

HO scale trestle bridge

rock face trestle bridge

HO scale freight

HO scale rockface

HO scale rockface

HO scale shelf layout

HO scale shelf layout

HO scale container crane

HO scale cliff face

A big thanks to Henry, you can see his last post, on his HO platform here.

And now onto Brian, with a correction, which was entirely my fault for the way I linked to his last post:

“Hi Alastair,

I would like to clear up a mistake in the last published post.

The photo of the “HO scale Dock” diorama, is not my model, it was borrowed from an unknown source.

I used that photo as a source for four (4) of my scratch built models.

Below are photos of my scratch built buildings of the Tidewater models.

Below, the Boat Repair Dock,

HOn3 boat repair dock

Below, the lighthouse mostly scratch built.

HO scale lighthouse

Below, the three scratch built buildings, L-t-r, the Boat repair dock (converted), the Sailmaker and the Restaurant in the background.

boat repair dock

Below, same as above.

HO scale boat repair dock

Below, Sailmaker and Restaurant

HO scale dock

Below, modified reversed, back to front Boat Repair Dock.

model rairoad dock

I hope this clears up some confusion as to the diorama not being mine.

Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”

Thanks to Brian. Here’s his boat repair dock post where I started the confusion.

It’s an impressive model railroad dock.

That’s all for this time folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because I enjoy my inbox each morning just as much as you.

And if today is the day you leave the comfort of your armchair, roll up your sleeves, get going and join in on the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

7 Responses to Model railroad dock

  1. Brian Messenger says:

    Henry, your layout is coming along very nicely. Well done and keep up the good work.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA 🇿🇦

  2. Tom Lori says:

    Hi Brian, Thank you for your super pictures, and I love your gantry crane and your 2 harbour cranes. As I am relatively new to the hobby my layout is a simple 4 track oval, also in an old concrete Marley single garage which I have insulated and upgraded. [up and down lines of express passenger service and a slower up and down goods lines from a marshalling yard and harbour] 1) please tell me if your cranes are from a kit, or scratch built. If from a kit, where can I get such a kit, and what make is it please? I do not understand how the folding figure of 8 works. Please send me a track plan, so I can experiment. Regards, Tom Lori, England

  3. Erick says:

    Looks Good.!!!!!

  4. Hi Tom, I think it was my layout that have the cranes, but both myself and Brian have harbour scenes on our layouts.
    The dock cranes are Dapol kits, and the gantry crane is a Faller kit. I do not know if the kits are still available, but you might find some on Ebay.
    Henry van Wyk
    South Africa

  5. Thank You Brian,
    Your modeling is exquisite. Love in the interior detailing.

    I have completed the trackwork during the weekend, so I can now have a continues run. Takes about 8 minutes to do one lap at realistic speeds.

  6. Thomas Strangeway says:

    Henry that layout is great. It evokes some old memories in me.
    Thank you.

  7. Mr. Ron from So Mississippi says:

    I notice you have some U.S. and European rolling stock on the same layout. Is there any reason for this?

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