HO engine house

Martin has been in touch with his HO engine house:

“Hi Al,

I like reading your many articles from people on your site.

I posted a ‘how to’ many years ago now about making a tunnel which you placed in your hall of fame!

Well following that I went onto making things & selling them on a scenics stall at model train exhibitions. It became quite popular I am proud to say.

So I have decided to create a small layout in my bedroom.

Early stages and I am not very hot at electrics or layout building but I’ll try. My plan is a simple two level with a terminus station & shed on the upper level. (eventually)…

But when time allows me to, I keep doing a bit & it has led me to scratch build a small HO engine house. Here are some pictures of work so far;

And my shed.


model train layout

model train layout

HO engine house

HO engine house

There’s no way I could forget Martin’s tunnel ‘how to’. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s here. It’s an absolute cracker.

When it comes to making a HO engine house, I always think of mad John on the printable buildings page.

Here’s the Engine house / shed:

HO engine house

And there’s two others – you can find them all here.

ho engine house brick

single engine house

And here’s how to make them:

The engine houses are really popular in the printable buildings, there also a bundle deal too for all 3.

Now on to Brian who has been busy scratch building.

“Hi Alastair,

A small finicky project that I am busy with but time consuming and very very small. (HO scale)

The coin is a South African one rand piece used as a comparison. It is 20mm in diameter.

The traps come on a flat photo etched sheet and have to be cut out, bent to shape and super glued together. Note the Lobsters on the left in the third photo.

The boat is unfinished but shows some of the lobster traps behind the guy hauling in the rope.

Brian – the HOn3 guy – Knysna RSA”

scratch building

scratch building

scratch building

scratch building

A big thanks to Brian and Martin – clever stuff as usual.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS I’ll leave you with some good advice from Bonkers John:

7 Responses to HO engine house

  1. Peter briggs says:

    Al, I know its time consuming and maybe your wife is getting a little fractious about sharing you with so many others, but you know, you have brought so much pleasure interest and potential skills to so many rail enthusiasts. And that is a result. Not many people can say that. Personally, I thank you for all the interest you take time in collating and distribute to us all
    Kind regards

  2. Rob B says:

    3 guys and Annette. love the story line.

  3. Lawren ce Mercier says:

    I[‘s simple, I cannot thank you enough f0r all you have done and helped us. Thanks again

  4. Bob muhme says:

    Thanks Al for all the time you spend on your(our) blog! I certainly enjoy the many great ideas from so many of us model railroaders around the world. Once I get the photos in order I will finally get my story and such to you for posting after years of enjoyment!
    Bob M from Michigan

  5. JW Snyder says:

    All those excellent traps gives me a craving for lobster! Well done!!!

  6. Robert says:

    Instead of a preset bundle of printouts how about a pick n mix ?

  7. Robert Brady says:

    Do you have a commercial license for those lobster traps?
    The Critic

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