HO model train log cars

Al’s been in touch with his HO model train log cars.

It’s a stunning layout and I’m really hoping Al can send us some more pics and details because I absolutley love it:

“I look forward to your site every morning. This is a fantastic hobby and it is so nice to see what others are doing, the ideas are almost endless.

I model in HO and have been working on the AT&C for several years, it is my fourth layout and keeps me out of trouble with the better half.

I am sending along a few pictures of what is done so far, as we all know a layout is never truly finished.

It is freelanced and based in the early part of the twentieth century. I have more photos of the construction from the beginning if interested. Keep up the good work.


ho model train log cars

ho model train log cars

steam lcoo for HO model train

HO scale building

ho logging shute

ho logging shute

ho scale fellling trees fro model train layout

HO scale logging camp

HO scale turntable

A big thanks to Al for sharing his HO model train log cars layout. It’s a really popular theme, and it’s not hard to see why: they look great!

I thought it would be fun to list some of the them, so here you go:

HO logging layout plans (A different Al!)

Model railroad logging layouts

HOn3 logging railroad

N scale logging

HO scale logging camp

There’s lots more model train log posts on the blog, but these are certainly the ones that stick out for me.

Please do let me know if you’d like a long, long list of them all!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you poke boredom in the eye and join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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18 Responses to HO model train log cars

  1. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice work. good layout.

  2. David says:

    Nice set up you have built there … keep them logs rolling along

  3. Stephen Hill says:

    Very nice , very realistic scenes and scenery . Most impressed with the old train locomotive and rolling stock, those are awesome . Thanks for sharing your work it’s really superb.

  4. Rich B. says:

    Sure, now this is literally off the beaten path. Everything is unique and hand built… I haven’t seen duplicate structures anyplace else. The log pond I’d say is excellent, looks as wind blowing over water surface. Logs that are waterlogged and sink, worth weight in gold when salvaged. Many abandoned lumber industries (camps) in ME from past 2 centuries. Put own (homemade) tracks in and pulled up and reused wherever required.

    Only one small flaw is with all the track ballast under tracks and everywhere’s else too. It’s about all the stones and grass or lawn mixed together. Actually you’d have abundance of tree barks and sawdust that would acquire all over those thoroughfares. Yup, ballast and muddy landfill material right at hand. Latter mills might just burn it all off in inverted cone furnace and conveyor. Would even burn down and have to rebuild operations continuously. Point being after all the trees removed they’d just pickup and next move to another location.

    Regards, Rich

  5. Tom Duffy says:

    Two of your pics really stand out. One being the log pond and dragging the logs up to the mill. Second , is the coal bin , but you need coal debris covering the ground around the structure showing that it’s being use. Messi..!

  6. santafedan says:

    Very good.

  7. TJK says:

    Rich is counting stones and blades of grass out of place..
    Give me a break.
    Nice layout even though some grass was not where it should have been.

  8. George Zaky says:

    Nothing I like better than a logging theme. Your super Heisler is working on a supply run. Love that rear car.
    The layout is fab and I hope you keep us up to date with mods and techy stuff.
    Big Al
    Much thanks for the library of logging stuff.

  9. Robt. Emmett says:

    Al, this may be of interest to a few lg your followers:
    An excellent photo of the tree-cutting scene brought back memories.
    Notably, there was no slash in the photo. (Slash, a term referring to the tree waste left after a timber harvest, including treetops, limbs, and other woody material, is a key aspect in our discussion. The amount of slash left behind is influenced by the size and quality of the harvested trees.) This detail is particularly relevant to railroaders due to the significant role of railroads in these events.
    On October 8, 1871, the same night as the Great Chicago Fire, the logging community of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was hit by a fire storm of unbelievable proportions. The fire burned 1,200,000 acres (485.622 hectares) of prime timberland and caused an estimated death toll of between 1,500 and 2,500 people.
    On September 1, 1894, a fire destroyed Hinckley, killing hundreds. The slash was from logging. James Root, an engineer on a train heading south from Duluth, Minnesota, rescued nearly 300 people by backing up a train almost five miles. The fire killed approximately 400 people and destroyed 200,000 acres (80.937 hectares). As in the Hinckley incident, railroads played a prominent role.
    Hinckley and the Fire of 1894 and Firestorm at Peshtigo are two of the books I’ve read. Fascinating reading for anyone, but especially modelers of logging railroads.

  10. Brian Olson says:

    Love the theme!

  11. Don says:

    well done

  12. Lou Caputo says:

    Most enjoyable lay-out to see! I especially appreciated the weathering of RR cars, rock and water formations and the minimalistic treatment that reinforces the geography of that region in its time period. Well done!!

  13. Steve Ruple says:

    Awesome scenery pictures, well done. I like the bridge construction and the logging scenes an excellent job !!!!!

  14. Jim AZ says:

    Very nice. Great scenes and the background is perfect. Just enough on this layout with well done details.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  15. Mike W says:

    I’m amazed at the talent displayed here.

  16. Dr Jon Blake says:

    Very Good Stuff.. I love your theme…. And yes, Al is quite talented…..

  17. Ray Suckling says:

    Nice work Al………….

  18. Tom M says:

    Hobbies such as Model Railroading, Music, Painting, Woodwork. etc., often pique the interest and lead to research that leads to knowledge and skills beyond what is necessary to simply practice and enjoy a hobby!

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