HO scale Kato model layouts – Peter’s

Peter’s been in touch and added to the HO scale Kato model layouts on the blog:

“Hi Alastair,

My name is Peter and I retired about two years ago and decided to get back in to model railroading a year ago.

I really want to share with you and your followers what can be done with some limitations.

Firstly, I rent and I know I will have to pack up my whole layout and move within the year. My entire model layout sits on folding tables and can be packed up into a few boxes.

Secondly, I have a limited budget and have not purchased one new engine nor rolling stock. I picked up a lot of items for near free, such as a $10 HO scale box with a bridge, 3 engines, buildings and some rolling stock.

I repainted, stenciled, and repaired many items. I made all my mountains out of insulation and used dollar store paint.

The single largest purchase, and probably the best for me was a huge lot of HO scale kato unitrack for $200, and some used switches at the local hobby shop.

My next most expensive item is my one HO scale Kato engine: $105 CN. I stick to my limit for items, stay patient, and buy combined lots of items when I can, and average about $10 a car / building etc.

I decided to focus my layout on Castlegar, British Columbia circa 1974. I spend a year there when I was fourteen.

Castlegar’s unique railway station was till within the wye at that time. The other locations on my layout are the Nelson, B.C. rail yard and the Taghum bridge.

It’s not completely prototypical, but it’s close. What I love about this transition era is the variety of rolling stock and paint themes that were actually on the rails together.

I was a school teacher and I often reflect on the interdisciplinary learning that goes on: in the research: history and geography, in the modelling: art, all the math: scale, the electronics and the mechanical understanding rebuilding thirty year old locomotives and getting them running. All that without even touching the DCC side of things.

Anyways, here are a few pictures of my HO scale. I hope someone can enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed seeing others’.


HO scale Kato model layouts

 HO scale Kato model layouts

HO scale Kato model layouts

HO scale locomotive engine

HO scale Kato model layouts:

model railroad corner loop

A big thanks to Peter for adding to the Kato HO scale model layouts.

Here’s a few more of them if that’s your thing:

Kato track plans.

Now on to Dave:

“Hi Al,

Just a short video well 7 minutes… Running a few trains, it’s so cold up here in the North and grey with rain on and off… so what better than run a few trains.

It’s all action with various ones all with there own sound… Soon be warmer weather then can get back to gardening??



model railway

model railway diesel

model railway bridge

model railway passenger car

A big thanks to Dave and Peter.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, 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.

model train answers

12 Responses to HO scale Kato model layouts – Peter’s

  1. TOM HIRSCH says:

    Peter’s Layout is one of the best I have seen here lately

  2. Rich B. says:

    OK, like Peter’s RR for what it is and ideas used. Making acquisition a pastime of its own without feeling a commitment of “having to work on” after spending all that money. Could reflect more or less even and wouldn’t make a bit of difference with that idea of getting ready to move the entire thing…

    Always good to see Dave again. Meticulous is the only thing I can think of there. Knockout scenery and designed for that long train and running times after rest is finished. Hope he doesn’t tear apart again for awhile lol.


  3. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice layout. good work.

  4. Brian Olson says:

    LOVE the forced perspective of the overpass. To infinity and beyond!

  5. Delmar Servoss says:

    nicely done

  6. George Zaky says:

    “in the research: history and geography, in the modelling: art, all the math: scale, the electronics and the mechanical understanding rebuilding thirty year old locomotives and getting them running.” Couldnt have said it better-that which describes our Hobby. I, missing a screw here or there, would add humor because my layouts & themes want to be funny and get a giggle in addition to the wonder of a running model train.
    I really like your layout and your narrative and thank you for your time & effort. Hope to hear more from you.
    D. Dave
    Good to hear from you! A bright & cheerful movie from the man. I can imagine those roaring beauties bringing hapless souls from their sanctuaries to the war rooms of work and I dont have to do that anymore. The make believe that aint so make believe. Any way- Much thanks.
    Big Al
    Ahh- beautiful morning, Peter & DD, Java- anticipation of the eclipse. Y’all have a nice day-hear.

  7. John Birch says:

    Well done, Peter! You haven’t allowed your personal imitations to hinder your creative fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. Great!

  8. Philip Pridmore says:

    Great job Peter, everything looks as good as new. I just shows what can be done with some patience.
    And as always Dave shows us the way.


  9. Christopher says:

    Enjoyed seeing Peter’s CPR layout, great Canadian content.

  10. Peter says:

    Thank you for the encouraging comments. I have enjoyed seeing what everyone else is doing and was hopeful that my sharing my return some of that.

  11. Peter says:

    Awesome video Dave! Watching it is like a nice trainspotting escape. Ö=

  12. David Howarth says:

    Thank you re comments on my layout , DD ..and well done Peter thats an impressive layout you have built

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