HO scale module construction

Jim’s been in touch – he’s having some fun with his HO scale module construction:

“Alastair attached are photos of the 2 6 foot modules that myself and another member of our model Railroad Club are building.

Still needs more detailing but we do have N Scale trains running.

Our club layout has always been HO so members of our club running N scale were not able to run our trains with these new modules we will be able to and club members can cross these modules with there trains on the upper level.

I have sent a total of 9 photos 3 on this email and 2 more with 3 each

Moose Jaw, SK. Canada”

HO scale module construction

HO scale module construction

HO scale module construction night

HO scale module construction night

HO scale module construction

HO scale module construction sidings

town module

HO scale module construction town

HO scale module construction tunnel

A big thanks to Jim – it reminded me of this post: HO scale module layout.

Now on to John:

“Hi Al,

Thought you might like a little update on my current project.

I may need to add a little to the length to fit the buffer stops. I have not made up my mind about scratch building them.

The narrow boat is painted and ready for its first load of coal.

model train canal

model train canal

While it still needs windows, awnings, and a chimney, I thought you might like this building.

printable building

printable building

Of course one of your print out kits is where I started.



If you are new to the site, you can see more of the printable buildings here.

Next up, ‘Chogleg’, who has put together a track plan of his dream layout:

“Hi Al,

Long time subscriber, first time posting to blog.

I have started my life’s dream model railroad in a 15ft x 15ft building.

Just finished my layout drawing using AnyRail6.

I’ve installed the turntable and starting on roundhouses and track laying. Will send some pics soon.



model railroad track plan 15x15

My word – what a track plan – I’m very much looking forward to seeing it come to life.

Now on to Eytan:

“Hi Al,

I m a newcomer to that game, When I lived in London in the 60-70th, I bought from Hamleys a Fleishmann set.

For 30 years it was laying in an old suitcase.

Cov-19 made me do work at home and I found the suitcase,,,, that was 10 months ago.

I started reading on the internet everything about layouts and how to start.

Your site is my daily teacher and master.

I table is 330cm u shape and 150 deep (on both sides and 80 cm at the centre).

I used only wood from old pallets. I have started building 8×4 feet, but very soon realised that I would not be able to reach all points on the table.

Then I decided to change it to U shape.

not knowing/having a computer programme, I started with my own planning.

I m enclosing my layout without and scenery.

I m sending a few photos.

Many thanks indeed for all I have learned from you

Regards Eytan from Israel”

n scale track work

n scale track work

n scale track work

A huge thanks to John and Eytan, and of course to Jim too for sharing his HO scale module construction.

I really do enjoy reading about how you all fell back into the hobby, and seeing the pics of your endevours make it even more special.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you pick the hobby back up, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

10 Responses to HO scale module construction

  1. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Jim…….great idea……send pictures after you added more detail and some weathering.

    John……nice start on your diorama. My brother is a retired military officer and loves tanks. He wants me to create some scenes in O scale with some model tank kits. Most of what I have learned from model railroading will come in handy.

    Chogleg……WOW….what a track plan. Glad to see you are empathizing the trains and railroad yard.

    Eytan….. great start….. I like the long runs. Send more pictures of your progress.

  2. Brian Olson says:

    Interesting mix of both scales. I always thought one could have HO trains running in the foreground, with N Scale trains running further back to give a sense of depth.

    But fun ideas here always!

  3. THOMAS says:

    looking at pictures is not so much fun … Watching Trains run … now that IS FUN !

  4. Timothy Fetzer says:

    Very Nice . How does the free layouts or what do we have to do to get them.Thu

  5. Bill in Virginia says:

    Wonderful layouts! What a nice mix. Really like the track plan. Great space for showcasing engines and a good sized yard as.wrll

  6. wayne russell irwin says:

    N scale to me is too small. I love my H>O> set up.

  7. Mark Turner says:

    “Cholegs” dream layout, will be killer to see! Cannot wait to see updated pictures.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Walt Walters says:

    When I was 12-14 years old I used “N” scale with my HO Scale for depth and realism!
    I used the “N” scale as a mine train around the perimeter of my mountain about 2/3’s of the way up the mountain.
    I only wish I had taken pictures of that layout, it was awesome! For a young teen ager new to the hobby.

  9. Will in NM says:

    Wow! What a nice assortment of layouts in N-scale. Chogleg’s layout plan looks very neat though it has an awful lot of track for a 15 x 15 room. Great for running trains, not so great for achieving realism.

  10. william janmes palmer says:


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