HO model railroad mountain town

The talented Dan has been back in touch with more pics of his HO model railroad mountain town:

Diamonds, even if in an industrial area, require a lot of maintenance.

HO model railroad mountain town

Work gets interrupted, too.

HO model railroad mountain town

Help is on the way.

HO scale train train truck

There is a truck (bogie) repair place on the layout.

HO scale bogie

You need oil to make the place run.

model train oil tank

On the oil dock.

model train loading

Hard at work.

model train freight car

Break time at the Swift Meat works.

ho scale facotry loading

HO model railroad mountain town:

I have to explain to my urban friends what is going on here. Keeping the cow pens clean.

passenger train model train

Section gang.

ho scale work gang

Bottling works.

 ho model railroad mountain town

HO model railroad mountain town

Railway Express. The yellow part on the roof is a skylight so some light can enter the scene.

HO model railroad mountain town

Getting the trunks ready for the train.

HO scale construction

HO construction worker

Moving the 300 pound blocks of ice for the reefers.

HO model railroad mountain town

Gotta check the oil.

HO model railroad mountain town store

Another section gang’s work place.

HO scale work gang

Busy at the fueling racks.

model train loco refuelling

HO model railroad mountain town:

In many Western American towns and universities put their names in high places. The town of Sharon Springs is getting a new sign. The sign is almost done. The letter “S” is being sent up. The pulley actually works!

western rockface for model train

model train rock face

Getting a new “speeder” for the railroad.

model train speeder

 HO model railroad mountain town

At the Goins Valley freight house.

HO model railroad mountain town

I purposely do not weather much of mt layout. However, here is an example to show I know how to weather. These painters have been painting for over 25 years. Just a little slow.

HO model railroad mountain town

Another guy taking a break at the stock pens.

HO model railroad mountain town

HO model railroad mountain town

The town of Almost is getting an addition to the station. The local coal mine has expanded and the station needed an expansion.

This is enough for now. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you. I have a few more I can send.


A huge big thanks to Hall of Fame Dan for sharing more more pics of his HO model railroad mountain town.

I do love the scenes he creates with the people on his layout. He did a great post on adding people to your layout which is here:

Model train people.

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

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21 Responses to HO model railroad mountain town

  1. Robert Brady says:

    Excellent very nice . HO the way to go! Great photog.
    The Critic

  2. robert dale tiemann says:

    nice work. i really like all gauges.

  3. gene SERVOSS says:

    great job i would like to see it run

  4. Brian Olson says:

    Love the small scenes, They make a big difference. I have a friend with a multi-level N Scale Layout and during layout tours, he hands out a sheet for people to search for all the small scenes, some cleverly tucked away.

  5. Rob McCrain says:

    This is an outstanding layout. It has lots of interesting scenes. The figures are placed in an interesting and storytelling manner. It also captures the era to a T.

  6. Ken Holbrook says:

    I really think the people staged within a layout is what sets a layout apart from others. Just love it! Great job Dan!

  7. Alan R Manzer says:

    Very nice! I do like it when the Town and the areas around it come alive with figures in an ongoing action scene. The imagination takes off and can see the workers, characters, etc. come to life Excellent!

  8. Gordon Valentine says:

    Dan You have scored a 4.0 in my book. 1 the story, 2 what, 3 the Real people, and 4 THE WOW!!!!

  9. Greg Marples says:

    The little depot with the Spanish tile roof in the picture where they are moving trunks on the cart is very much the same style as the “new” 1929 UP depot in Marysville, Kansas. It is taller with larger widows, but the stucco, roof and trim are very similar. It is undergoing restoration, look it up!

  10. Johnny Yuma says:

    Excellent work. I love the diversity of your mini world. Would it be possible to get an overhead view? It helps to put the scenes together in an overall unit.

  11. George Zaky says:

    Ditto to all the above Kudos.
    You took a lot of time assembling this masterpiece and I thank you profusely. Please keep us mortals updated and keep that brilliant mind active with another scheme & background.
    Big Al
    The Wow factor just keeps going! Muchos Gracias

  12. Ben says:


  13. Steve Ruple says:

    Awesome scenery pictures, looks very nice and I like the way you explained the scenes. Great job !!!!!!!

  14. Warren Cleversy says:

    Excellent modeling and scenes! Job well done.

  15. Gerald Edgar says:

    Unique detailing, VERY unique! Just needs some weathering to get a Straight A!

  16. Jim AZ says:

    Nice. Your photos are amazing. The scenery is highly detailed and well done. You should be very proud of your modeling skills.

    Jim AZ

  17. DAVID says:

    I really enjoyed this, nothing more modern would be so interesting !

  18. Daniel says:

    Nice work!!

  19. Glenn Dean Holden says:

    Fantastic detail!!

  20. James says:

    Looks good, very impressive.

  21. John Simms says:

    Great looking layout.

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