Dana’s been in touch with his HO scale layout 5×14.
Like most of us, his layout grew and grew… but that’s all part of the fun:
Have enjoyed your site for years.
Anyway, thought I’d send a few photo’s of my new, currently under construcution layout, in HO scale.
I’m 80 years old so it’ll probably be my first and last layout. I am trying to do my best after obtaining many, many HO items these past years.
It started out as a 4×4 and soon went to 4×8.
This then went to a 5×8, then 5×10 and until I have now a 5×14 to work with. Funny how one always needs more space!
Instead of just doing one thing and then another I’ve decided to finish one end first and then the next section and so forth. It’s not correct but like the old saying goes,
“It’s my railroad and I’ll do what I want!”.
I’ve laid the outer main down and soldered the sections together. I tested it with a loco I have and everything worked fine.
Then I placed 2 inch and 4r inch risers, covered them with plaster cloth, thin coat of Plaster of Paris and painted that section brown.
I temporarily placed some buildings on it just for fun. They still need lighting and some detail work (people, interiors, cats and dogs, etc).
Even your buildings will get lighting after using poster board as supporting material. I’m even thinking of cutting out the windows and doors and installing Tichy items in their place.
I do my own decals to help keep costs down. I just finished a fleet of semi-trailers for a major carrier in the 50’s, Navajo Freight Lines.
I’ll be building a freight terminal to place them loading and in the yard. . I also stenciled a tee-shirt with my favorite railroad, The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
I hope your readers can forgive an old man his mistakes as I go along with the build.
It’s such an enjoyment to spend time doing this.
If, by chance, you wish to publish this, please feel free to edit as you please.
A big thanks to Dana for sharing his HO scale 5×14 layout.
There’s one particular line in his narrative that I absolutely love:
“It’s such an enjoyment to spend time doing this.”
That’s what it’s all about – otherwise what’s the point?
Now on to something festive? Too early? I don’t think so – there’s only a small window for all the Christmas layouts.
“The edible model railroad. Christmas time of the year 2010, my wife Alice, her best friend, our daughter, our two granddaughters and I decided to have a model railroad building party.
On the kitchen table were placed bowls of supplies to be used by each of us to build with such as gumdrops, juju bears, licorice rope, twizzlers, candy canes, chocolate drops, sprinkles, and much more.
We then had a cake baked in a cookie sheet so it was shallow and of course represented the Earth. We each were given a rice krispie block, (made with rice krispies and marshmallow) to decorate however we wished to be part of the train.
We had a whale of fun, as you can see from the results in the pictures.
The graham cracker church with a choir singing out in the courtyard, with a long train going around all was pretty tasty with billions of calories hahahaha.
Rather than cutting the railroad up into a bunch of miniature half acres, we just ate the railroad in reverse of the way we built it.
Now our granddaughters are grown up, such good memories!!
Hopefully this will spark some new ideas and ideas for more edible creations and maybe a few others out here have done similar activities to share with us.
I tend to steer away from the pics with people in – I have no idea why – but Dick’s been such a fantastic contributor to the site over the years:
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.
PPS HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.