Tom’s been in touch with his HO scale scrap yard layout:
“My Two Tier HO Scale Model Train Layout – Baltimore & York Railroad (B & Y)
The B&Y Railroad is a two level model train layout which wraps around the perimeter of an 8 by 22 foot room.
A hinged swing gate opens to a 38” center aisle. A single track helix measuring 4 by 4 feet is adjacent to the layout which connects the two levels.
Each level has north and south bound main rail lines and numerous service sidings.
The layout supports up to 10 rail operations simultaneously, along with trucking services for several industries and retail stores.
The lower level encompasses a retail district and the Catons industrial park. The retail district features a dozen or so shops plus the J. S. Wilson lumber yard, suppliers of lumber to the growing community.
An Amtrak passenger/commuter train station lies adjacent to the retail district along with a small freight depot, a parking garage and two apartment buildings.
The industrial park is home to Nick’s Scrap Metal Yard, Clearwater Freight Company, CSX Intermodal Container Yard, Allegany Power & Light (APL) and Wonder Baking Company.
The East Side CSX rail repair facility is also situated on the first level.
The upper level is home to several key businesses that supply goods and services to the retail district and industrial park customers.
Rail and trucking services deliver coal and coke from the Davis Coal & Coke Mining Company which supplies coal to APL for the generation of electricity. Catons, a fuel oil distributor, supplies fuel oil, gasoline, and other petroleum products to customers throughout the community.
Petroleum products are delivered to Catons by rail and distributed to its customers by tanker and delivery trucks.
Wilkins Flour & Milling company supplier of baking products to Wonder Baking Company and other customers.
The Heritage Furniture Company manufactures wood furniture with a retail store in the business district.
Mission Electric Engine Company manufactures small, medium and large industrial electric engines as well as parts; like Heritage they have a small retail store in the business district.
Name: Baltimore & York Railroad (B & Y)
Scale: HO (1:87.1)
Room Size: 8’ x 22’
Helix: 4’ x 4’ single tack
Era: 1980s to mid-2000’s
Style: Double deck on all four sides of room with center isle
Mainline run: 60’ to 230’
Minimum turnout: #6
Minimum radius: 24”
Maximum grade: 2 percent
Benchwork: Open grid with ½” foam board on top of ½” plywood
Height& Width: lower level 42” H – 30”W, upper level 65” H – 16” W
Track: Code 83
Scenery: Cardboard lattice covered with Hydrocal plaster towels. Fall season is depicted on the layout
Backdrop: Wallpaper with clouds and mountains
Control: Bachmann E-Z Command controller
Access to Train Room: Duck under lower level or engage swing gate
Nick’s Scrap Metal Yard
Clearwater Freight Company
CSX Intermodal Container Yard
J. S. Wilson lumber yard
Status of layout:
Lower level 90% completed
Upper Level 20% completed
A huge big thank you to Tom for sharing his HO scale scrap yard layout.
It’s funny how just naming the businesses and places really bring a layout to life.
I really like what Tom has done – hope you enjoyed it as much as me.
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.
Remember, it’s the start that stops most folks…
PPS If HO scale train layouts is your thing, there are more here.