HO platform

Henry’s been back in touch – I love the passengers he’s added to his HO platform.

He sends in a video and pics every year of his progess:

“Hello Alastair,

As usual, I did a layout update video on the date when I started with my current layout.

This year marks 5 years and though there has been a lot of progress, it is still not complete.

The video this year is long, just under 20 minutes, but a lot has been done.



model train rockface

HO platform

model railroad trestle bridge

model railroad steam train

HO platform

HO platform

HO platform

model train backdrop


A big thanks to Henry – the passengers on his HO platform really do bring it to life. Love the girls on the platfrom scales machine!

If you want to see how much his layout has changed, his last update is here: it’s under Mike’s Lionel / HO scale post.

Personally, I think think one of the wonderful things about this hobby is just how long a layout takes, and that even then it’s never really ‘finished’.

I know that puts a lot of people off, but once you make that all important start, it becomes strangely addictive.

Over the years I’ve noticed the folk who are unhurried but relentless seem to get the most pleasure from their layouts.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to start your model train layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

12 Responses to HO platform

  1. Dennis P Fine says:

    Love the lady on the scale and her reaction. Very nice work on the cut too. The little bridge is a nice touch also.

  2. Tony, Kitty Hawk NC says:

    Henry- thanks for the update, great work!

  3. TJK says:

    The girls at the scale seem to be a big favorite.
    I notice the wye junction in front of the pig pen has a quick kind of bump incline.
    Do your locomotives negotiate that incline without issues…
    I (had) a small bump similar that “O” gauge locomotives had problems there,
    Diesel engines were fine, but steam locomotives lost contact there.
    Just curious. Nice work.

  4. Tjk, it is actually flat,the camera angle makes it look like an incline.

  5. Erick says:

    Pretty kool.!!!!!! Would like to see more.

  6. Pamela says:

    How big is your layout? Looks very large. Thanks for the update and tour.

  7. Jim Robinnson says:

    Super rock work! Clever and creative.

  8. Gerald Edgar says:

    Best rock work I’ve ever seen!

  9. Andrew Aves says:

    A wonderful layout Henry. How did you fix all your track and other detailing, it appears that you must be working around shoulder height..
    Andrew in Oz

  10. Where is the sucking signals? Ladies on scale pretty cool.

  11. TJK says:

    Thanks for your reply Henry.
    The camera fooled me.. nice layout.

  12. Pamela, it is a single garage, double deck around the walls.
    Andrew, I used the one module approach, working at a workbench, and then installing the module at shoulder height for the second level. Track nailed and some places glued with liquid nails, details held down with diluted white glue.
    Terry, the sucking signals are awaiting relays from China before they are finally installed. They will be in Vlakteplaas, the last scene on the video.

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