HO scale tunnels

Wayne’s been back in touch with his HO scale tunnels.

If you missed his first post it’s here.

And there’s also his scratch build, which is here.

“Hi Al,

I have a start on my hills now.

I am trying to get something that looks like it might be finished.

I have three different colors on my hills. So far it seams that its going to work.

I still need to see if static grass can work on the hills. I am kind of pushing myself. I am leaving the middle of April for a 4 mo. road trip on my Harley trike.

While I am gone nothing will be done on the layout.

HO scale tunnels

HO scale tunnels

HO scale tunnels

HO scale tunnels

HO scale tunnels

Except for ballasting the track I think this part of the hillside is just done? Right, sounds good.

I guess its right, your layout is never done. I have just finished some of the mountains, and now I am tearing up track and roadbed.

I widened one leg of my coal mine, then started tearing up the roadbed for the icehouse.

I have cut about 1 1/2 in’s off the bottom of the icehouse. When I but it togeather, this thing was huge. Far too much ice for this layout.

Now I have added a office at one end, shortened the ice loading platform, added a couple of doors. Making a cattle holding pen with ramps. This is needed for the new beef packing co. that is in 1/2 of the ice house, plus lots of cows. Just for fun of it this is what we call free range cows!


A huge thanks to Wayne for sharing his HO scale tunnels – if you look at his earlier posts, you can see just how busy he has been, and what a project it is.

Can’t wait until the next update!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to start on your layout – don’t let the start stop you!



15 Responses to HO scale tunnels

  1. Paul says:

    Very nice set up Wayne and coming a long nicely , A lot of effort and planning has gone into the layout to date keep us all updated ….Excellent work

  2. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Wayne things are coming along with your layout.
    You should take care when taking your photos. I’m not sure if you are aware but your 1/2 naked reflection is in the mirror at the back of the 2nd last photo.

  3. Roger Coleman says:

    Looking at the mirror photo I’ve had the same when learning how to take an eye level photos using a mini cam.
    Fortunately not published I’m learning now too kneel down.
    Actually I get a lot of enjoyment looking at people’s homes and garages especially the USA ones as life is different to UK.

  4. Robert Brady says:

    That is one big organized mess you got there Wayne. Now go put some draws on! ur mountains at the beginning look like they were bombarded with meteors. I’m sure after all the ground cover is finished they’ll be fine Wayne’s World.
    The Critic

  5. Hello Al
    Layout looks great,esp the mountains and gravel mine. Be safe on your road trip.

  6. Erick says:

    Pretty neat idea.!!!!

  7. Johnny says:

    Great appearance, keep up the Great Work.

  8. Denny says:

    Just wondering if anyone has tried to glue thin narrow strips of plastic to the outside track rails that are going through tunnels to keep locos and rolling stock from coming off of the track? You would want to start the plastic far enough inside so they would not be able to be seen through the portal.
    Thank you Al for a great site, and thanks very much for the hard work that you do!

  9. Jim Robinson says:

    It definitely appears you’re going about it the right way. Keep us posted, and have a great trip.

  10. Rick Hall says:

    Stay safe on the ride. This layout MUST be completed! Really nice.

  11. Patrick Hanlon says:

    Would love to see a picture of the entire layout on paper. Looks very interesting. I like some of your turn out, elevated track and curves. Mountains too. These are great ideas when I extended my 4×8 in my 12’ by 34’ half basement. Thanks for sharing.

  12. wayne watts says:

    I started this replay earler but lost it, so here I go again.
    Robert Brady: yes you are right that was a horrable night when we had the meteor shower.lucky no one was hurt. I think by blending them in they don’t look to bad. with the groung cove, and trees they blend in ok, and the cows running wild in the hills is a good distraction.
    Patrick Hanlon: I think I sent that in on one of my past posts. The mountains are crumpled screen wire covered with cheese cloth dipped in plaster of paris. All the main line raidius are 30 inch. I used a lot of atlas #595, and #596 radius turn outs.
    I would like to thank everyone for your comments, they realy do help.

    Jest to let everyone know when I took the shot with my reflection in the window, I didn’t know until after I had sent it. I did have shorts on.

  13. Robert Brady says:

    Wayne, You’re all right with me. U’d the man. Carry on! Show us the finished product.
    The Critic

  14. Yes, I would have to agree that your on the right track, but I would buy some custom made trees?

  15. wayne w. watts says:

    Robert the critic: thanks for the metor shower.

    Michael Ormsby : what is the difference between custom made trees and the ones that I purchased and are using on the layout now.If you can tell me where to look I will see what they have.

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