HO scale logging camp

Boyd’s been back in touch with his HO scale logging camp.

What an addition! Have a look at what he’s done:

“Hello Al,

In my last post I mentioned I was starting the logging camp area.

Still have many details to add, but thought I would send in progress so far as I will not be getting much more done until late fall due to outdoor activities, summertime hobbies and travel.

I am having great difficulty finding HO scale chain saw operators, so manual labour with axes will have to do for now.

Also have a skidder and loader kit to build and add, along with a cookhouse/storage building.

I made the bunkhouses from scratch, and as before, all landscape materials are homemade or yard pickings.

As always, thanks for all you do to support the hobby.


HO scale bridge truck

ho scale camp loggers

ho scale loaded freight cars

ho scale logging camp

ho scale logging camp

ho scale track crossing

HO scale wildlife

A HUGE big thanks to Boyd for keeping us updated.

If you missed his last post it’s here: HO scale DCC

In Boyd’s first post, he went from this empty room:

room for model train layout

To this ‘finished’ scene:

model train hobby mine back hoe

In fact, here’s the link to his first post if you missed that too: Model train hobby.

That’s all for today, folks – leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you turn your empty room into a palace of fun, just like Boyd, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Remember, it’s the start that stops most people.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

32 Responses to HO scale logging camp

  1. David Howarth says:

    Nice work Boyd on your logging area , it looks very surreal

  2. Brian Olson says:

    Great example of great attention to detail.

  3. Bill McCourt says:

    Nice looking trees!

  4. Jeff says:

    great looking layout, really nice detail.

  5. Rob McCrain says:

    This is a great example of how to do a logging camp. I like the various scenes. Each tells a story and I always enjoy that.
    Rob McCrain

  6. George Zaky says:

    Great job. My favorite engines are the geared Shays, Climaxes & Heislers. They were engineered for low speed hi torque logging operations in narrow gage. Hope to see some in a video workin’ hard in your woods.
    Best to you & show us some more – much thanks.

  7. Ripper says:

    This has got to be one of the BEST layout I have ever seen. Big Ten-Four!

  8. Tony Weisbecker says:

    Most excellent layout thanks for the pics .

  9. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Boyd..:::: your scenes and the trees are awesome. Beautiful work

  10. robert dale tiemann says:

    logging area very cool. nice layout.

  11. Old Ben says:

    Love the rock detail

  12. Fred Gevalt says:

    Boyd –

    Your scenery is spectacular! Your trees are the best I’ve ever seen. How did you do them?

    Fred Gevalt

  13. Ruben Simon says:

    So real!

  14. Richard Guhl says:

    I lived in a remote logging camp for a couple years. I was not a logger, my wife was the camp school teacher. You’re really starting to capture the essence of what that lifestyle was all about

  15. Robert Gevert says:

    Nice work Boyd. Great attention to detail!

  16. Jack Bury says:

    Your pine trees look great. How did you make them?

    Jack in Pa

  17. Boyd says:

    Thank you for the nice comments folks.
    Fred Gevalt: the trees are a version of bottle brush trees. There are hundreds of video’s on line on how to make them, but after a few undesirable attempts I discovered a couple techniques that yielded much better results for me. If there is an interest, I will take some pics and put a little tutorial together next time I make some.

  18. Ron Kehl says:

    Nice details!

  19. Paul Housworth says:

    Hi Boyd!
    Thanks for the wonderful layout pix!
    I would love to see your technique to making bottle brush trees
    in the future. Very interesting!
    I love the theme of logging for a layout.
    and Admiringly,
    Paul Housworth

  20. Jeff says:

    Boyd. Great layout awesome details. I love seeing layouts with more structures, scenery and details like this. I too would like to see your technique on making those trees.

  21. william j plmer says:


  22. Bob says:

    Some of the best I’ve seen!

  23. Peter Guarrine says:

    Thank You

  24. robert dale tiemann says:

    i saw a logging camp once on a set that the family actually had a tree falling , mechnically, in the scene. i like the ones that have motorized scenes, but i also like any forestry scenes, nice job.

  25. Rich B. says:

    Now Maine has the abandoned logging camps (towns) and railroads. All over the place… these themes simply outweigh anything in cities and/or any other land-fill. But there’s no doubt the work is put in and city life still excellent, no denial there.

    Regards, Rich

  26. Ken Holbrook says:

    Wow Boyd, you’ve done an amazing job on this logging camp. My back is starting to hurt just watching those guys clear that timber! The tall pines are phenomenal. I’m telling you what, for all the people who think operational trains should be the only focal point in a train layout, they’re missing the joy of creating something amazing that will make your operations that much more enjoyable! Fantastic job!

  27. Pete from Michigan (the other one). says:

    Boyd, have you tried building a chainsaw? Some scrap plastic form a plastic model, a Drexel tool, and a figure with a reasonable hand position should be enough to create the logger you are looking for.

  28. Gerald Edgar says:

    Wow! I especially like that rural gravel road Xing! My only suggestion to make this layout an A Plus is to weather the track, esp. sidings as actuall logging lines I’ve seen (Rayonier) were rough! Speaking as a former RR Safety Mgr.

  29. John P Verrengia says:

    As realistic as they come. Very well done.

  30. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice wprk. really goos.

  31. Daniel says:

    Fantastic !!

  32. Robert E Brady says:

    Man knows his landscaping Superb job. Great photog.
    The Critic

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