ken’s been back in touch. He’s been busy with his HO scale risers, laid track and now he’s running his trains:
Thank you for what you do for this hobby and for keeping this site going.
I really enjoy the daily emails and have learned a lot from other modelers.
I am sending an update to my ho scale layout and also attached some previous pictures to show the progress.
I have now added a branch line and switching (fiddle) yard. I started this layout in 2016 but progress has been slow due to work and other circumstances.
I am now retired and have more time to spend on this project. In the future there will also be mountains and tunnels added at both ends of the layout.
“Hi Al…just uploaded a new video showing my way of making trees on the cheap, and also my A4 Loco back working again with some great sounds on it.
And of course a running session with our old Friend the Ginger bread Man making an appearance…
You may or may not consider what I have written below as worth sharing.
A few posts ago, you published something where Steve mentioned using an Atlas bumper for installing fishplates.
I began to think and came up with a ridiculously simple idea which could have simplified my life over the years.
Others might find it of use (if they haven’t already come up with a similar solution).
All I did was to take an old screwdriver and file a slot in it the width of the rail head. It’s simply a matter of putting the screwdriver over the rail and sliding the fishplate into place.
I had to replace a heat-damaged point in a difficult situation. I inserted the fishplates so that they didn’t protrude, placed the point in position and then used the new tool to easily slide the fishplates into position. Simple!
Best wishes, and thank you for all you do for the hobby.
Now on to Gary, who asks the question below.
As there is no ‘right’ answer for this, I thought it would be fun to post – I’d love to hear your answers. Please do leave a comment below if you can help:
“How much minimum table space do you think is necessary for a decent small track layout for HO SCALE?
A big thanks to John, Dave and to Ken for sharing his HO scale risers and track progress.
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.