HO scale scenery – Boyd’s

Boyd’s been back in touch with more of his stunning HO scale scenery:

 model train trestle bridge

“Hello Al,

I’m attaching a few pictures of the progress made over the winter.

As usual, I did not get as much accomplished as planned, partially because of other projects that seem to pop up and demand my time, and partially because my trial-and-error approach quite often veers in the direction of error.

In any event, it’s always a learning experience, and all great fun.

A couple of the pics may be repeats of earlier submissions, but I made a few changes, and started with a pic of the quarry area and worked down the mountain from there.

For those who did not see the earlier posts, this is HO scale, benchwork is roughly 12×15 feet, and operated with NCE DCC system.

There will eventually be an area dedicated to each of the grandkids, you will 3 of them in this group of pics.

One grandson presented me with a picture of me and him working on a scene, it proudly hangs in the train room.

Here is the scene he worked on, you can see where his interests lie..

HO scale scenery dinosaur

Overview of the layout

model railroad overhead view

Quarry area

HO scale scenery quarry

HO scale scenery:

Local resident

model train bigfoot

Logging camp, finally got the skidder built

HO scale scenery logging

Another local resident

Tunnel exit

HO scale scenery tunnel

Mountain cabin

model railroad cabin

Mountain cabin up close

model train cabin


HO scale scenery

Mila’s mountain

model train freight

Leo’s lookout

model train cabin

model train rock

Bennett’s brook

 model train trestle bridge


HO scale scenery


model train water

Well, that’s it for now, Summer activities and travel will limit my time to do much more until the late Fall. Take care, and thanks for your support for the hobby.


A huge, big, thank you to Boyd for sharing his stunning HO scale scenery.

If you missed his last two posts, they really are worth looking at:

Model train hobby

HO model train trees

HO scale logging camp

Boyd’s post is also a wonderful reminder about the important things in this hobby: family and having fun.

I do love the layouts that have stores or places named after friends and family. It’s a really nice touch.

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.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

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17 Responses to HO scale scenery – Boyd’s

  1. robert dale tiemann says:

    love the logging area. also you always have to have a moose in the road, its a requirement. really nice terrain.

  2. James Malins says:

    Very skilled high quality work. An inspiration to the rest of us.

  3. Delmar Servoss says:

    i like it very good

  4. Stephen Hill says:

    That is amazing , blows me away to see such realistic scenes … don’t know how you do it . Really superb craftsmanship and detail . Truly a talent .

  5. George Zaky says:

    What a sweet layout and nothing better than a narrative involving the kids & what you do. Cant have a modern day train layout without a T Rex biting off some ones head. That means the grandkids are involved. Awesome.
    Great modeling and hope to hear a lot of you soon.
    Big Al
    Amazing! You keep rounding up talent like a Pied Piper.
    Muchos Gracias.

  6. Ken Holbrook says:

    Hey Boyd, I love the scenery. I think that’s what makes a routine layout a great layout. Well done. I’m curious where you got the Sasquatch. I have a Sasquatch on my HO layout, but it’s not a very good one. The other one that I found on line similar to yours was a female with 38” DD’s! LOL. Not exactly what I was looking for. Great job on the mountain too!

  7. Kirk says:

    Another stunning layout to start my day off with. Thank you, Al, and Happy Easter to Everyone!

    Kirk in Tacoma

  8. Rob says:

    WOW! The craftsmanship on this is first rate!

  9. Robert Gevert says:

    Fabulous scenery Boyd!! Makes the layout shine!! Never met a moose I didn’t like!!
    Bob from NYC

  10. George Bartholomew says:

    I haven’t been involved in model railroading for many years. I’d like to know what NCE and DCC systems are and how they operate.

  11. Steve Ruple says:

    A very nice layout with a lot of awesome scenery. I love the logging area, well done. I also like your water scenes.

  12. Tony says:

    Great ho layout ..well done…I model in o scale I wish I had a large. Space to build a bigger o scale…

  13. Joe Graffi says:

    Very nice work! Love the moose.

  14. Boyd says:

    Thanks for the comments folks.
    Ken, go to Etsy.com and search for ColorScaleModels, I’m pretty sure that’s where I got the Sasquatch. Like everything else, prices have gone up since I purchased 2 or 3 years ago.
    George, I really can’t do the topic justice, but in a nutshell, if you have used DC in the past, it controls the power to the track, so by adjusting power level and polarity you control the speed and direction of the train. Digital Command Control, DCC, supplies a constant voltage to the track, and you send signals to each individual loco via decoders inside them to control direction, speed, bells, horns, etc. There are many articles on line or books that will do a much better job than I at filling in the details. NCE is simply the name of the manufacturer of the equipment I use.

  15. Larry Ripplinger says:

    Nicely done! Balance was great. Details were excellent! Good job!!👍

  16. roger turner says:

    Realism makes a layout stand out and you have raised the bar. The more i look, the more I see. Great job, and glad your Grandson is involved.

    Roger in Kansas

  17. Sid says:

    There are so many great layouts on this blog and I enjoy them all, but for some reason Boyd’s is the one that speaks to me the most. I am really impressed with his scenery and attention detail. Especially the whimsical ones. Boyd is an inspiration.

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