HO gauge layout – Peter’s

Peter’s been in touch with his HO Gauge layout:


As promised, find some attached notes/photos

I have 2 usable layouts, both HO gauge – consisting German/Swiss/Austrian.

Both are digital sound with ESU Loksound decoders, run on Lenz controllers.

I currently purchase the blank decoders and blow the sound on using a Lok-Programmer and sound files from the vast collection from ESU.

The layouts have been constructed over the last couple of years.

The track is Peko flexi and ballesteded.

The bridge is home made using plastic sections.

The snow scene area looks good, but causes problems loco running.

The fir trees are home made.



HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

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A big thanks to Peter for sharing his HO Gauge, it’s a wonderful layout. Looks like lots of hard work went in to it.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the big day when you start running trains again, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts if that’s your thing.

31 Responses to HO gauge layout – Peter’s

  1. Rod Mackay says:

    That’s all right Peter, a snowscene often causes us some running problems on the full size, very prototypical!

  2. Paul says:

    Great looking layout… love the mix of locomotives.
    Love to see video with loco sounds..

    x the Bigfella x

  3. jim morris says:


  4. Steve Roberts says:

    Great layout Peter, very busy in what appears to be a reasonable space. Very good work. Steve R UK

  5. Ron Lamb says:

    what a realistic layout, a lot of hard work, but well worth the afford !!!

  6. wow what a great layout!
    looks like a lot of detail goes into your engineering
    keep it runnin fellas!!

  7. Dennis says:

    Great Layout! I especially like the roundabout layout with the coaling tower, water tower and engine maintenance houses all placed in a logical manner. Thanks for some great ideas I hope to incorporate in my s scale layout.

  8. Job Well Done Pete:
    Love your attention to detail in filling out each area-my yard is like yours of many missions. That’s the way it really is in most yards. Your colors are so uniform-everything in its’ place-so clean and aligned. Keep sharing with us-another joy to look at and borrow a couple of ideas. Thx much! Harold Jr. of Grand Prairie, TX.-USA

  9. paul Otway says:

    real nice

  10. Bob Miller says:

    A very nice layout with an impressive amount of locomotive power. You seem to have put it together very well.

  11. monty says:

    Hi Al, dos anybody know whats happened to dangerous Dave we do not seam to have herd from him of late, Hope he is not sick .

    Peter, There is a lot of work in that layout, and I love the bridge you have built from scratch. one day I will get around to finishing my layout.

    Al, thanks for all the input and work you do with you web site

    Monty Perth Australia

  12. Les says:

    Great work, really like all the steam – most impressive 🙂

  13. Ross Johnston says:

    Great pictures Peter! I also would love to see a video of your layout and even track plans as I’ am starting my Australian Layout next month. Cheers Rossco Adelaide, Australia

  14. Ian Mc Donald says:

    nice layout plenty of trains plenty of enjoyment. very nice turn table. good design on the bridge.

  15. Ralph says:

    A well presented layout Peter,
    The effect justifies the many hours that you must have put in to it.

  16. Tad heath says:

    Very very nice!!!!!!!

  17. Herbert says:

    Very nice evergreen trees. Would you mind sharing how you make them?

  18. Kenton says:

    Nice layout!!!!

  19. Ron McCauley says:

    Great railroad. I love railroads with lots of trains. Keep up the good work.

  20. cool engines great detail on layout very nice

  21. Cary B says:

    Beautiful layout Peter, I really love the European and UK locomotives. They look Awesome and have unique sounds
    Cary B

  22. pat says:

    very nice may i ask who manufactured your turntable the ones here by Walters are total junk

  23. bruce betters says:

    wow nice setup and really awesome engines too! much to be proud about here.

  24. Andrew says:

    Like the turntable area, really impressed

  25. george zaky says:

    Great job. Thanks for describing what you have. What a hobby! Taking a 1930’s model and putting in a 2020 decoder, sound, and control to today’s standards- awesome.
    Be well & safe
    George from LI, NY

  26. Peter Macdonald says:

    Must be a Peter thing. I also have 2 layouts (one HO and one N scale) themed on Austria/Germany/Switzerland. And I recognise many of the loco’s as I have the same ones! In fact I had to look twice to make sure it wasn’t mine!
    Great work. If you’re ever in Adelaide you’re welcome to take a look.

  27. Mike Balog says:

    Great Looking Layout,, Nice Eye for Details and Logically placed trackage. In my opinion, that turntable looks like a Marklin made in Germany. The Coaling Tower looks like a Vollmer model. Could it be serviced by a conveyor belt unit by hopper cars off to the side? I like the abandoned spur line going into the tunnel portal that was bricked off.. with the path from the hillside blocked off by a fence as well as the spur tack itself blocked by a locked gate. The snow scene looks real enough.. could put some goats on the hillside. Like the scratch built bridge spanning the river with the crystal clear water… great detail with the gravel river bed. Think the police with their rubber boat will have to wait for high water to launch! For most of us, cramped space dictates positioning of the yards, fiddle tracks, engine service areas.. If I had to change a few things. I would have the Water Tower ahead of the Turntable, and the Coaling Tower, ahead using a lead in track, with a spur next to it for coal loading so any steam loco could be serviced with an Ash Pit, Coal Tower and Water tower ahead of the Turntable / Engine House or Round House. You could place a smaller Water Tower, Sand Tower, and small Coal Bunker next to the Engine House / Round- house for aux. service.. Or just have a Water Pipe next to the building for water for waiting engines being worked on. You could have a separate track for Diesel Service, with a Diesel Oil Tank, service rack with stairs for mechanics to work on the units, with lights and a tool/parts shed near by. Even if you had a separate area on the layout for Diesel and electric service keeping the Steam Service Area separate. Overall Give this one a AAA Rating. Keep up the Good Work.. From Mike in N.H. U.S.A.

  28. Rob Schweitzer says:

    Love the turntable and display of engines. As a fellow modeler of the Swiss landscape I appreciate the problems caused by HO scale snow. I hope to someday have the engine collection you have! Greatly appreciated seeing your layout pictures.
    Rob Schweitzer
    Murren and St. Goar Scenic Railway
    Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

  29. Erick says:

    That neat.!!!!

  30. Great layout!

  31. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice layout. i really like the suspension bridge.

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